The Skywalk is Gone

Tsai Ming-Liang

Direccions Taiwan, France 25 min Spanish premiere Fiction

Synopsis

Shiang-Chyi is wandering about Taipei Main Station without a fixed purpose. Suddenly, a woman with a big suitcase crosses the street dangerously and she decides to follow her. They are both stopped by a policeman to show their IDs. But the woman refuses, arguing that she used to cross the street by taking the skywalk and it is not her fault for now the skywalk is gone. The skywalk is gone. As if it never really existed. Why? Shiang-Chyi confuses. Were there supposed to be a skywalk here and a watch seller, Hsiao Kang, she has met before? Did all these never really happen? Or, is it the hot, blazing sun that drives her memory away? She is obsessed by the idea to find the watch seller. She is looking for him in the crowd without even feeling his close presence. The young man is just crossing her, going for his first casting…

Themes

Asian CinemaShort Film

Filmmaker

Tsai Ming-Liang

He is one of the greatest exponents of the “Second Wave” of Taiwanese cinema, with an extensive, radical and unforgettable filmography that contains such celebrated films as Goodbye, Dragon InnThe Wayward Cloud or I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone. With Vive l’amour he won the Golden Lion in Venice, with The River he won the Special Jury Prize in Berlin and with Stray Dogs, again in Venice, he won the Grand Jury Prize.

Filmography: Abiding Nowhere (2024, D'A 2024), Where Do You Stand, Tsai Ming-Liang? (short film, 2022), The Night (short film, 2021, D'A 2022), The Moon and the Tree (short film, 2021, D'A 2022), Rizi (Days) (2020, D'A 2021), Your Face (2018, D'A 2019), Afternoon (2015), Autumn Days (short film, 2015, D'A 2022), Journey to the West (2014), Stray Dogs (2013, D’A 2014), Visage (2009), I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006), The Wayward Cloud (2005), Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, D'A 2021), The Skywalk Is Gone (short film, 2002, D'A 2022), What Time Is It There? (2001), The Hole (1998), The River (1997), Vive l'amour (2004), Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

Tsai Ming-Liang

Film information

Original Title: Tian qiao bu jian le
Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Script: Tsai Ming-Liang
Contact: Homegreen Films
With: Lee Kang Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi
Country: Taiwan, France
Year: 2002
Format: DCP
Length: 25 min
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Edition: 2022

Awards

CURTAS VILA DO CONDE
Grand Prize