Yet Midi Z shows that he is not a filmmaker tied to the doctrine of realism. Toward the end of Poor Folk, Sun-mei and her friend pass a crashed aircraft on a vast, empty plain in the border village. In the otherwise hyper-realistic film, the digitally rendered plane is a curious commentary on the act of crossing borders. It’s this just-right blend of vision and cinematic sensibilities that make Midi Z a promising talent and a name to watch closely.
Return to Burma and Poor Folk are playing at SPOT — Taipei Film House (台北光點), 18, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市中山北路二段18號) until May 17. Both films have subtitles in Chinese and English.