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At the 17th edition of Five Flavors, as last year, there is a system of booking seats at cinema screenings for accreditation and pass holders. It is important to us that we take care not to overcrowd the rooms and avoid queues at the entrance.
Only a reservation guarantees you a seat at a screening!
The reservation system is very simple and is based on similar principles as buying tickets for individual screenings - just login to your account, visit the page of the selected film and click "book". Detailed information can be found below.
Please make reservations only for the screenings you wish to attend. Reservations can be cancelled, even at the last minute - please remember this and always cancel your reservation if you cancel your screening - this will allow other viewers to use the available space.
Reservations will be possible from Tuesday, 14 November from 12:00 p.m. for all the festival's films.
Reservation of seats
for pass and accreditation holders
Tuesday, November 14, 12:00 pm
If you decide to attend a screening at the last minute or for any other reason you do not book in advance, and there are seats available in the auditorium, your booking will be made "automatically" at the entrance to the auditorium after scanning your pass.
For most of the screenings there will be free seats before the show itself. However, please pay special attention to the screenings of those films that we only show in the cinema - we expect the highest attendance at these screenings.
You can use an electronic pass by presenting it to ticket takers on your phone screen.
Nobody escapes their family story, even if emigration is on the table. The past is
a baggage you carry wherever you go, and the relationships between parents and their children is are the heaviest. The makers of "Boluomi" are weaving a tale combining two threads set over 60 years apart. In the contemporary Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, Wu Yi-fan, a young Malay of Chinese origins, is studying agriculture and working part-time in a restaurant, trying to find his way in the new reality. There, he meets Laila, a young cleaner from the Philippines.
Through flashbacks, we learn about the history of his family – Wu Yi-fan's father was born in the 1950s in the jungle, like many other children whose parents were fighting the British in a guerrilla war for the country's independence.
Lau Kek-Huat and Vera Chen skillfully move between the two narrative threads. Even though the father and the son appear together in only one scene, its emotional load and symbolism turns their complex relationship, filled with reproach, despise, and unspoken love, into the main axis of the movie.
The filmmakers also focus on the wider context of economic migration to Taiwan, a country hard to classify, located somewhere between the Global North and the Global South. The experience of migration painfully reveals the unequal distribution of wealth and privilege, and the class divisions marking some incomers as temporary cheap labor, and others as a welcome source of intellectual capital. Through showing the relationship between Laila and Wu Yi-fan, the filmmakers outline the possibility of creating a community of migrants – multinational and multi-ethnic communities could be the source of an inner strength and an alternative for isolation or the suffocating diasporas. In "Boluomi," reconstructing the individual story and finding the feeling of belonging in a new place are only possible outside urban spaces, through contact with nature, which possesses a mysterious power granting the access to the collective memory.
Lau Kek Huat
Malaysian filmmaker based in Taiwan. His short film "Nia'a door" won Best Short Film Award and Sonje Award in Busan IFF, and was selected for 38th Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF. His written first feature film "Boluomi", also won him the Tokyo Talent Award 2015, Best Script Award in 2013 Taiwan and was selected for La Fabrique Cinema du monde. Both his documentaries "Absent without leave" and "The Tree Remembers" still face censorship challenge today in Malaysia. He is an alumnus of Golden Horse Academy and Berlinale & Tokyo Talents.
2008 Rat (kr. m.)
2012 When It Rains (kr. m.)
2015 Nia's Door (kr. m.)
2016 Absent Without Leave (dok.)
2018 Ten Years Taiwan (segment "The Sleep")
2019 The Tree Remembers (dok.)
Film and stage actress, theatrical director. Born in 1980 in central Taiwan, she studied biotechnology before achieving her maters degree in Contmporary Performative Arts at Brunel University in United Kingdom. She works with Lau Kek-huat since 2015, starring in his short features "Nia’s Door", "A Scene Of The Sea" and "Ten Years Taiwan".