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Taipei Film Festival announce opening and closing film & unveiled promo shorts


The Taipei Film Festival announce today that the Festival will open with The Great Buddha + directed by Huang Hsin-yao and close with MANFEI directed by Chen Hyin-gen. Moreover, both films are nominated for the Taipei Film Awards and will hold their world premiere at the 2017 Taipei Film Festival. In addition, the Festival release the promotional shorts directed by Chiang Wei Liang, whose Anchorage Prohibited won Best Short Film at the Taipei Film Awards and the Audi Short Film Awards at the Berlinale in 2016. The short films stars this year’s Taipei Film Festival ambassadors, Wu Kang-jen and Wen Chen-ling.



The opening film, The Great Buddha +, is director Huang Hsin-yao’s first narrative feature. Huang won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Taipei Film Awards for Taivalu. Noted for the unique black humour and the portrayal of the country’s vitality, The Great Buddha + is based on Huang’s 2014 short film, The Great Buddha, which was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 Golden Horse Awards. Furthermore, the renowned Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hung worked as executive producer and the director of photography on the film.




The closing film, MANFEI, is directed by Chen Hyin-gen, who received several nominations at the Taipei Film Awards for Island Etude(2007) and A Life that Sings(2014) in previous years. MANFEI tells the story of the late dancer Lo Man-fei of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, showing the works of the famous dancer and choreographer as well as her dedication to the dance education in Taiwan. Director Chen got into MANFEI and found the angle to approach such a legend in contemporary dance through the insight of Lin Hwai-min, the founder and the artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.




The promotional shorts of the 2017 Taipei Film Festival is unveiled today. Chiang Wei Liang, a Singaporean director based in Taiwan, invites many Southeast Asian migrant workers and immigrants to participate, starring with this year’s festival ambassadors Wu Kang-jen and Wen Chen-ling. The 30-second version consists of a single shot, revealing how the audiences are enchanted with the film in the cinema. In the 90-second director’s cut, Chiang not only portrays various aspects of the lives of the Southeast Asian migrant workers and immigrants in Taiwan, including their work, romance and family life, but also uses these images to pay homage to the Taiwanese New Cinema. The Taipei Film Festival hope that these promotional shorts would remind the Taiwanese audiences that our friends from the Southeast Asia are not only the characters seen on-screen but our neighbours, who live with us on this island.









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