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Cross-strait film festival to screen art house movies

Staff writer, with CNA

More Chinese films are scheduled to be shown when the Sixth Cross-Strait Film Festival opens in Taipei and Greater Kaohsiung, offering blockbuster and art house movies from China.

The annual festival, which opens on May 31 in Taipei, is to screen seven Chinese films, most of which were released this year and have not been screened in Taiwan, the festival’s organizers said.

Only 10 Chinese films are allowed into Taiwan each year, determined by a random drawing of lots by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture.

The seven films include Where Are We Going, Dad? (爸爸去哪兒), a documentary based on a popular parent-child TV reality show in China.

The film was the second-best-selling film in China in the first quarter of this year, organizers said.

Two other blockbuster films — romance drama Beijing Love Story (北京愛情故事) and romantic comedy Ex-Files (前任攻略) — are also to be screened at the festival.

The other films are romantic -comedy Up in the Wind (等風來), crime thriller Police Diary (警察日記), Forever Young (怒放之青春再見), which is a film about youth, and Dancing in the Room (房間裡的舞蹈), which tells the story of China’s young people leaving their hometowns to work in cities.

The Taipei festival is to take place at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park’s Spot Cinema from May 31 to June 4, and at the Kaohsiung Film Archive from June 3 to 6.

In China, Taiwanese films are to be screened in the cities of Xiamen, Taizhou and Xinghua from June 13 to 19, organizers said.

Film festivals are permitted to screen Chinese films that do not make the annual 10 movies listed by the culture ministry.

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