The Story of Southern Islet
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At the 16th 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, 15 November from 12:00 p.m. for all the festival's films.
Reservation of seats
for pass and accreditation holders
Tuesday, November 15, 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 Edward Yang's works and the screenings of those films that we only show in the cinema - we expect the highest attendance at these screenings.
This year, you will also be able to use an electronic pass by presenting it to ticket takers on your phone screen.
A mysterious illness keeps Yan's husband in bed. Is it because a couple of days earlier he was trying to catch a snake on a fenced field? This is the sort of a matter that the villagers from a small Malaysian community on the border with Thailand usually talk about to the shaman, not to the doctor, but the woman wants to do everything she can to help her husband. Meanwhile, the life of the village goes on as usual, unshaken by the supernatural phenomena and extraordinary transformations of its inhabitants.
The film is set in the late 1980s, when traditional shamanistic practices were still widespread in Malaysia. Today, the rituals are forbidden and ousted by the authorities, this is why the filmmakers had a hard time getting the film past the censors. The director goes back to the time and place of his childhood, showing a particular, borderline region of Malaysia and the community of Chinese origins he himself is a part of – one that has been organically rooted in the new motherland for a long time, but is still looking back to their country of origin.
This beautifully made film is a story from a particular region, and an oneiric journey into the world of childhood memories, where the line between truth and imagination is blurred, and to the time in our lives when we are not yet afraid to ask the most important questions.
Chong Keat Aun
A Malaysian Chinese director. In 2017 his short film, "Cemetery of Courtesy", was nominated for 22nd Busan International Film Festival – Wide Angle Category. In 2020 his first feature film, "The Story of Southern Islet", was awarded the FIPRESCI prize and Best New Director Award in the 57th Taipei Golden Horse Awards.
2017 Cemetery of Courtesy (kr.m.)
2021 Historia południowej wyspy / Nan wu / The Story of Southern Islet