FILM

Taiwanese short film PING PONG COACH wins Student Visionary Award at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The Taiwanese short film PING PONG COACH, as the only Mandarin one selected by 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, was honored with the Student Visionary Awards at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, April 21. This film tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl, who falls for her ping pong coach as the father of her best friend and ping pong partner. The jury panel contributes its success to, “For its naturalistic tone and compelling performances, this film impacted us in a real way.” This film also receives $5,000 sponsored by HBO. The director Liu Yi and screenwriter Yang Chieh, both the current second-year film students in Columbia University, dedicated the Tribeca award to their film crew including their co-producer Chang Yu-Yen and Huang Zen, assistant director Yang Ya-Chi, cinematographer Wen Shi-Pei, production design Lin Yu-Ting, and costume design Chung Tun. PING PONG COACH is selected from 74 nominated shorts by the jury panels and given awards by Sharon Badal, Tribeca’s Vice President of Shorts Programming on Thursday evening in New York.

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TAIWAN CINEMA: YESTERDAY AND TODAY

It is our pleasure to announce the symposium and film screenings in cooperation with Columbia University and Taipei Cultural Center celebrating the release of An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies edited by Jim Cheng, James Wicks, and Sachie Noguchi. 4/21/2016 ※10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Film Screening: Banana Paradise / 香蕉天堂 (Wang Tong, 1989) 1:00 p.m | What Does the Taiwan New Cinema Movement Mean 30 Years Ago? 1:45 p.m. | Dire Straits: Representation of 1949 and Wang Tong’s Cinema 3:15 p.m.| Recent Taiwan Films: Currencies & Circulations ※5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Taipei Cultural Center, please RSVP here 5:30 p.m. | Reception for the Book Release 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Film Screening: Buddha, Bless America / 太平天國 (Wu Nianzhen, 1996)   4/22/2016 ※10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203 Film Screening | Maverick / 菜鳥 (Chen Wen-tang, 2015) ※7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Taipei Cultural Center, please RSVP here Film Screening | 10 + 10 (Hou Hsiao-hsien and other 19 leading directors of Taiwan, 2011)   The book project An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies …

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Fresh Taiwan Cinema Ping Pong Coach and 3 Islands debuting at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and 2016 NYC Indie Film Festival

As the only Mandarin film selected by this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), Ping Pong Coach will compete for the best short film along with other 52 films from 23 different countries. Its world premiere will be shown at TFF on Saturday, April 16 in attendance with the new talented director Liu Yi and screenwriter Yang Chieh, who are both the current second-year film students in Columbia University. Ping Pong Coach began its production in July 2015 with filming taking place in various locations around Taipei and Taoyuan City in Taiwan, telling a story of a fifteen-year-old girl, Tsi-An, fallen in love with her ping pong coach, who happens to be the father of her best friend and ping pong partner. The other keenly observational Taiwanese film chosen for 2016 NYC Independent Film Festival, 3 Islands, directed by Lin Xinyi, will screen on Thursday, April 28. 3 Islands’ documentary images try to shift from literary writings to the actual fixing of body-scene. Adopting literature as well as the personal research and practices of artists as scripts, paralleled with reversible movements of the flesh, this film recounts the unknown history and the symptomatic interpretations of the 3 islands of East Asia. For …

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Spring 2016 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering The Beauty and Sadness of History

Spring 2016 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering the Beauty and Sadness of History   The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce that it will launch its Spring 2016 Taiwan Film Series with the theme of “Discovering Taiwan’s History.” The series includes three documentaries which were recently released in Taiwan, the screen dates are as follows:   1. Attabu (Documentary, 2013, 90 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 28th 2. Attabu II (Documentary, 2015,108 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 26th 3. Wansei Back Home(Documentary, 2015, 111 min) 6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 23rd   ‘’Attabu’’ comes from the language of the Pingpu aboriginals. The seemingly unfamiliar term of the ‘’Attabu LIN Family” refers to the Wufeng LIN Family, one of the five notable clans in Taiwan. The movie focuses on the history of the LIN family, and provides an overview of the historical changes that took place in Taiwan on both a micro and macroscale over a 200 year period, demonstrating how the two are tightly intertwined with one another.   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 …

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Tsai Ming-liang’s latest film Afternoon and beloved classic Goodbye, Dragon Inn Coming in Early April

