Fluiding Stage
Director: Lin Chi-shou
Diminishing Memories
SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA/2005/English, Chinese/Color, B&W/Video/27min
Director: Eng Yee Peng
Fluiding Stage’s camera journeys with a traveling puppet theater as it quietly criss-crosses people and places. Here is the ambience of an era left behind by a modernizing Taiwan. Home village of Singaporian director of Diminishing Memories, Lim Chu Kang was demolished by a state’s development plan. Gathering the memories of former villagers, the film laughs in the face of Singaporean “history.”
9.22(Fri) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.27(Wed) 20:05 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
The Virgin of Palermo
GERMANY, ITALY/2005/Italian/B&W/35mm/82min
Director: Antonio Guidi
July’s Santa Rosalia fiesta in Palermo, Sicily celebrates the legend of a saint who saved the town from plague. Filmed in black and white, the cityscape is refine, the citizens jolly, and music gentle to the ear. Be fascinated by the richness and openness of the local culture at the heart of this vibrant festival.
9.19(Tue) 20:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.22(Fri) 14:05 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.17(Tue) 15:50 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Homesick Eyes
TAIWAN/1997/Thai, English/Color/35mm/85min
Director: Hsu Hsiao-ming *no English subtitles
Hsu Hsiao-ming focuses on four Asian laborers in Taiwan. Philippine house servants and Thai construction workers are the new nomads of more industrialized countries. Hsu skips the usual newsreel style and opts to delineate the homesick hearts of four individuals. The result is both touching and realistic.
9.22(Fri) 15:50 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
The House Masters
TAIWAN/2004/Mandarin, Taiwanese/Color/Video/89min
Director: Wu Yii-feng
After the devastating 1999 Taiwan earthquake, The House Masters records the efforts of the survivors living in Shihmen Village in Guosing Township, Nantou County as they try to help themselves on the road to recovery without media or government aid. The film follows the stubborn attempts of senior residents to go on living in tents. The activities of the residents in a housing complex called “The House Masters” also come into focus as the earthquake exposes the use of inferior construction materials. The elderly eventually pass away in loneliness, while the housing complex residents suing the construction company are confronted with legal contradictions. A final note adding that the trial is still in progress reminds us of the severe difficulties faced on the road from disaster to recovery.
9.22(Fri) 17:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
The Spirit of 8
TAIWAN/2003/Mandarin, Taiwanese/Color/Video/60min
Director: Li Chia-hua
Keep the Change
TURKEY/2003/Turkish/Color, B&W/Video/27min
Directors: Ceren Bayar, Dilek Iyigun, Elif Karadenizli, Ozge Kendirci, Savas Ilhan
Since causing an incident at eight years old, the director of The Spirit of 8 held fast to a feeling of guilt. At twenty-five, his camera reveals the process of freeing himself from that burden. In 2000, the Turkish authorities intervened in a hunger strike of political prisoners, causing them to suffer memory loss. Keep the Change challenges a Turkish society that has forgotten the incident.
9.18(Mon) 20:05-Director (Li Chia-hua) present @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.22(Fri) 19:35-Director (Li Chia-hua) present @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.28(Thu) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater

Presented by Cinamatrix
Co-presented by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee, Athenee Francais Cultural Center, The Film School of Tokyo, Polepole Higashinakano

With support from the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)