FILM

TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS at AAIFF 2017, July 29- 30 and August 3

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is thrilled to announce that the 40th Asian American International Film Festival will present TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS by showcasing 3 compelling Taiwanese films of the year including SMALL TALK by Hui-chen Huang, THE RECEIPTIONIST by Jenny Lu, and A FOLEY ARTIST by Wan-jo Wang with the filmmakers in person. SMALL TALK, an autobiographical documentary executive produced by the film amateur Hou Hsiao-Hsien, is selected as the centerpiece presentation of this year’s AAIFF and will have its NY premiere screening on July 29th at Asia Society after having received 2017 Berlinale Teddy Award for the best documentary this February. TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS also highlights two works of Taiwan’s rising talents: A FOLEY ARTIST and THE RECEPTIONIST. Directed by Wan-jo Wang, A FOLEY ARTIST is the first documentary about the history of sound-production in Taiwanese films by telling the story of professional Foley artist Hu Ding-Yi, who recreates sound in wildly creative ways and gives life and energy to a film. Inspired by true events, Jenny Lu’s debut feature THE RECEPTIONIST depicts the secret lives of the employees and clients of an illegal massage parlor in London through the eyes of a foreign graduate who lands …

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Summer 2017 Taiwan Academy Film Series —Classic Romance in 70’-90’

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is delighted to feature three classic romance films for the Summer 2017 Taiwan Academy Film series. The screening dates are as follows: 1. Blue Gate Crossing(83 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 13th 2. Blue Moon(97 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 27th 3. Cloud of Romance(97 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, August 10th Venue: Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) B1 Screening Room Complimentary admission with RSVP TEL: 212-697-6188 ext. 9 《藍色大門》Blue Gate Crossing (2002) Director YEE Chih-Yen Director YEE avoided symbols commonly seen in Taiwan New Cinema films, such as military dependents’ villages and old houses, instead focusing on the innocent and simple love of young people and their exploration of sexual and self-identity. Adopting a refreshing and aesthetically pleasing style and employing the use of simple images and language, the film is said to have opened the doors for the growth of youth-oriented films in Taiwan. 《藍月》 Blue Moon (1997) Director KO I-Chen A “blue moon” refers to something that happens once in a lifetime or a second full moon in the same calendar month. Cuen-Shu and A-Gua, classmates who grew up together, …

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Taiwan Cinema rocks NYAFF 2017 with NY premieres of latest films from Giddens Ko, Chung Mong-hong, and more! July 1-16

The New York Asian Film Festival returns for its 16th annual edition with Taiwan Cinema section, showcasing 5 award-winning and hotly anticipated Taiwanese films of the year, including the latest from Giddens Ko (Mon…Mon…Monsters), Chung Mong-hong(Godspeed) , Midi Z (The road to Mandalay), Chen Yu-hsun (The Village of No Return) and the rising talent Chen Mei-juin (The Gangster’s Daughter)—plus the LGBTQ-themed classic film, Eternal Summer by Cheste Chen. Starring Jack Kao(Daughter of the Nile), Chen Mei-juin’s The Gangster’s Daughter is selected as one of the 7 works from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand for the Main Competition, the new section featuring diverse works by first or second-time directors that are all having their North American premieres at the festival. The director Chen Mei-juin will attend the premiere screening in person on July 1. Giddens Ko’s (You Are The Apple Of My Eye) latest film, Mon Mon Mon Monsters tells a story of a gifted student who reluctantly joins a rancorous gang of three for a community care assignment, which ends up with a surprise catch of a man-eating little monster. This black comedy will also have its North American premiere on July 2 before it’s going to …

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Taiwan Culture Month- Film Series “Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History”

Film Series Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History Taipei Cultural Center in New York is celebrating Taiwan Culture Month with the film series entitled Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History, running at Mid-Manhattan Library on Sundays of this June. This four-film series goes beyond fiction to introduce a selection of titles exploring the neglected voices behind contemporary Taiwanese and East Asian society and history. The series includes the award-winning biography documentary Hebei Taipei about a former soldier who survived the Chinese Civil War and lived with nostalgic memories for the rest of his life, After Spring, the Tamaki Family about a Taiwanese immigration history in Okinawa Japan, Absent Without Leave revealing the hidden past of the Malaysian Communist Party members, and Taiwan’s official Oscar entry, Hang in There, Kids, portraying 3 aboriginal boys who grapple with family struggles and life as aborigines in Taiwan. Delving into personal life stories as well as family memories, these films not only provide social context for a single person or family on their journey back home but also display the wide-ranging imagination of Taiwan’s historical complexity as far greater and more varied than mainstream histories might suggest. All films are New York …

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2017 Taiwan Culture Month Kicks off May 18

PROGRAM May 18-June MUSIC 音樂會 POETRY, SIZHU AND TAIWANESE OPERA BY CHAI FOUND MUSIC WORKSHOP 采風樂坊絲竹音樂會 Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York) This performance will be followed by a Q &A session with the musicians. Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing) Sun., May 28 afternoon, Passport to Taiwan Festival, Union Square North Sizhu(絲竹), a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of the Chai Found Music Workshop (hereafter referred to as CFMW). CFMW’s music performances blends multi-directional components, such as including Taiwanese folksongs, traditional Taiwanese Opera, old Mandarin ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musicals, oriental musical theater, and orchestration, with ethnic musical instruments. In this performance, CMFW will bring to the stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu” CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, novel arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu” CMFW will perform specially commissioned works from Taiwanese composers; while in “Poetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style. IMPRESSION FORMOSA—A …

