Film makers hit Berlin
Seven Taiwanese film companies are taking part in a film market trade show at the Berlin International Film Festival to promote locally produced work overseas, the Government Information Office said yesterday. Production companies from more than 50 countries set up booths at the market, which started on Thursday and runs until Friday. Thousands of film distributors are expected to visit the show. The office said prominent industry insiders, festival organizers and media delegations would be invited to a Taiwanese film banquet, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin tomorrow. Film brochures highlighting 123 Taiwanese films, including 51 dramas, six short films, 27 documentaries, nine animated films and 30 project proposals, would be distributed during the banquet.
Harbor sets new record
The number of visitors arriving via Taichung Harbor on a single day hit a new high yesterday as two international cruise liners docked at the harbor on the same day for the first time. Nearly 2,000 tourists from Europe and China arrived in Taichung on the cruise liners Astor and Costa Classica at 7am and 2pm respectively, setting the one-day record for inbound visitors, harbor bureau official Yu Chien-hsun (余建勳) said. The previous record was about 1,800, Yu added. The tourists visited nearby attractions Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), Lugang (鹿港)and downtown Taichung, before leaving the harbor later in the day. The number of Europeans visiting Taiwan, especially Germans, has surged recently, said travel agent Wang Hsueh-mei (王雪美), who handled a 300--person group traveling on the Astor.
Chemist wins German award
Liu Ko-pin (劉國平), a chemistry researcher at Academia Sinica, has recently been granted Germany’s Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments in research and teaching, according to the research institute. Liu is the third Academia Sinica research fellow to receive the research award from the government-funded Alexander von Humbolt Foundation, which promotes cooperation between German institutes of higher education and leading academics around the world, Academia Sinica said in a statement. Liu’s research interests are mode-specific and bond-selective chemistry, state-to-state chemical dynamics and correlation and coherence in -bimolecular/unimolecular reactions.