FICTION

Lost and Found

Caspar Pfaundler
Sternfeld is sent by a lawyer's office to Taipei to investigate a Compact Disc pirating operation and to document the sales of said CDs on video. He fails to make contact with his informant and ends up wandering aimlessly through the city. His repeated visits to a prostitute do nothing to reduce his feelings of alienation. Only when he meets Chang do his perceptions begin to change. She gets to him. However, he ends up using her in order to complete his mission, but not without consequences. The camera work brings a first person perspective of the main character's experiences in a foreign environment. The strange surroundings are also characterised by the filmwork. It turns out that Sternfeld is also being observed by his soon to be torturers. As a result the viewer sees two subjective views as opposed to the usual 'invisible' camera. This proximity to reality creates it's own poetry and prose, taking us on a voyage of discovery for the senses in exotic surroundings and allowing for many private and intimate moments.
Technical Data
Running time: 85
Format: 35mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.85
Sound: Stereo
Language spoken: German/English/Mandarin/Taiwanese
Subtitles: English
Production year: 2001
Credits
Director(s): Caspar Pfaundler
Writer(s): Caspar Pfaundler
Cinematographer(s): Caspar Pfaundler, Wendell Lee
Key cast: Wu Su-jen, Caspar Pfaundler, Wu Chi-lin, Shu Gi-shan, Yiau Jon-jen, Joe Peng, Slash Huang, Stephen Hsiao, Liu Wun-chou, Wu Ping-ching, Lin Kuei-chi
Producer: Caspar Pfaundler
Producers: Caspar Pfaundler, Wu Su-jen