Taiwanese movie to air in Russia as part of film festival

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Feb 09, 2013 - Page 4

A Taiwanese movie inspired by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 will be screened in Russia over the Lunar New Year this month as part of an Italian film festival’s world tour.

Father’s Lullaby (手機裡的眼淚) will be shown in Moscow from Sunday to Wednesday and in St Petersburg from Thursday to Saturday next week, along with a selection of the best films from the Salento International Film Festival, which is devoted to international independent cinema and is known for its attention to contemporary cultural expression.

Father’s Lullaby tells the story of a Japanese medic working at a hospital in Taipei and his female coworker, who learn a thought-provoking life lesson after the disaster.

The film shows how the disaster cast a shadow even on the lives of people in Taiwan. The movie is avant-garde and experimental, both in its choice of the Japan earthquake as its subject matter, the organization of the story, and how the music and images work together, director Simon Chang (張世) said.

Being invited to join the tour therefore represents hard-won recognition for the film, Chang said.

The movie stars Zhu Zhiying (朱芷瑩), who worked on Ang Lee’s (李安) 2007 movie Lust, Caution (色,戒) and Yukihiko Kageyama, a Japanese actor based in Taiwan who did narration for the local blockbuster Cape No. 7 (海角七號).

The movie had its world premiere on the disaster’s one-year anniversary at the Osaka Asian Film Festival last year and received rave reviews at the Salento International Film Festival in September last year.

The Italian film festival tour will later take the movie to London in March, Hong Kong in May and Dublin in November. Other films that are also on the tour include The Silent Thief directed by Jennifer Clary of the US and It May Be Love But It Doesn’t Show directed by Italy’s Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone.