Sun 14.11
21:00 - 22:39
Vega 2
Sun 21.11
20:45 - 22:24
Vega 3

Taiwan and the rest of the world has for some time been victims of a flu-like pandemic. Scientists warn that the virus shares some common traits with rabies, and that they are worried about new mutations. Even so, society is finally moving back towards a more normal existence. So it is for young couple Jim and Kat, whose day starts just like any other workday, as they leave their shared home for work. What they don’t yet know is that the virus has indeed mutated, and just as they go their separate ways, the new mutation is spreading like wildfire through the streets of Taipei. Instead of having mild flu symptoms, the infected are reduced to creatures of pure rage, driven by their most sadistic instincts.

Director Rob Jabbaz tackles the world of zombie cinema in his debut feature, and brings it to a very dark place. Jabbaz has clearly set his mind on depicting one version of hell on earth, and is successful at that. The result is an extremely violent film, so please consider yourself warned.

“Jabbaz's confident, daring debut operates on pure, unbridled fury. It's a vicious anthem that keeps you in its grip, forces you to stare into the abyss, and dares you to look away.” – Bloody Disgusting

Presented in collaboration with Ramaskrik Film Festival.

Mads Wølner Voss


Rob Jabbaz er en kanadisk filmskaper som også har gjort seg kjent som selvlært animatør. De siste årene har han lagd flere animerte kortfilmer. The Sadness er Jabbaz’ første spillefilm, som hadde premiere på Locarno filmfestival i sommer.

This film is part of

Thrills & Chills

Original title Ku bei

Country Taiwan, Canada

Year 2021

Director Rob Jabbaz

Screenplay Rob Jabbaz

Cinematography Jie-Li Bai

Producer David Barker, Eunice Cheng, Li-Cheng Huang

Cast Ying-Ru Chen, Ralf Chiu, Wei-Hua Lan

Production Company Machi Xcelsior Studios

Distribution Njutafilms

Runtime 1h 39m

Language Mandarin

Subtitles English

Genre Suspense

Format DCP

Age limit 18

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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