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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” Film Series

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” film series, which includes 3 documentaries of National Cultural Award laureates. The Executive Yuan National Cultural Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors those who have made special contributions to the maintenance or enhancement of culture, and is the highest honor for an individual in cultural circles of Taiwan. Since the award was established by the Executive Yuan of Taiwan in 1980, a total of 68 artists have been honored in fields such as education, literature, cinematic, art and dance etc. The 3 documentaries are as follows: 1. FLYING WITH MY HEART — Li Tai Hsiang(2012) 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 24th, please RSVP here Li Tai-hsiang is the composer of the popular classic, “The Olive Tree.” His compositions are well-known throughout the Chinese-speaking world; his artistry has elevated the standard for popular music and nurtured generations of songwriters. Li paid much attention to music popularization in addition to composing rigorous classical music works. He thinks that there could exist a new opening between art and popular music. His songs …

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Taiwan’s ICE POISON Featured in 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Directed by Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z, ICE POISON is chosen for the Narrative Feature in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It is the only title from Taiwan and one of the two Mandarin film selected this year. The director will attend the screening on April 18. Midi Z was born in Burma and educated in Taiwan since 1998. ICE POISON is his third feature film, which won rave reviews in this year’s Berlin Film Festival. “With three feature films under his belt, Burmese-Taiwanese director, Midi Z, has developed a naturalistic cinematic language that allows a documentary-like intimacy with his characters. In his latest work, he has crafted a measured drama that balances the daily hardships faced by many in Myanmar with moments of joy shared by his characters—from the glowing neon lights of a karaoke bar to the freedom of the open road, and the tainted promise of the drug that allows for a fleeting escape but threatens to continue their cycle of poverty,” commented by Ian Hollander on Tribeca Film Festival’s website. Tsai Ming-Liang’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST is also featured in the festival. Pin-Chun Liu, producer from Taiwan, will present her short film CONTRAPELO, too. For screening time …

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WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? to Screen in New York from Jan. 17

Directed by Taiwan’s Arvin Chen, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? will be released in AMC Empire 25 Times Square starting from Jan. 17 chosen for the World Narrative Competition in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Arvin Chen’s first film AU REVOIR TAIPEI received raves of good reviews in international festivals, and this time he comes back with a romance comedy. “Straitlaced optometrist Weichung is finding the typical married life difficult. Then he bumps into an old flame, setting off an unexpected array of dormant emotions. Meanwhile, his sister Mandy flees her sad sack fiancé, coping via food and the fantastical appearance of a daytime soaps star on her couch. Arvin Chen’s sophomore feature is a fresh and playful comedy about the odd realities of desire in a traditional society and what happens when you seek a big change,” commented by Tribeca Film Festival, which included this year last spring.

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The TAIWAN OYSTER unveils the scenic route of East Taiwan

THE TAIWAN OYSTER is a newly released American-Taiwanese Independent film set and shot in Taiwan. The film has screened in many important film festivals worldwide including SXSW, The Hampton’s, Kaohsiung, Oldenburg (Germany), Bahamas, San Diego and was the Winner of the Berlin Independent Film Festival.   THE TAIWAN OYSTER tells the story of Darin and Simon, two American ex-patriots who steal the corpse of a fallen countryman and embark on a quixotic road trip through the Taiwanese countryside in search of a suitable burial place for a person they barely knew. Masquerading as a bender road-movie, the darkly comic film explores deep existentialist questions as the protagonists’ journey deeper and deeper into the Taiwanese countryside. Darin and Simon’s quest for the perfect burial spot becomes a strange trip down Taiwan’s picturesque East Coast Highway as they encounter the unique cultures of Taiwan, welcoming families, and Nikita, another lost soul who joins their odyssey. The film addresses the universal questions that arise when one is confronted with an untimely death, explores the unique cultures of Taiwan, and probes a Southeast Asian Ex-pat experience.   Starring: Billy Harvey, Jeff Palmiotti, Leo Lim Directed by: Mark Jarrett Co-Writers: Mark Jarrett, Mitchell Jarrett, Jordan …

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Taiwan Academy presents “TROPICAL FISH” on October 24th

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Adventures of Summer Vacation: Memory of our Happy Childhood”film series, which includes one animation and 2 feature films focusing on depicting Taiwan society this summer. Family attendance is highly recommended. The film TROPICAL FISH screening on October 24th will be the last film of the series. The 1994 film takes a satirical look at the educational system of Taiwan. Young boy, Ah-Jiang, a school failure and day dreamer witnesses the kidnapping of a child. After being taken hostage by a corrupt family, he begins an unusual adventure away from home. This film “Tropical Fish” is an example of New Taiwanese Cinema, and won the award for Best Screenplay Originally Written for the Screen and Best Supporting Actress at Taiwan’s 1995 Golden Horse Film Festival. By the way, the latest film of director Yu-Hsun CHEN, Zone Pro Site, is one of the biggest blockbusters of the year 2013, and has drawn rave reviews since it opened over a week ago — not just from critics, but also from the ticket-buying public. Free admission. Please RSVP here. 6:30 pm, Thursday, October …

