The Silent Forest
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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.
Chang Cheng is a deaf teenager, apprehensive about starting a new school for the youth just like him. But the first impression turns out to be very positive, he finally feels safe among his peers. On top of that, the boy's attention is snatched by a fellow student, Beibei, who seems to be interested in him too. But it soon turns out that the school is ruled by a complex system of harassment of younger kids by older students, which the adults have been ignoring for years. Nothing here is simple, including the reaction of the victims, so how can this rigid circle of silence and abuse be broken?
The film, based on a true story, caused a shock and a national debate in Taiwan, and received eight nominations for the most important local prizes – the Golden Horse Awards. And deservedly so. The shocking subject was put into an amazing form, creating a literal, yet non-exploitative story. A special mention goes to the soundtrack, showing the world of people using sign language, unable to express their fear through screaming.
Interventionist cinema rarely goes beyond its immediate role. "Silent Forest" is an exception. Ko Chen-nien focuses not only on the reconstruction of the shocking events, but also on showing universal mechanisms of the rise and rule of evil, and of the traumas it leads to.
Taiwanese director and screenwriter. Her first short film "Horse with No Name," devoted to the subject of school violence, received a Golden Horse Award nomination in 2011. "Silent Forest" is her feature debut.
2010 Horse with No Name (film krótkometrażowy)
2014 Ni jing / Under the Water (film krótkometrażowy)
2020 Milczący las / Wusheng / The Silent Forest