Taipei Film Awards to honor late director Mickey Chen 名導演陳俊志 榮獲台北電影獎表揚

Fri, Jul 12, 2019 - Page 15

Organized by the Taipei Film Festival to honor achievements in Taiwanese cinema, the 21st Taipei Film Awards ceremony will take place at Taipei Zhongshan Hall tomorrow. This year’s Yang Shih-chi Outstanding Contribution Award will go to documentary film director Mickey Chen, who died of "cardiogenic shock" late last year at the age of 51.

Chen, often nicknamed "Sister Key" after his English name "Mickey", will be given the award for providing a voice to minorities. The gay director was known for his LGBT-themed documentaries such as the 1999 Boys for Beauty. He also won a China Times Literature Award with his essay in memory of “Rose Boy” Yeh Yung-chih, a student who had been constantly bullied by his schoolmates due to his effeminate behavior before he died mysteriously.

For this year’s Taipei Film Awards, director Huang Chao-liang’s Han Dan and Hung Po-hao’s Dad’s Suit lead the nominees with 11 nominations each — followed by Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things and Zoe Lin’s Secrets in the Hot Spring with nine nods each.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)