WHAT GOES UP // MUST COME DOWN

What Goes Up // Must Come Down (2018) is a hybrid virtual reality/video installation about Taiwan's Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival.

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2018 WORLD PREMIERE

Each year as the celebration for the Lunar New Year winds down in Taiwan, tourists converge on a village just outside of Taipei to launch thousands of lanterns into the night sky. They represent the hopes of their owners, and as they soar into the darkness they make for one hell of an Instagram post. But, what happens when dawn breaks, the tourists leave, and those thousands of wishes fall out of the sky? When the celebration ends, who is left to clean up the mess?

Premiering at Lincoln Center as the Closing Night Experience of the 56th New York Film Festival.

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Ingeniously weaving virtual reality and conventional 2D filmmaking, Jongsma and O’Neill fuse two discrete documentaries about the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival into a singular whole, and suggest that our dreams may have staggering, real-world consequences.
— The Film Society of Lincoln Center