March 19 – 30
At Tower City
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Country: NETHERLANDS, TAIWAN, FRANCE
Run Time: 83 minutes
Twenty-year-old Jitze is a cocky Dutch professional video gamer in Taipei for a tournament. During his downtime he works out in the hotel gym, monitors his nutrition, develops game plans with his teammates, and practices for hours on end. When his shoulder starts hurting, he's unable to compete. Frustrated, he goes walking through the alien, garish streets. He needs to be on the move, much like the characters in the games he understands better than real people. When he witnesses a fatal accident, Jitze's tunnel vision starts opening up and he realizes his life is missing something. He meets an aloof local named Min Min, whom he follows to her job as a "betel nut girl." It's a bizarre profession, unique to Taiwan: scantily-clad beauties wait in elevated, neon-lit glass kiosks for men to drive by and purchase nuts. Min Min rejects Jitze's tentative advances, suggesting they hook up instead in the online game Second Life. No longer lost in translation, their avatars are able to meet briefly as friends. R U THERE asks, "Will the increasingly virtual nature of your life contribute to your gradual alienation from humanity?" (In Dutch and English with subtitles) –B.B.
Monday, March 28, 2011 at 4:20 PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
David Verbeek studied at the Dutch Film Academy and has lived in New York and Shanghai. His work deals with subjects that affect younger generations across nationalities.
"Beat" (2005), "Shanghai Trance" (2008), R U THERE (2010)
This film is presented with the generous support of MIKE FLUELLEN.