Movie Discussion - "The Hole"

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"The Hole"

Year: 1998

Country: Taiwan

Cast: The woman downstairs (Yang Kuei-mei), the man upstairs (Lee Kang-Sheng)

Director: Tsai Ming-liang

Awards: Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize (1998), Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature (1998)

Plot: A strange disease starts to affect people in Taiwan just before the year 2000. The authorities order everyone to evacuate, but some tenants of an apartment building stay put, including a shop owner who lives by himself. One day, a plumber goes to the shop owner's apartment to check the pipes. The plumber drills a small hole in the floor, which comes down through the ceiling of another apartment. The hole never gets repaired, and this leads to some tension between the shop owner and the woman who lives below him.

The Hole was made for the 2000, Seen By... project, initiated by the French company Haut et Court to produce films depicting the approaching turn of the millennium seen from the perspectives of 10 different countries.

Please watch the film before the discussion. You can watch it on Kanopy for free:


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You will receive an email with the Zoom link approximately 1 hour before the start of this event.