RAIFF 2012 | 10+10

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Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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Taiwan 2011 | 115:00 | Toronto Premiere


Omnibus Presentation | Sun Nov 11, 5:15 PM | The Royal

10+10 is a collection of five minute films done by Taiwanese filmmakers. The 20 presentations are from ten emerging and ten veteran film makers. The project was actually initiated by the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan to show the diversity in Taiwanese film-making. The directors were given complete freedom to explore what they wanted to represent and their passion for the project is evident from the work.

All the shorts were set in Taiwan but the themes, locations and time settings are all different. I liken this anthology to reading a book of short stories. What I like about short stories is that it forces the author to bring out the best of their descriptive work in the short amount of space that they have. It compresses the timelines of the story and only the important things are said or revealed. That being said, this was the perfect film for me. It had a great variety of stories and because you knew it was only 5 minutes long, every second demanded your attention. The emotions of the story must be extremely compact and able to draw out the viewer’s attention. As a result, the acting is terrific and nuanced and the cinematography is concise and exact.

I went into this series not knowing any of the directors or knowing anything about Taiwan and I enjoyed learning about the country’s culture, history and geography. 10+10 really has something for everyone—comedy, drama, action and romance. There’s no sequence to the order, so a historical piece might be followed by one that seemed to have been shot last year. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys character studies—or those with low attention spans. You’ll get a good variety of different shooting styles and narratives of course. If you have the opportunity—take a few people with you to see this movie and ask them which ones they were drawn to or impacted them the most. Mine was Chang Tso-chi’s “Sparkles” which brought tears to my eyes. But laughter was also present, particularly in the first film in the collection by Wang Toon entitled The Ritual (Deities wearing 3D glasses? Classic!).

My only critique is on a technical level—the subtitles were a bit too small and with a brightly lit scene, the white letters pretty much blended into the screen. Other than that, 10+10 is a must see!

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