The celebrated Taiwanese director Hsin-Yao Huang will join us for a special screening and Q&A session of his first narrative feature film: The Great Buddha + . A film that has won numerous awards in its home country and has been screened at many notable film festivals including Toronto International Film Festival.
Best friends Pickle and Belly Button work low-income menial jobs in a bronze statue factory in Southern Taiwan. Feeling unfulfilled and bored, one night they peek into their boss’ dash cam footage and accidently discover his unspeakable secret. As a result, a ridiculous chain reaction is triggered, and even the statue of Buddha, ready to be sent to a religious festival, is forced to play a role in this chaotic situation.
“… a mordant black comedy that’s a digital-era homage to “Rear Window.” Sporting an ingeniously cinematic concept that’s nimbly executed by writer-director Huang Hsin-yao and producer-DP Chung Mong-hong, this ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment.”
– Maggie Lee, Variety.
“An audacious and funny switch to features casting a sharp eye on social inequality.”
– John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter