Documentary Mountain Spirits focuses on Wang Wen-chih, a Taiwanese artist known for large scale installation pieces made from natural materials such as bamboo, rattan and wood. Having grown up in the mountains and forests of beautiful Chiayi County, Wang weaves his memories into his work with his own hands and through collective labour. The unique, huge spaces he constructs are known for emitting a deep and powerful sense of tranquillity, attracting countless visitors who are delighted by the surprisingly moving moments in his works and the links they suggest between the artist and his land.
Singing Chen and Kuo-liang Chiang’s documentary offers a highly engaging portrait of a true individual of Taiwanese contemporary art, following Wang on his spiritually rich journey of creation. Depicting in atmospheric detail the ways in which he uses his materials to express the distinct character of the region in which he was born, the film exudes a sense of timeless creative energy and inspiration. Covering not only his methods and artistic practices but also his philosophy and the ways in which his works involve their spectators, Mountain Spirits is an involving and quietly dynamic documentary, filled with stunning visuals and thought-provoking ideas, confirming Singing Chen as one of Taiwan’s most accomplished film makers and documentarians, and Kuo-liang Chiang similarly as a talent to watch.
We are delighted to announce that director Singing Chen wil join us after the film for a Q&A.
Singing Chen is one of the most praised and promising directors in Taiwan. Her works are known for being highly stylised and fast-paced, with focuses on issues in art and culture. In 2000 her critically acclaimed first 16mm feature Bundled received won her numerous awards at both domestic and international film festivals including Best Drama and Best New Director at Taipei Film Festival and Ecumenical Jury Awards and ACAT Human Rights Special Awards at Fribourg Film Festival, IN the same year, she completed a 35mm experimental documentary, Floating Island – Who is Fishing?, which was invited to the Taiwan International Documentary Festival and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. In 2007 her film God, Man, Dog was selected in The Forum at the Berlin International Film Festival and was voted Best Film by Der Tagesspiegel, the biggest newspaper in Germany. Following this, it was invited to more than 30 film festivals around the world including Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea and Fribourg Film Festival in Switzerland.
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