Spotlight on Taiwan
This year’s programming spotlight shines a light on the country of Taiwan, highlighting the best in Taiwanese cinema and the country’s rich culture and history that have shaped the island nation into one of the most dynamic countries in the Asia-Pacific Rim.
This year’s spotlight features two 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 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, our “Spotlight on Taiwan” is pleased to present five short films that demonstrate the breadth of diverse work from Taiwan’s emerging filmmakers. We celebrate these filmmakers with their latest shorts, in the following programs:
We celebrate Taiwanese filmmakers with their latest shorts, 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