SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Documentary Film Screening of "A Rolling Stone" (築巢人) and Q&A with Director Shen Ko-shang

Shen Ko-shang (沈可尚)

Date: 17 June 2019Time: 3:15 PM

Finishes: 17 June 2019Time: 5:15 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Summer School

As this event is part of our SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School, we kindly ask that you register to attend


Director Sheng


Director Biography

SHEN Ko-shang, being one of Taiwan's new generation of directors, shows his talent with feature films, documentaries, experimental films, as well as commercial advertising.

His distinguished works including documentary films Silent Delta, The Pigeon Game, Baseball Boys, Fading, Children From The Distant Planet, A Rolling Stone, Ways into Love, and feature films Layover, Two Juliets, Power On, On the Bus, A Nice Travel, and End of A Century: Mia's Story. His works has nominated by many well-known festivals, including Festival de Cannes in France, Visions du Réel documentary film festival in Switzerland, and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. SHEN has won many prizes, such as the First Prizes of TIDF (Taiwan International Documentary Festival), and Taipei Film Festival, and the best Documentary Film of Asia Pacific Film Festival, Frist Prize of New York Festivals International Television & Film Award, Golden Bell Awards (Taiwan), and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. His new projects: a documentary film LOVE Talk will release in 2018.




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A pair of father and son, unable to communicate with each other, yet they only have each other in this single-parent family. The son is physically a 30-year-old man and mentally a 13-year-old kid, but even more self-centered, more innocent, and more elusive. The father is 50 years old, but he has to play various roles to hold up this family. He is both father and mother to his son; he is the only friend that his son has, the only provider for his son, and he strives to connect his son’s unique creations with this world. The father always stays with his son, and they keep each other company in an almost silence. They gather up the bottles that are scattered around the house together, repetitively draw honeycombs together, make a gigantic tower with thousands of color papers together, go bowling together, pick seashells and catch snails together, and eat together. They even sleep on the same bed. They are like the one and only for each other—either of them is incomplete without the other.

What kind of love is this? Paternal love is the most evident interpretation. What else is also mixed in this paternal love? The soft and tender connection? Longing for sharing? Desire to escape? Fear for future? Reluctance to give in? Or the excessive devotion that one individual has towards another?


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