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is delighted to announce that the internationally acclaimed auteur Tsai Ming-liang’s latest feature Afternoon will be presented at the new arthouse cinema Metrograph on April 1while his ever astonishing Goodbye, Dragon Inn will be showed at the Museum of the Moving Image on April 2. For the past twenty-five years, Tsai Ming-liang has distinguished himself as one of the most tirelessly brilliant filmmakers in the world with such beautifully crafted films about love, sex, and urban alienation. Rarely does this great auteur appear onscreen himself and open up about his creative methods, so the new Afternoon, a film in four static shots in which the director sits with his subtly expressive muse Lee Kang-sheng in a ramshackle rural house to discuss all manner of things professional and very personal, is a highly anticipated work. Meanwhile, as a companion on-screen program to the exhibition “The Hollywood Classics behind Walkers & Dragon Inn & Goodbye, Dragon Inn,” exploring the porous relationship between fine-art and gallery culture and filmmaking, Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye, Dragon Inn will be showcased at the Museum of the Moving Image on April 2. For more information, please visit: Metrograph and MoMI Afternoon 2015 …

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Shooting taste of life—Taipei Cultural Center launches 2016 Taiwan Women’s Film Series

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce that it will launch its 2016 Taiwan Women’s Film Series this month. The series includes six films detailing the lives of women in Taiwan. The viewing locations and times are as follows: 1. New York University* 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Michelson Theater (1)Twin Bracelets        3/25/2016(Friday 1:30 p.m.) Feature Film | Color |1991| 103 min. | Two teenage girls make a pledge to each other to be as “man and wife” in a small Chinese fishing town. The notions of women’s rights or sexual freedom are absent in their culture, and when one becomes happily married to a stranger, the other is cruelly betrothed to the abusive son of a wealthy family. Seeking to free herself from a lifetime of abuse, Hui-hua desperately looks for a way out. The film won the 1992 San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Feature. (2)The Strait Story      3/26/2016(Saturday 1:30 p.m.) Feature Film | Color |2005| 105 min. | The year is 1943 and Taiwan is under Japanese colonization. After     finishing his studies in Japan, famous Taiwanese sculptor and painter Ching-Cheng Huang receives an offer to teach in Beiping …

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Mar 11-14, BAM cinématek presents Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day in a brand new 4K restoration

“One of those movies that, by slow accretion of detail and bold dramatic vision, disclose the structure and feeling of an entire world.” —A. O. Scott, The New York Times BAM cinématek presents an exclusive four-day engagement of Edward Yang’s masterpiece in a brand new 4K restoration. This breathtaking epic charts the coming-of-age of a teenage boy (Chang Chen) as he grows up amidst political turmoil, warring street gangs, and the encroaching influence of American pop culture in 1960s Taiwan. The film’s novelistic sweep—its expansive running time, sprawling cast, masterful accumulation of details—creates a richly-realized, intoxicating portrait of young love, rock ‘n’ roll, and teenage abandon. One of the towering masterpieces of the 1990s, A Brighter Summer Day is “a powerful statement from Yang’s generation about what it means to be Taiwanese” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader). For more information, please go to: www.BAM.org/ABrighterSummerDay

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BAM Cinématek presents Chung Mong-hong, A retrospective of the Taiwanese auteur, Nov 30—Dec 2

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is proud to announce its conjunction with BAM Cinématek to present Chung Mong-hong, a showcase of the independent Taiwanese auteur comprising his four feature films: Soul, Parking, Doctor, and The Fourth Portrait from Monday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 2. In a commercial landscape dominated by romantic comedies and historical dramas, Chung’s body of work has emerged as a bold alternative, encompassing nonfiction, melodrama, and psychological horror. An increasingly regular presence on the international film festival circuit, but unjustly unknown in America, Chung’s films are darkly comic, strikingly stylish, and subtly surreal, offering an eccentric portrait of urban Taiwan that has led some critics to hail him as the successor to Taiwanese New Wave master Edward Yang. Opening the series on November 30 is Chung’s latest film, Soul (2013), an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2013. Part blood-spattered shocker and part provocative meditation on reincarnation, this Lynchian mind-melter features “feverish, dreamlike, and unearthly” (Variety) shots of the stunning Taiwanese landscape. Other highlights include Parking (2008—Dec 1), a bizarre odyssey into the night world of Taipei starring Chang Chen (The Assassin, A Brighter Summer Day) and set to music by John …

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Fall 2015 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering Taiwan: Three Taiwanese Films lead to discover the beauty of Taiwan

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Discovering Taiwan”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Beyond Beauty- TAIWAN FROM ABOVE(Documentary, 2013, 93 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, September 24th 2. Bird Without Borders- Black-faced Spoonbills (Documentary, 2009, 60 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 15th 3. Fishing Luck(Feature Film, 2005, 96 min) 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 18th, please RSVP here Lanyu is a beautiful place; clean environment, great view, and even the people are pure. The island is not very connected to Taiwan; all the main resources on the island are shipped. People on the island were born to wait, such as waiting for the flying fishing season to come. The flying fish season is very important for the inhabitants of the island, it has affected the island’s culture and people and many oceanic culture and taboos were also derived from it. The camera, the film’s narrative sets up a series of contrasts that invoke various social issues: the cultural differences between Han people and Tao aboriginals, the gap between the modern city and the pre-modern tribe. What the film …

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