“A cosmos opens before us, one which manages to be of universal cultural significance and extremely intimate at the same time.”
DATE: 11 Mar 2018
TIME: 3:00 pm
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Original Title Ri Chang Dui Hua
Language Taiwanese with English Subtitles
Director Huang Hui-chen
Run Time 88min
A family story of a very special kind, produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Awards & Screenings
Teddy Award, Best Documentary (Berlinale) 2017, Nominated Golden Horse Award - Best Documentary & Best Editing (Golden Horse Film Festival) 2017, Frameline 2017
Anu is a tomboy. Married off at a young age—as was customary in Taiwan in the 1970s—and had two children, Anu soon divorced her violent husband and raised her daughters alone. Since then her only romantic relationships have been with women whom, like her, earn a living as professional mourners at funerals.
It’s considered taboo in Taiwanese culture to question a mother’s love, but that’s exactly the topic of her daughter, Hui-chen Huang’s intimate portrait. Mother and daughter setoff on a journey together into the past, during which Hui-chen confronts Anu with questions that have tormented Hui-chen for many years.