Taiwan heads film festival
Taiwan has been chosen as the theme country of the 10th Asian Summer Film Festival in Spain, which is scheduled to run from July 9 to 14, the Ministry of Culture said. The festival, which is to take place in the city of Vic, will showcase 15 Taiwanese films. Audiences will also get a taste of Taiwanese cuisine during the festival, the ministry said. Among the films to be screened are the urban romantic comedy Joyful Reunion (飲食男女 — 好遠又好近), musical drama Cape No. 7 (海角七號), social drama No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (不能沒有你) and action comedies Double Trouble (寶島雙雄) and Black and White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault (痞子英雄首部曲: 全面開戰), the ministry said. The ministry said it hopes that audiences will gain a better understanding of Taiwanese films through the festival. Last year, the 2011 Taiwanese fantasy drama Starry Starry Night won the festival’s Lucky Cat award, which is given by the audience to the best Asian film.
Kiribati to open embassy
The Republic of Kiribati is to open its embassy in Taipei on Friday next week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. Republic of Kiribati President Anote Tong is scheduled to visit Taipei from Wednesday next week to June 4, mainly to celebrate the opening of the embassy, said Benjamin Ho (何登煌), director-general of the ministry’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. The visit will mark Tong’s 10th visit to Taiwan. He is scheduled to have meetings with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), Ho said. Tong will also visit Magong Airport to learn more about a photovoltaic system project in Penghu County as well as a marine biology research center there, the ministry added.