FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Spotlight on Taiwan Cinema Takes Place This Week at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Festival April 27 – May 11, 2017
TWO AWARD WINNING FEATURE FILMS WILL REPRESENT THE LATEST IMPORTANT CINEMA OFFERINGS FROM TAIWAN
FIVE SHORT FILMS WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE WITH SOME OF TAIWAN’S NEWEST EMERGING FILMMAKERS
LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 26 2017 — The 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications is proud to feature some of the best filmmakers and films coming out of Taiwan in the festival program – SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN.
This programming spotlight shines a light on the country of Taiwan, highlighting the best from the burgeoning Taiwanese cinema and the country’s rich culture and history that have shaped the island nation into one of the most dynamic places in the Asia-Pacific Rim. The SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles.
This special spotlight program features two amazing award winning feature films: Midi Z’s THE ROAD TO MANDALAY (Venice Film Festival, World Premiere and Best Director at Goldenhorse Film Awards) and SMALL TALK (Berlinale, Teddy Award Winner). Both films represent the pedigree of this nation’s cinema, with the current generation of filmmakers taking the mantle from such cinematic giants like King Hu, Edward Yang, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming-liang, and Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Midi Z, like his predecessor Tsai Ming-liang, is an immigrant to Taiwan, hailing from Myanmar. His films are about the transmigration of people in the region, specifically in Southeast Asia along the Chinese-Myanmar border. In THE ROAD TO MANDALAY, he focuses on Burmese migrants who work illegally in Bangkok. The film world premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and also garnered a Best Director win at the Goldenhorse Film Awards in Taipei.
SMALL TALK from Hui-Chen Huang, is another award winning film, having won the Teddy Award at the recent edition of the Berlinale. A deeply personal story, the director sets off on a journey into the past with her mother, confronting her with questions that have tormented the director for many years about her mother and their family’s violent history of spousal abuse against her by her abusive father. By digging deeper, especially in regards to her mother’s sexuality, the film paints a picture of the changing lives and conditions for women in Taiwan.
In addition, SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN is pleased to present five short films that demonstrate the breadth of diverse work from Taiwan’s emerging filmmakers. The Fest will celebrate these exciting filmmakers with their latest short films, in the following programs:
A DOLL’S HUG (dir. Rob Chihwen Lo) preceding GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL
COIN BOY (dir. Chuan-Yang Li) appearing in WTF: Watch These Films
DOTS (dir. Chen-Wen Lo) appearing in The Sum of My Memory
I’M FINE (dir. Lucretia Knapp) appearing in Pink House, Pink Home
WHITE TUNNEL (dir. Chien Lan-Chi, Chang Chin-Wei) appearing in Wildest Imagination
“This year’s SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN” is one of the main highlights of our festival,” said Anderson Le, the Festival Artistic Consultant. “Our collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has proven to be a great relationship allowing our festival to include these world cinema gems.”
The 33rd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival runs APRIL 27 – MAY 11, 2017. This annual film presentation is presented across the city of Los Angeles from Hollywood to Little Tokyo to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown to Westwood to West Hollywood and to Buena Park in Orange County. This year 184 films and shorts from 31 countries will be presented.
For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, please visit festival.vconline.org. Tickets are on sale now.
The Festival is is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles and Southern California
● Egyptian Theatre – (Hollywood)
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
● Aratani Theatre @ JACCC – Little Tokyo (DTLA)
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
● Art Share LA – (DTLA – Arts District)
801 E. 4TH Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
● Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo
111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
● Downtown Independent – Downtown LA (DTLA)
251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90012
● CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire
621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005
● CGV Buena Park 8 Cinemas – Buena Park (Orange County)
6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621
● The Great Company – Downtown LA (DTLA)
1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90021
● Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (DTLA – Little Tokyo)
152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
● Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood
7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA 90046
The 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:
● PLATINUM: Comcast NBCUniversal; HBO
● GOLD: Directors Guild of America; Nielsen; LAIKA; UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
● SILVER: Little Tokyo Service Center; Pechanga; Sony Pictures
● BRONZE: Motion Pictures Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; SAGindie; Taiwan Academy; The Famous Group; Hawaiian Airlines; Korean Film Council; Union Bank; Writers Guild of America, West
● STAR: Cathay Bank; Metro
● GOVERNMENT: Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; California Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts
● FOUNDATION: Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences; Aratani Foundation; Asian Pacific Community Fund; Screen Actors Guild-Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund
● MEDIA: Angry Asian Man; LA18 KSCI-TV
● IN KIND/RECEPTION: Asahi; Brewyard; Found Coffee; Far Bar; First Street Catering; Nature’s Bakery; The Park’s Finest
● VENUE: ArtShare L.A; Chinese American Museum; CGV Cinemas; Downtown Independent; Directors Guild of America; Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Japanese American National Museum; The Great Company