The best-selling local documentary Go Grandriders (不老騎士) has become the first Taiwanese documentary submitted to the Academy Awards, according to distributor CNEX Foundation Ltd.
Director Hua Tien-hau’s (華天灝) feature about elderly motorcyclists on a cross-country ride has been submitted to the academy’s Best Documentary Feature category, the distributor said on Thursday.
Eligibility requirements for the Academy Awards, or Oscars, is not easy, CNEX said. Documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial run in theaters in Los Angeles County and Manhattan in New York, it added.
Hua’s documentary was shown in Monterey Park, Los Angeles County, in August, and is set to hit New York on Friday next week, according to the film’s official Web site.
Go Grandriders is the true story of 17 senior citizens, with an average age of 81 years, and their decision to embark on a motorcycle journey to fulfill their dreams of seeing every part of Taiwan.
Two of the riders were cancer survivors, eight had heart disease and four wore hearing aids.
Despite their maladies and pleas from concerned family members, the brigade finished the 1,139km ride over 13 days.
The movie’s box-office earnings in Taiwan alone reached NT$30 million (US$1 million), a record high for a documentary film at the local box office.
The tale parked on the big screen in Hong Kong in January, according to CNEX, which is in charge of worldwide distribution and marketing.
Go Grandriders was voted best documentary at the 36th Asian American International Film Festival in New York in August.