Taiwanese films to screen in Berlin

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Feb 07, 2013 - Page 4

Five Taiwanese films, including the romantic comedy Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (明天記得愛上我), will be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, which is divided into seven different film sections.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? directed by Arvin Chen (陳駿霖) and starring Richie Jen (任賢齊), Mavis Fan (范曉萱), Stone (石頭) and Kimi Hsia (夏于喬), has been included in the “Panorama,” section of the annual festival which opens today and runs until Feb. 17.

The film, which will make its world premiere in Berlin on Saturday, is part of a lineup of 31 features from 23 countries that have been selected for the “Panorama” section, which is designed to provide insights into contemporary world cinema.

It is the second Mandarin feature film from Chen, a 34-year-old American of Taiwanese descent, following Au Revoir Taipei (一頁台北), also a romantic comedy set in Taipei.

The movie won the Best Asian Film Award from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema at the 60th Berlin Film Festival.

Two other Taiwanese films released last year — Touch of the Light (逆光飛翔) by Chang Rong-ji (張榮吉) and Together (甜‧秘密), by Hsu Chao-jen (許肇任) — will also be screened at the festival, also known as the Berlinale, and now in its 63rd year.

Touch of the Light, which is part of the festival’s “Generation” section, is about a girl who dreams of becoming a dancer and develops a friendship with a blind musician.

Together, which will feature in the “Forum” program, is about a 17-year-old boy and people around him who are falling in and out of love.

Taiwanese director James Hong’s (洪子健) 10-minute short Cutaways of Jiang Chun Gen — Forward and Back Again, (前進倒退:切剖姜春根), about an elderly Chinese farmer infected by Japanese biological warfare in 1942, and his 55-minute installation art film Apologies (謝罪) will also be screened at the festival.

Thirteen Taiwanese film production companies will also attend the festival to promote their movies. A Taiwanese movie party is scheduled for Sunday.