This year’s national spotlight is on Turkey, with a special focus on the new wave Turkish cinema, which emerged in the mid-1990s. The selected works by key figures of the new wave movement include Dervis Zaim’s 1996 Somersault in a Coffin, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s debut feature The Small Town in 1997 and Zeki Demirkubuz’s Fate (2001).
Festival organizers have also put together a mini-retrospective on female director Yesim Ustaoglu, noted for her sober and sometimes poetic meditation on Turkey’s history and socio-political realities. Journey to the Sun (1999), for example, follows a young Turkish man’s journey to bring the body of his dead Kurdish friend to his home near Iraqi border.
For cinephiles, TFF offers a number of new works by international auteurs including Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s Closed Curtain and Mekong Hotel by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The much anticipated Before Midnight will be shown together with the first two installments of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy that periodically follows the ever-developing relationship between the extremely loquacious and intelligent Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy).
This year’s programs on cinematic classics contain Hou Hsiao-hsien’s (侯孝賢) A Time to Live and a Time to Die (童年往事), All That Jazz by Bob Fosse, Federico Fellini’s Fellini Satyricon and Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour, which is showed both in 35mm and newly restored digital formats.
Featured filmmakers including 82-year-old French director Pierre Etaix, Ustaoglu, Wang from China and Hong Kong’s Peter Ho-sun Chan (陳可辛) will attend the festival and discuss their works.
More information can be obtained through the event’s Web site at www.taipeiff.org.tw.