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THE SADNESS

Year 2021
Runtime 99 mins
Language Mandarin, Hokkien
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
Availability
  • In-Cinema Only
Showtimes
Sep 24
9:45 PM Eau Claire 4

After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. The virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can think of. Murder, torture, rape and mutilation are only the beginning. A young couple is pushed to the limits of sanity as they try to reunite amid the chaos. The age of civility and order is no more. There is only “The Sadness.”

Reminiscent of the early days of midnight screenings, THE SADNESS is fast paced, action-packed, gory, over-the-top in every way and a ton of fun. Filmed in Taiwan, the film marks the feature film debut of Canadian writer/director Rob Jabbaz.

Countries

Taiwan
Awards
Winner, New Flesh Award for Best First Feature, Fantasia International Film Festival 2021
Festivals
Locarno Film Festival 2021, Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Director
Rob Jabbaz
Producer
David Barker, Jeffrey Huang, Wei-Chun Lu
Screenwriter
Rob Jabbaz
Cinematographer
Jie-Li Bai
Editor
Rob Jabbaz
Cast
Regina Lei, Berant Zhu, Tzu-Chiang Wang