27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Chronicle of Nowhere
director: Chun-tien Chen
original title: 蜃樓記
running time: 24 min.
synopsisAt the end of the 1970s, the Taiwanese coastline was dotted by several futuristic, elliptical buildings that became known as “UFO Houses”. However, this beachfront resort, cheekily catering to the fantasy of American lifestyle, soon failed and the legacy of visionary real estate agents now stands as a ghost town. The author in his film essay ponders over capitalism, architecture and the meanings of utopia, combining digital and celluloid materials to build up audiovisual experience with a similar kind of energy to that of these “UFO Houses”.
“After decades, real estate speculators and opportunists were long gone, what remains is the northeast monsoon wind howling across the semi-abandoned houses. After all, history is repeating itself, akin to annual crab migration.” (Chun-Tien Chen)
biographyTaiwanese director Chun-tien Chen (b. 1989) graduated in documentary filmmaking from Tainan National University of the Arts. Chen makes documentary, animated and experimental films with his topics being, most frequently, architecture and changes in urban environments. In 2021, he premiered his fiction feature debut, A Long Goodbye to the Origin.
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