A Lean Soul
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    A Lean Soul

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    Taiwan

    2020

    104 min

    • Mandarin

    Documentary

    Best Documentary & Best Visual Effects Nomination - 2021 Taipei Film Awards, 2020 Taipei Golden Horse FF

    A Lean Soul examines the life and works of Taiwanese novelist Qi Dengsheng. The filmmakers were able to obtain in-depth interviews not only with Qi’s closest friends and relatives, but also with the notoriously camera-shy Qi himself. The film also vividly dramatizes many passages from Qi’s intensely autobiographical works of fiction. The result is an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most important and controversial Taiwanese writers of the last fifty years.

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    Explores the eccentric and enigmatic writer Qidengsheng through prose, interviews and surreal scenes inspired by his work.

    Taipei Times

    Chu Hsien-Che

    Chu Hsien-Che

    Taiwan

    CHU has worked as a director and writer for more than twenty years. In 2001, his film PICK OF THE LITTER: STRAY DOGS earned the Best Documentary at the Golden Horse Awards. His feature film, WHITE ANT, was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2016 Busan International Film Festival. A LEAN SOUL (2020) is his latest film.

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