Missing Pictures Episode 2: Tsai-Ming Liang, the Seven-Story Building

  • Clément Deneux, Kuan-Yuan Lai
  • France, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, South Korea
  • 2021
  • 12 min
  • Immersive
  • Dutch Premiere
  • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA Doclab Spotlight

Almost every filmmaker has had an experience of “the one that got away”: a film that didn’t get made, whether because of a lack of money, a troublesome star, or disasters on the set. The VR series Missing Pictures offers famous directors the opportunity to bring a lost project back to life in an animated virtual world. In the first edition, which was part of last year’s IDFA DocLab, Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) transported us into his dystopian vision of 1980s New York.

This second episode, about Tsai Ming-liang, the Taiwanese maestro of slow cinema, contrasts starkly with the first, in both atmosphere and style. As Tsai explains right at the start, he doesn't have a “missing picture,” but what he does have are childhood memories that would be impossible for him to film. He talks about how he grew up with his grandparents, who took him out to see two films every evening. So instead of this being a making-of of an unmade film, Tsai gives us a making-of of his entire film career.


  • 12 min
  • Spoken languages: English, Mandarin
Clément Deneux, Kuan-Yuan Lai
Antoine Cayrol for Atlas V, Oriane Hurard for Atlas V, Estela Valdivieso Chen for Serendipity, Adam Cullen Young for Serendipity
Hélène Walland for Wildfang Films sarl-s, Christian Neuman for Wildfang Films sarl-s, Jay Kim for Giioii, Marianne Lévy-Leblond for ARTE, Lamia Daboussy for BBC, Pei Hua Yu for PTS Taiwan
Moonshine Creation CO
Sound Design
BIAS Studio

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Dutch Premiere
DocLab: Liminal Reality
IDFA Doclab Spotlight

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