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Traversing the Mist
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Traversing the Mist

Tung-Yen CHOU
Taiwan
2023
30 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

Step into the body of a young Taiwanese man to roam the steamy rooms and red-lit corridors of a surreal gay sauna—with thin mattresses, shared showers and lockers holding secrets. Everywhere you go, you encounter the same nude men with identical faces. And when you look in the mirror in this animated VR, you see all your clothes—except for your underwear—vanish.

Walking further into this dimly lit network of corridors—watching, and being watched—you navigate your way through what feels like an erotic underground labyrinth. This concluding part of The Mist Trilogy by director Tung-yen Chou, following In the Mist (2020) and Gazing, In the Mist (2022) is a journey into a hidden world, from the graffiti-covered elevator to the darkrooms where you find the bodies with the help of a flashlight.

In the real world, meanwhile, you are walking around a large open area, enhancing the physical feeling of being in a real sauna. The feeling is magnified as you physically engage with live performers through the intimate yet secure lens of virtual reality.

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Credits
30 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Tung-Yen CHOU
    Tung-Yen CHOU
Production
    Tung-Yen CHOU for Very Theatre
    Tung-Yen CHOU for Very Theatre
Executive producer
    Yi-Zhen CHEN for Very Theatre,
    Ming-Chieh LIN for Very Theatre
    Yi-Zhen CHEN for Very Theatre,
    Ming-Chieh LIN for Very Theatre
Key collaborator
    Tzu-Ching WU,
    Jing-Yan LIN,
    Yun WU
    Tzu-Ching WU,
    Jing-Yan LIN,
    Yun WU
Animation
    Li-Rong LIN
    Li-Rong LIN
Developer
    Yi-Hsuan CHEN
    Yi-Hsuan CHEN
Designer
    Chun-Ju CHEN
    Chun-Ju CHEN
Sound Design
    LIAO Hai-Ting,,
    DEAN Chi-You,
    HO Kung-Shan
    LIAO Hai-Ting,,
    DEAN Chi-You,
    HO Kung-Shan
Technical artist
    Pin-Qi WANG,
    Pei-Ya YANG
    Pin-Qi WANG,
    Pei-Ya YANG
Screening copy
    Yi-Zhen CHEN for Very Theatre
    Yi-Zhen CHEN for Very Theatre
World Sales
    Very Theatre
    Very Theatre

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