The 25th ifva Awards Finalist Screening

A Gong

Liu Yen-chen, Zozo Jhen, Chan Ka-yin, Marine Varguy, Tena Galovic  (Taiwan)

Col / 5' 39"/ In Taiwanese with Chinese and English subtitles

The 25th ifva Awards Animation Category Silver Award

An inner journey of a 7-year-old boy’s acceptance of his grandpa’s death in a traditional Taiwanese funeral. After following all the steps of the ceremony, he has to find his own way to express the sentiment of losing someone. The entire film is finished by hand-drawn oil pastel with subtle animation style, portraying a unique Taiwanese tale.

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27/2 (Sat) | 2:30pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Hong Kong | DCP | 105’ | HK$ 80/64* 

Artist’s Statement

Throughout the prescribed, vivid and ritualised Taiwanese funeral, the initial emotion of losing significant one is no longer expressible straightforwardly. After the observation in ceremony, we want to express a pure sentiment through an innocent 7-year-old kid who has not been experienced or taught to any belief about death, to see how he can express it in his own way.