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Showcasing the latest works by new talents and heavyweight filmmakers that include Jean-Pierre Luc Dardenne's The Silence of Lorna, Wim Wenders' The Palermo Shooting and Changeling by Clint Eastwood, Taiwan's oldest and biggest international film festival, the 2008 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (台北金馬影展) will open on Nov.6

The festival program is divided into thematic sections under headings such as LGBT, Midnight Fever and Window to Southeast Asia. Made in USA is a new addition that aims to present the cream of American independent productions.

This year's edition shines the spotlight on Russia's most celebrated animation director, Aleksandr Petrov, and features retrospective programs on Jean-Pierre Melville and Kon Ichikawa of Japan.

In another blast from the past, there will be two special screenings of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey to mark the film's 40th anniversary.

▲The festival takes place at Vieshow Cinemas Sun (日新威秀), Vieshow Cinemas Xinyi (信義威秀) and Shin Kong Cineplex (新光影城) from Nov. 6 to Nov. 21.

▲Tickets cost NT$230 per screening, or NT$200 for students; available through ERA ticket outlets or online at For more information about the festival, visit


The Room (房間) by Flying Group Theater (飛人集社劇團) investigates the shifting nature of memory and how impressions of the past fill in the blank spaces of the present. Twenty years after the disappearance of his father, a young man returns to the house where the old man lived in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of his family’s past.

▲Crown Theater (皇冠藝文中心小劇場), B1, 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei (台北市敦化北路120巷50號B1)

▲Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$450, available through NTCH ticketing

A debate about death and the exploration of reality underlies Creative Society’s (創作社劇團) play To Be and Not To Be: The Dark Fantasy of Formosan Dead II (不三不四到台灣). Wenfang (文芳) travels across the globe to visit her friend Sandy, who is on her deathbed. Upon arrival, Sandy reveals to Wenfang that she is a ghost. Wenfang, a reporter accustomed to the absurdities of life, scoffs at Sandy’s revelation, only to discover a more shocking truth. Through humorous dialogue, Wenfang has to decide whether life is worth living.

▲Chiayi Performing Arts Center (嘉義縣表演藝術中心), 265, Jianguo Rd Sec 2, Minsyong Township, Chiayi County (嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段265號)

▲Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$300, available through NTCH ticketing

Taiwan’s expulsion from the UN in 1971 serves as the background for Ping-Fong Acting Troupe’s (屏風表演班) latest work Stand by Me (六義幫). Written and directed by Hugh Lee (李國修), the story follows six youths who use an air-raid shelter as a meeting place to discuss their roles in history.

▲Hsinchu County Cultural Affairs Bureau (新竹縣文化局), 146, Sianjheng 9th Rd, Jhubei City, Hsinchu County (新竹縣竹北市縣政九路146號)

▲Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing

The Puppet and Its Double Theater (無獨有偶工作室劇團) revises its The Happy Prince (快樂王子), a puppet performance based on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale by the same name.

▲Ilan Performing Arts Center (宜蘭縣文化局演藝廳), 482, Jhongshan Rd Sec 2, Ilan City (宜蘭市中山路二段482號)

▲Tomorrow at 1:30pm

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