Smithsonian set to screen Taiwanese movies this month

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Nov 08, 2013 - Page 4

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington plans to screen Taiwanese films this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Golden Horse Awards.

Entry to the event is free.

Four Golden Horse Award-winning films will be screened from Friday next week through Nov. 24 at the Freer Gallery of Art, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington, which is helping organize the event, said on Sunday.

The films are Edward Yang’s (楊德昌) 1986 urban thriller The Terrorizers (恐怖分子), which is about the intertwined lives of three groups of strangers; Vive L’Amour (愛情萬歲), a 1994 film by director Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮) that discusses urban alienation through three characters who share an apartment; No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (“Cannot Live Without You,” 不能沒有你), a 2009 film by actor-turned-director Leon Dai (戴立忍) based on a true story of a poor single father fighting for custody of his daughter; and director Yang Ya-che’s film GF*BF (男朋友) about love and friendship among three youngsters who joined the student movement in the 1980s.

A tea reception will also be open to the public prior to the first screening, TECRO said.

The Freer Gallery of Art is the Asian art museum of the Smithsonian.

The Golden Horse Awards, founded in 1962, were the first such awards for the Chinese-speaking community.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Nov. 23.