Monday, June 22, 2009

11th Taipei Film Festival

The fest will run from June 26 to July 12 and here are the films in the New Talent Competition. All films come from prestigious festivals where won awards or were official selections.

Breathless, Yang Ik-June, South Korea, 2008
Disgrace, Steve Jacobs, Australia and South Africa, 2008
Everyone Else, Maren Ade, Germany, 2009
Parking, Chung Mong-hong, Taiwan, 2008
Parque Via, Enrique Rivero, Mexico, 2008
Salamander, Pablo Aguero, Argentina, France and Germany, 2008
The Dark Harbor, Naito Takatsugu, Japan, 2008
La Nana (The Maid), Sebastian Silva, Chile, 2009
The Noise in My Head, Vincent Pluss, Germany and Switzerland, 2008
The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, Stephan Komandarev, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia, 2008
Unmade Beds, Alexis Dos Santos, UK, 2008
Yang Yang, Cheng Yu-chieh, Taiwan, 2009 (must be seen)

These are the films in competition for the Taipei Award.

Ayu, Lai Chunyu, Taiwan, 2009
A Place of One’s Own, Lou Yi-an, Hong Kong and Taiwan, 2009
Finding Here, Cheng Feng-heng, Taiwan, 2008 (intriguing)
Miao Miao, Cheng Hsiao-tse, Hong Kong, 2008
No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti, Leon Ta, Taiwán, 2009
Parking, Chung Mong-hong, Taiwán, 2008
Port of Return, Chang Jung-kuei, Taiwan, 2009 (animation)
Somewhere I have Never Travelled, Fu Tien-yu, Taiwan, 2009
Yang Yang, Cheng Yu-chieh Taiwan, 2009

There is one opening film that seems very interesting Germany 09, a collection of 13 short films by Fatih Akin, Wofgang Becker, Sylke enders, Domik Graf, Christoph Hochhausler, Romuald Karmakar, Nicolette Krebitz, Dani Levy, Angela Schanelec, Hans Steinbichler, Isabelle Stever, Tom Tykwer, and Hans Weingarter, Germany, 2009

Also very interesting and starring Anamaria Marinca is Storm, Hans-Christian Schmid, Germany 2009 and for those living in Taiwan I strongly suggest you do not miss the opportunity to watch in the big screen two classic lesbian interest films in the Vintage Berlin section: Aimee & Jaguar and Girls in Uniform. Also the gay interest films are remarkable and includes a retrospective by Rob Epstein and his well known documentaries like The Times of Harvey Milk and The Celluloid Closet.

To browse the fest site go here.

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