After his education in Foreign Languages in Taiwan, Wan studied film in California. In the early 1980s, he returned to Taiwan and co-produced the omnibus film The Sandwich Man (1983) with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Zeng Chuang-Hsiang. Wan has since made many successful films, such as Super Citizen Ko.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan. HUANG has been working as a TV and film director for over 10 years. He focuses on the relation between people and society and shows warmth through his works. Huang’s footage of the sea and its creatures is absolutely stunning, especially in his latest film Whale Island.
One of most talented and promising young directors in Taiwan, CHEN is well known for her unique styles and fast paces with focuses on issues in art and culture. In 2007, God, Man, Dog, was selected in The Forum at the Berlin International Film Festival and was voted Best Film by the Der Tagesspiegel, the biggest newspaper in Germany.
WANG holds an MA in Playwriting and Script Development from the University of Exeter, UK. She was an important production team member of the literary documentary series The Inspired Island. Her feature-length documentary, A Foley Artist, was theatrically released in Taiwan in 2017, and traces the history of sound making in Taiwanese films.
The documentary explores the mind of one of Asia's greatest cinematographer- Mark Lee Ping-Bing, who was the quiet force behind recent cinematic masterpieces such as In the Mood for Love and The Assassin. His illustrious career has earned praise from acclaimed filmmakers like Wong Kar-wai, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Sylvia Chang.
This year, we are excited to bring this documentary to you on the BIG SCREEN. Pencil the date into your diary, we hope to see many of you on 14th August!
Time: 19:30, on 14.08.2021
Admission: 10 Euro
＊This documentary will be a one-time-only special screening, and therefore will not be shown at our online film festival. All the more reason to grab your ticket today!
We are proud to premiere Whale Island as our opening film.
This tender and majestic ode to the sea follows two men, who are deeply committed to maritime research and literature. Connecting their individual stories, this film unveils their struggles to balance passion and family life.
At the centre of Whale Island’s enchantment lies the family element, as it further intertwines the two storylines in multiple layers and renders them more relatable. A bit of spoiler alert: the two protagonists seem to be relentlessly chasing their ideals, but nothing is ever that simple; a deeper reflection on sacrifice, regret and life choices is underway.
Time: 20:00 20.08.2021
Plattform: Vimeo on Demand
＊ This film will only be screened once on our Vimeo on Demand. DON’T MISS OUT!
In recent years, the amount of foreigners in Taiwan has reached almost 800,000, of which the majority is from Southeast Asia. As the fastest-growing community, what kind of life challenges are they currently confronting?
This forum invited Malaysian filmmaker LAU Kek-huat and Klaus Bardenhagen, a German Journalist. They both studied film and are based in Taiwan. Through LAU’s films, we get a glimpse of immigrants' lives in Taiwan; while Klaus Bardenhagen has been reporting on Taiwan for over 10 years. From both of their perspectives, we might be able to re-identify and re-address Taiwan's cultural, social and ethnic multipelity.
Join our online forum on 10th Aug. This forum discussion will be held on Youtube and our Facebook page.
Access the forum at here, which can also be found on our Facebook event page.