Note: The fist one on the list is Lady Yangban's first full-length feature film. Unknown Soldier 78 minutes Ellison (aka L) just graduated high school and life is breezy. But after his father suddenly dies, all his security is gone. He bounces from place to place staying with a series of friends before landing on the street, and into a shelter. Desperate, he tries to enlist, but the asthma he got from government housing disqualifies him for the Army. Finally, he turns to Zee, his charismatic wealthy neighbor, who has hustled his way up from the streets. Will L honor his hard-working father, or go the way of the streets? “In the end it’s clear L has become a man...He’s left without a home, but his body and soul are intact” (Ferenc Toth) Shattered Dreams 100min Lee Daw-ming, documentary director and TV producer, portrays a weary life of a Thai illegal immigrant. As a wage labor, these Thai workers come to Taiwan to get more wages, and this makes their life more miserable. This film was invited to several film festivals such as 2004 Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2003 Taipei Film Festival and 2003 Taiwan Interntional Ethnographic Film Festival. From Short Films 1 Choosing Love, Judging Love 16min [It] is the story of how the love of two people affects their relationships with the other around them. The love Rosemary chose as a young lady has forced her to live as an outsider. Her daughter Elizabeth serve as a living reminder of her chosen, lost love of her past. What could Rosemary do to her daughter? From Short Films 2 R.E.M 57min Amit, a promising filmmaker, suspects his wife Adi is having an affair. While trying to verify his life suspicions, sophia, a mysterious actress invades his life, pulling him into a whirlpool of doubt. Oblivion 23min A man is headed for the city of oblivion. There is not much time. He wanders around the city looking for a woman. However, the city deeply immersed in oblivion is getting to be a strong labyrinth to him. From Short Films3 When the things get confused 6min An angel and a devil come, out of nowhere, in front of a girl trying to commit suicide. An angel keeps saying "linger on", whereas a devil encourage her to do it. The girl's got confused to whom she needs to listen. What in the world can happen to her?It's just to bad she didn't get Ross McElwee's Sherman's March (which I heard was great) or Bright Leaves (which is set in my home state of North Carolina). I would have loved a free screening. UPDATE: Arggghh! I met Lady Yangban earlier this evening and we had this conversation:
LY: I feel good. Y: Why? LY: I helped a friend (from her old KBS translation class). Y: Really? LY: Yeah, I helped her get a film to translate at the festival. Y: Oh. What kind of film? LY: A documentary about some general. Y: 'Sherman's March?' LY: Yeah, that's it. Y: Arggghh!Life can be cruel.