Apart from the regular programs, the organizers put together a section of selected new works from past Golden Harvest winners. One that particularly grabs attention is Hsu Han-chiang’s (徐漢強) The Great Escape from Cafe City (小清新大爆炸). Screened earlier this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the fantastic comedy pokes fun at the popular lifestyle of “little happiness” (小確幸), which mostly involves youths riding bikes, taking selfies, hanging out at coffee shops and feeling content with their small life.
Most of the screenings are followed by question-and-answer sessions, where participating filmmakers discuss their works with audiences. Film professionals, including blockbuster filmmaker Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖), Umin Boya, the director of Kano, as well as film composers and musicians Chu Yueh-hsin (朱約信) and Owen Wang (王希文), will hold panel discussions during the 10-day event.
The combined festival runs until March 30, after which it will tour the rest of the country including Hsinchu, Miaoli, Yunlin, Greater Tainan, Pingtung, Hualien, Taitung and Kinmen until May 11. For more information, visit the event’s Web site at www.movieseeds.com.tw or its blog at blog.sina.com.tw/movieseeds.