Ghosted is a story about love and death, and the encounter of two cultures. Hamburg artist Sophie’s world is thrown off-balance when her lover Ai-ling suddenly dies in an unknown accident. She goes to Taiwan, Ai-ling’s home country, and creates a video installation exhibition in Taipei in memory of Ai-ling. There, Sophie meets Mei Li, a reporter, who asks about Ai-ling’s death and tries to seduce the grief-stricken Sophie. Sophie rejects Mei Li and returns to Hamburg, but Mei Li visits her in front of her house. Sophie eventually accepts Mei Li, but finds out that she is neither a reporter, nor are there records of her entering Germany. Just who is she?
At this point, the film turns from a sad love story into a mysterious ghost story, but does not have a dramatic twist. Taiwanese films often portray ghosts as those who wander in the current world if they hold grudges, and Monika TREUT uses this theme to allow the woman, whose desires were repressed in life, to experience liberation after her death. These women are only able to express their desires when they become ghosts or possess other bodies. The encounter of the two cultures and their different beliefs about death often cause misunderstanding but also provide the opportunity for the reconciliation and resolution of sorrow. [CHO HyeYoung]
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Monika TREUTMonika TREUT
Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, Monika TREUT completed a PhD in literature at Marburg in 1982. She began working with video in 1976 and founded Hyena Films with ElfiMikesch in 1984. She has directed many award-winning films about feminism, gender, sexuality and human rights in countries including the USA, Brazil and Taiwan. After her 1991 comedy My Father Is Coming, she made a series of documentaries including The Raw and the Cooked which screened in the Culinary Cinema in 2012; Zona Norte screened in the Panorama in 2016. In 2017 she received a Teddy Award for her lifetime achievement.