TSENG Ying-Ting Taiwan 128 mins NC16 (Some Nudity and Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
Traversing the margins of Taiwanese society, this slow-burn thriller lays bare the invisible grief and grievances that connect us.
The new year delivers a homicide case of a runaway migrant worker to Wu Jie, a cop grieving the loss of her husband. Elsewhere, another death occurs among a group of undocumented workers. Illicit broker You-Sheng buries the body to prevent the authorities from uncovering the clandestine migrant network. But he becomes implicated in the murders after the police receive a mysterious phone call.
Tracing the illegal migrant labour brokerage system in suburban Taiwan, the slow-burn thriller exposes the selective myopia of a society that casts the sidelined further into secrecy and dispossession. Yet The Abandoned also shows the magnitude of empathetic space that those who have loved and lost can hold for each other.
TSENG Ying-Ting received his MFA in filmmaking at the National Taiwan University of Arts. His 2016 television film The Cat in the Closet earned accolades for cinematography, editing and sound at the Golden Bell Awards. His debut feature The Last Verse (2017) premiered at Busan.