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Closing Time 打烊時刻 (2018)

Documentary 1h 56m

Swiss filmmaker Nicole Vogele’s “Closing Time” (2018) captures the calm after the storm of midnight living. The film draws attention to the quiet, fatigued period that follows the hustle and bustle of Taipei’s vibrant city life and the night shift workers that keep the city awake well into the early hours of the next day. The documentary follows a middle-aged Taiwanese couple, Mr. Kuo and Mrs. Lin, who run a restaurant that is open throughout the night and is frequented by graveyard shift workers and night owls alike, with clientele ranging from taxi drivers finishing 18-hour shifts to tattoo artists, gamblers, and karaoke-mad couples. One morning, while Mr. Kuo is travelling home from the market, he decides to venture out of his comfortable day-to-day existence and visit the seaside, perhaps as a reprieve from the confines of the urban jungle and to immerse himself once again in nature.

Director

Nicole Vögele

Screenwriter

Nicole Vögele

Cinematography

Stefan Sick

Editor

Hannes Bruun

Sound Designer

Jonathan Schorr

Languages

Taiwanese, Mandarin

Subtitles

English

Countries

Switzerland, Germany

Studios

Beauvoir Films, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg