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Heavy Craving

Da e
dir. Hsieh Pei-ju
Taiwan 2019, 90’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Taipei FF 2019 - Best Debut, Best Costume (nomination), International New Talent Competition Award
Taiwan 2019
Duration: 90’
director: Hsieh Pei-ju
screenplay: Hsieh Pei-ju
cinematography: Chang Hao-jan
editing: Chen A-bo
music: Lin Hung-tao
VFX supervisor: Hulk Chen
cast: Tsai Jia-yin, Samantha Ko, Chang Yao-jen, Lene Lai, Chang En-wei
producer: Wang Jing, E.N. Lee
production: While Films, Sunshine and Moonlight Co.
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

Ying-juan is an extraordinary chef, but due to her overweight she constantly meets rejection and criticism from a society that only accepts slim and young bodies. She works as a cook in a kindergarten run by her demanding mother, who embodies the dietary rigor and pursuit of the ideal of beauty. She forces her daughter to enroll in a popular weight loss programme in exchange for Ying-juan being able to decide on the kindergarten lunch menu herself. The young woman starts fight with her own body. However along the way she will encounter true friends and comradades in an uneven battle against oneself...

In her full-length debut, the Taiwanese director Hsieh Pei-ju uses genre conventions and a classic narrative model to reflect on eating disorders, which is one of the most serious problems of the modern society that affects almost all of us. The sunny colour tone of the  film frames collides with the dark fairytale about loneliness in society, which pushes all non-normative people to self-destruction. In "Heavy Craving", the heroine is confronted with her demons, embodied in aggressively optimistic, forever smiling flawless ideal of beauty. Honest, humorous script written by Hsieh Pei-ju and Tsai Jia-yin's brilliant acting are undeniable strengths of the film, which won the audience award at this year's Taipei Film Festival.

Maja Korbecka

Hsieh Pei-ju

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Hsieh Pei-ju is a scriptwriter, producer and film director. She earned a BFA degree in Motion Picture at the National Taiwan University of Arts and in 2009 she pursued MFA degree in Film Directing at Columbia University. While in New York she completed a short film, "Knighthood", that screened at 2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. After returning to Taiwan, she started working on a segment for the anthology film "Ten Years Taiwan" alongside four other outstanding young filmmakers. Developed during Berlinale Talents 2016 Script Station, "Heavy Craving" is her full-length debut.


2007 Peep (kr.m.)
2013 Knighthood (kr.m.)
2014 Holothurian (kr.m.)
2018 Ten Years Taiwan (segment "A Making-Of")
2019 Wielki apetyt / Da e / Heavy Craving

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