A Chinese movie that stars Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-mei (桂綸鎂) is to be among the 20 films vying for the Berlin International Film Festival’s top prize this year.
Directed by China’s Diao Yinan (刁亦男), the thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice (白日焰火) is about a series of murders that are all linked to a mysterious woman, played by Kwai.
The movie will make its world premiere at the festival and is in the running for the Golden Bear award for best film.
Kwai said the nomination is the best gift for her 30th birthday.
Previously, Kwai won the best actress prize at the Golden Horse Awards and Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 2012 for her role in the Taiwanese romance drama Gf*Bf (女朋友。男朋友).
About 400 films are to be screened during the Berlin festival, which began on Thursday and runs through to tomorrow, but only 20 would compete for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear prizes, which are awarded for categories that include acting, writing and directing.
The awards ceremony is to take place today.
Four Taiwanese films are to be screened at the festival, including Taiwan-based Malaysian director Tsai Ming-liang’s (蔡明亮) new film, Journey to the West (西遊).
The Taiwanese-French production is to be shown during the festival’s Panorama program, along with Taiwanese director Cho Li’s (卓立) The Rice Bomber (白米炸彈客) and Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z’s (趙德胤) Ice Poison (冰毒).
Taiwanese director Chen Yu-hsun’s (陳玉勳) comedy Zone Pro Site (總舖師) is to be screened during the Culinary Cinema program.
In other news, the Taipei Film Commission said the BBC is planning to shoot a television series in Taiwan.
Commission director Jennifer Jao (饒紫娟) said a TV production team from the BBC plans to shoot the series this year, with current plans calling for a 40-episode series.
‧ The series will have 40 episodes, all shot in Taiwan.
‧ The content will not be limited to Taiwan, and will be “related to Asia.”
‧ Contract to be signed in August.
It is to have content that is “related to Asia,” she said, adding that the BBC approached the commission last year and has spent at least six months in talks.
Jao said that all 40 episodes are to be shot in Taiwan over three or four months, and that the BBC has begun initial location scouting.
A contract is expected to be signed by August, after which the commission is to help the BBC work with several cities and counties across the country.
This is not the first time that Taiwan has cooperated with the BBC, Jao said, adding that the corporation last came to Taiwan to shoot single television series episodes in 2009.