Taiwan's first group of modern poets gather in the 1930s in a quiet protest against the cultural superiority of the colonial power. Aesthetically sophisticated and uncompromising.
Taiwan had already been under Japanese rule for forty years, and was in a stable period of cultural assimilation, when the country's first modern art group – 'Le Moulin' – arose in the 1930s in a poetic protest against the colonial power's cultural superiority. The name reflected the small group's orientation towards the West and especially France, with the surrealists as their absolute role models. In an uncompromising and aesthetically sophisticated reconstruction of the group's underground activities, the young filmmaker Huang Ya-Li has created a delicate and evocative feature film debut about a historical period that paved the way for a new freedom and self-awareness. A film where enigmatic tableaux and beautifully calligraphed texts surround the 'Moulin' members, and where you sense an echo of their fellow Taiwanese writer Hou Hsiao-Hsien's epic and elliptical period dramas.
—Introduced by 2015 CPH:DOX