Sun, Aug 23, 2009 - Page 2 News List

Israeli envoy meets with film director to discuss cooperation

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The distance between Taiwan and Israel is being reduced by movies and performances, with representative Raphael Gamzou of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei (ISECO) recently meeting movie director and producer Lee Khan (李崗) to discuss filmmaking ideas.

Gamzou and Lee talked about potential Taiwanese-Israeli co-productions in their meeting, in which art lover Gamzou invited Lee to meet with Gila Almagor, an actress from Israel’s Habimah National Theater, who has been dubbed the “first lady” of Israeli cinema.

Almagor is scheduled to visit Taiwan in October to present an autobiographical one-woman stage play and to share several of her films at the Performing Arts Festival organized by Taipei National University of the Arts.

Lee, who is the brother of renowned director Ang Lee (李安), went to Israel in May to attend the 2009 “Docaviv” international documentary film festival, as it featured a special tribute to Taiwan’s documentary filmmaking.

The festival invited Lee Khan to show his production Starts — a documentary about young people pursuing their dreams of becoming singers. He was among six Taiwanese filmmakers and directors who screened their work at the festival.

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