Twelve Taiwanese films will be shown in competition at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea, the Government Information Office (GIO) said yesterday.
The 12 films represent Taiwan’s cinematic creativity and “soft power,” said Chen Chih-kuan (陳志寬), director of the GIO’s department of motion pictures.
“After Cape No. 7 in 2008, Taiwan’s film industry has enjoyed a boom period, churning one great movie after another. There is no time like right now to invest in Taiwanese movies,” Chen said, recalling a dark period for the industry a few years back when a local film was considered a smash if it grossed more than NT$3 million (US$96,674).
Avant-garde director Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), who has gained fame for his pushing-the-envelope style, will be honored with the title of Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the festival.
Six Taiwanese films have been invited to compete in the “A Window on Asian Cinema” category, including Ho Wi-ding’s (何蔚庭) Pinoy Sunday (台北星期天), which takes a humorous look at labor issues, Arvin Chen’s (陳駿霖) crime caper-romantic comedy Au Revoir, Taipei (一頁台北) and the thriller Zoom Hunting (獵豔) by Cho Li (卓立).
Chung Mong-hong’s (鍾孟宏) The Fourth Portrait (第四張畫) and Taipei Exchanges (第36個故事) by Hsiao Ya-chuan (蕭雅全) will also be shown.
When Love Comes (當愛來的時候), director Chang Tso-chi’s (張作驥) exploration of the issue of unwanted pregnancy and marriage, will be shown at the festival’s Gala Presentation.
Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-mei (楊貴媚) has been invited to be one of the five jurors for the “New Currents” category, which honors up-and-coming filmmakers.
Eighteen other Taiwanese films will be shown in the “Asian Film Market,” a sideline event aimed at educating the next generation of filmmakers.
The festival opens tomorrow and runs through Oct.15 and Taiwan’s representative office in South Korea will host a reception.
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