Various locations, International, Iceland
FilmTaiwan announces the inauguration of the Taiwan Film Festival in Iceland and the UK. The festival celebrates Taiwan’s long and tempestuous history and diverse cultural heritage through the uncensored lens of independent Taiwanese filmmakers. An exciting programme of films will cover a broad range of topical issues that are both particular to Taiwan and also speak to a global audience - including LGBTQ rights, ethnicity, land rights, environment and politics.
As the only Mandarin-speaking country in the world who promotes freedom of speech, Taiwan has a powerful voice to tell stories others cannot. Kicking off in Iceland, the festival will run from 8 – 24 March. The opening film, The Great Buddha + will be featured as part of the StockFish Film Festival and the rest of the programme will be screened at independent cinema Bíó Paradís and IÐNÓ. “Bringing the Taiwan Film Festival to Iceland and the UK was an obvious fit because of the strong roots of storytelling and independent filmmaking on each of these islands.
Iceland’s festival programme is inspired by films which give a voice to forgotten places and people” says festival curator Aephie Chen. The festival will open with a screening of the award-winning The Great Buddha +, directed by Huang Hsin-Yao, a black comedy looking at political corruption through the eyes of two disenfranchised lonely losers. This will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
There will also be a selection of short films starting with the The Glamorous Boys of Tang - a gender-bending, surreal story which was developed from an un-filmed scene from the 1985 cult film Tang Chao Chi Li, due to the censorship laws of the time. Female director, Heather Tsui’s debut Long Time No Sea is a feel-good, family drama set in the indigenous Tao community of Taiwan’s Orchid Island. Three intricate and seemingly unrelated storylines are interwoven into one in Chen Singing’s God Man Dog, a thrilling Taiwanese drama that illustrates the conflicts between city and countryside, immigrants and indigenous people, as well as the different religions that exist on the island.
And finally a collection of films from acclaimed filmmaker Wei Te-Sheng including Warriors of Rainbow: Seediq Bale, Cape No. 7, Pusu Qhuni and KANO. Each will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A or a storytelling workshop.
After the screenings in Iceland, the Taiwan Film Festival will travel to the UK in April 2019 where a second programme of independent Taiwanese films will be screened at various prestigious locations including the Curzon Soho, DocHouse at Curzon Bloomsbury, the Starr Cinema at the Tate Modern museum and an exciting pop-up VR cinema in central London where a number of virtual reality film screenings will take place.
Please see the website or attached PDF for full list of films and dates, times & venues.