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2 Taiwanese Animated Films CHAI and BART at 2017 NYC Indie Film Festival, May 4 and 6

Taking place May1st–May 7th, 2017, this year’s NYC Indie Film Festival showcases a lineup of over 250 films from over 30 countries, including two incredible animated works from Taiwan, Chai (Destroy) and Bart, which will be presented on May 4th and May 6th at The Producers’ Club. Bart, also selected by ATHENS ANIMFEST 2017 and nominated by the Golden Horse Awards 2016, tells a story of the Orphan girl Bart who survives by living in abandoned van collecting garbage. One day she brings the garbage dolls magically back to life. The cruel Town of Wonders mayor burns out Bart and her garbage friends, who sacrifice themselves for Bart. Lonely and desperate, Bart strikes to avenge. Taiwanese band CHANG AND LEE’s music video Chai (Destroy) is also selected for this year’s edition of NYC Indie Film Festival after it has been nominated for Best Lyrics at the Golden Melody Awards 2016, the biggest Taiwanese music award, featuring mandarin pops and bands across Asia. The story behind this song exactly reflects those that have dwelt in Taiwan for most of their life, trying to find out the most faithful affections within this vulnerable life. Celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, the NYC …

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“A Disappearing Act” Presents Remakes of the Never-Realized Original

A Disappearing Act Feb 16 – Feb 27, 2017 Opening: Thursday, Feb 16, 7 – 9pm Hours: Saturday – Thursday, 12 – 8pm Venue: Triangle, 20 Jay Street, #317, Brooklyn, NY 11201 … technique finally reproducing permanently the violence of the accident; the mystery of speed remains a secret of light and heat from which even sound is missing. – Paul Virilio, Aesthetics of Disappearance A Disappearing Act presents two newly commissioned projects by Su Yu-Hsien and Cici Wu, both developed from archival research in an effort to reconstruct historical works that were either lost, fragmented, never realized, or inherently ephemeral. Thinking of archives as constructive and active catalysts that generate new meanings and spur artistic imagination, the exhibition aims to reflect on the boundary between originality and reproducibility, and to explore questions surrounding the notion of authorship: What does it mean to sign one’s name, or to withdraw it? What happens when images begin to circulate in absence of ‘the artist’? The project further investigates the politics and practices of those who resist through the act of disappearing. Su’s restaging of Prophet, a play written by the Taiwanese avant-garde artist Huang Hua-Chen (1935-96), much of whose work has been …

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U.S. Premiere of OUT THERE, First Look Festival at MoMI, Jan 7, 2017

The film OUT THERE, directed by the Japanese director Takehiro Ito and starring Taiwanese actor and photographer Chun Chih Ma, will have its U.S. premiere with the filmmakers in person as part of the opening weekend First Look Festival on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI). OUT THERE, which was made in Taipei and Tokyo, tells a story of a director looking for a new actor to resurrect a stalled documentary project on the Taiwanese director Edward Yang. This actor is Ma (as himself), born in Taiwan, who wanders around Tokyo and searches for the feeling of being home. Traveling back and forth through secret gates between Tokyo and Taiwan, OUT THERE is in turns a documentary, a film within a film, a love story, and a story about wandering, also a film in which the cities are among the main characters. As Takehiro Ito’s feature debut, OUT THERE is a hybrid of fiction and documentary, whose innovative form and subject has made it selected for the official international competition of FID Marseille and Turin International Film Festival 2016. Now it’s going to be presented at the sixth edition of the First Look Festival, …

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MY EGG BOY and LOST DAUGHTER at 20th Edition of Toronto Reel Asian Intel Film Festival, Nov 12 and 19

The Taiwanese romantic comedy MY EGG BOY and unconventional family drama LOST DAUGHTER have been selected for this year’s edition of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2016 and will have their Canadian premieres on Nov 12 and 19 with Dir. Fu Tien-Yu and the leading actor Rhydian Vaughan in person. Staring Ariel Lin and Rhydian Vaughan, MY EGG BOY is a story about love and the value of lives. For women live in modern days, to have children or not is a question more complicated than love. For those whose biological clocks are ticking, egg freezing may prolong their fertility. Evoking smiles and tears from audience members, this film provides a glimpse of what millions of working women struggle with: finding the balance between pursuing a career and marriage. LOST DAUGHTER is the new talent director Chen Yu-Jie’s impressive feature debut, which showcases extraordinary performances from veteran Taiwanese actor Li Tien-chu and rising star Phoebe Lin. It is a compelling family drama with the chills of a gripping thriller, which won the 7th Film Taipei Screenplay Awards and Golden Bell Tele-movies Best Leading Actor and Supporting Actress awards this year. For more information, please visit reelasian.com. Screening schedule LOST …

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