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Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs” Shines at the 51th NYFF

Taiwan-based director Tsai Ming-liang’s latest work, “Stray Dogs,” shines at the 51th New York Film Festival yesterday. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in Venice, Tsai’s film is highly anticipated, and it is also the third time that Tsai’s work has been chosen for NYFF. According to the FSLC’s website, “Stray Dogs” is “one of the finest works of an extraordinary artist,” which “is many things at once: minimal in its narrative content and syntax, as visually powerful as it is emotionally overwhelming, and bracingly pure in both its anger and its compassion. There’s one more chance to see this masterpiece: Mon, Oct 7–1:00pm Lincoln Center For tickets and more info, please visit: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013

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“Documentary Views of Taiwan”: A Taiwan Documentary Film Festival and Symposium at Columbia

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is pleased to partner with Columbia University Libraries, School of the Arts, Film Studies M.A. Program, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Asia-Pacific Development Society to present: “Documentary Views of Taiwan”: A Taiwan Documentary Film Festival and Symposium at Columbia, October 11-12, 2013. OCT. 11 (FRIDAY), 2013 2:00-3:00 p.m. Film Screening (Open to public;Registration)Location: Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall Title: Ebb and flow 退潮 (2010) Director: Ke Chin-Yuan 柯金源 Running time: 60 min. Languages: In Mandarin Chinese; with English subtitles. Synopsis: A documentary about the traditional life style and natural environment of the fishermen living in the middle-west coaster of Taiwan. 3:00-4:00 p.m. Film Screening (Open to public;Registration)Location: Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall Title: Song of the forest 森之歌: 台灣土地上美妙的歌詠 (2010) Director: Ke Chin-Yuan 柯金源 Running time: 60 min. Languages: In Mandarin with English subtitles Synopsis: A documentary shows the beauty of the forest ecosystem and its history of preservation and damage in Taiwan. 4:10-5:00 p.m. Panel (Open to public;Registration)Panel Discussion with The Film Director Location: Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall Film Director: Ke Chin-Yuan 柯金源 Panelists: Jane Gaines (Lead), Guo-Juin Hong, Ru-Shou Robert Chen, Tse-lan Sang, and Shi-Yan Chao, and Murray A. Rubinsein 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Invitation …

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Taiwan Academy presents “A SUMMER AT GRANDPA’S”on September 26th

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Adventures of Summer Vacation: Memory of our Happy Childhood”film series, which includes one animation and 2 feature films focusing on depicting Taiwan society this summer. Family attendance is highly recommended. The series comes with the film A SUMMER AT GRANDPA’S on September 26th. The 1984 film is one of director Hsiao-Hsien HOU’s “Coming-of-Age” trilogy, it is told from the point of view of 11-year-old Tung-Tung, gripping in its simplicity and contains a hint of melodrama, shows a sublime meditation on growing up and its inevitable loss of innocence. The eponymous Grandpa is a doctor in a small, rural town. His grandson and granddaughter are taken to spend their summer vacation with him. It’s a great way to know more about early Taiwan society through this movie. The idyllic looking movie tells about realities, about the stories that all of us could have had experienced, everything was so common, realistic, and beautiful. In Hou’s completely unsentimental depiction of childhood he has given us a work of piercing observation and integrity, so that this film is really worth watching. Free admission. …

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Taiwan Academy presents “GRANDMA AND HER GHOSTS”on August 22nd

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Adventures of Summer Vacation: Memory of our Happy Childhood”film series, which includes one animation and 2 feature films focusing on depicting Taiwan society this summer. Family attendance is highly recommended. The series starts with the animation GRANDMA AND HER GHOSTS on August 22nd. The 1998 animation is a story full of love. A 5-year-old kid is left at his grandma’s house in a small town when his mother has to go overseas. Both the kid and his grandma, the reluctant companions, will be affected by their destined acquaintance. Not only what that about Taiwan that you can recognize, in this film you can also get to understand the folk culture and beliefs in Taiwan. In addition, this film is full of humor and other interesting elements that make this film really worth watching. 6:30 pm, Thursday, August 22nd Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) B1 Screening Room TEL: 212-697-6188 ext. 4  

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