The Taiwan Film Festival (TWFF) launches for the first time in Australia, showing the depth and
breadth of cinematic works from Taiwan, which produced world famous directors such as Ang Lee
and Hsiao-Hsien Hou. From human drama and documentary through to horror, the festival’s
handpicked program will offer nine feature films and four short films. TWFF will strictly run for three
days only from July 27-29, 2018 at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street.
TWFF opens with Bo An’s heartfelt and contemplative film titled, Sen Sen. The story focuses on the
friendship between Sen Sen, a boy who has experienced loss of a loved one, and Granny Lily, who is
determined to live life to the fullest despite being at the final stage of cancer. Closing the festival is
Father to Son, a film on family relationships, identity and reconciliation directed by award-winning
Ya-Chuan Hsiao and produced by Hsiao-Hsien Hou.
The festival’s highlight is The Story of the Stone, a contemporary adaptation of the classic novel by
the same name. A depiction of gay life in Taipei, the film explores stereotypes of male masculinity
and the darker side of Taiwan. Director Starr Wu will appear for a special guest Q&A session after
the film screening.
The Taiwan Film Festival will also announce the winner of their short film competition at the closing
ceremony on July 29. Selected from fifty submissions, four shortlisted titles will be screened
throughout the festival.
Festival Director Benson Wu says, “Taiwanese films are regular contestants in the international film
festival circuit. Breaking away from overused formulas found in many western and mainstream Asian cinema, Taiwanese filmmakers tend to embrace unexplored talents and present strong stories, all the while retaining a distinctly Taiwanese voice and style. The international film festivals recognise the quality of Taiwanese cinema, however, only a limited number of these films are ever shown in Australia. My desire to share the beauty of Taiwanese films led me to launch the Taiwan Film Festival in hopes that more Sydney audiences, including people of Taiwanese heritage, will see the best of Taiwan’s contemporary films and embrace the talents found within.”
Ready for the fest? Here's the full line up!
A heart-warming story about granny Lili determined to survive more than 100 days after being
diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Starring award winning Hong Kong actress Nina Paw.
Black Bear Forest
A fascinating journey of searching for black bears in Taiwan that documents the astonishing wildlife
in Taiwan and how it connects with the local community.
The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful
Award winner at the Golden Horse Awards 2017 and selected for Taipei Film Festival 2018. Lying,
deceiving, making underhand deals and appeasing the Taiwanese elite. An extravagant mix of soap
opera and thriller in which women rule the roost.
The Last Painting
Selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam Official Competition 2017 and winner of Best
Feature at Cines del Sur. Director Hung-I Chen spins a multi-layered drama and murder mystery
infused with themes of art, politics and sexual identity.
The Story of the Stone
Winner of the Excellent Screenplay Award at Golden Harvest Award 2014 in Taipei. The film displays
an honest and natural depiction of the gay life in Taipei, as well as exploring despair and hope
Take Me to the Moon
Taiwanese version of Back to the Future and using the incon Taiwanese singer Yu-Sheng Chang’s
same titled song takes you back to the high school romance with great tunes.
The Great Buddha
Award winner at Golden Horse and Taipei Film Festival 2017. A free-wheeling delight which glides
effortlessly from deadpan comedy to Hitchcockian thriller and humanist drama.
The Tag Alone 2
Taiwanese box office hit The Tag Alone 2, the story adapted from the horror urban legend The Little
Girl in Red, starring Rainie Yang, Francesca Kao and River Huang.
Father to Son
Selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Competition 2018. Produced by
Taiwanese auteur Hsiao-Hsien Hou and directed by Ya-Chuan Hsiao, the film sketches a circle of
evolution in a human drama that explores stories from the past, which hide in the future.
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About Taiwan Film Festival
Taiwan Film Festival is an non for profit organisation in Australia and aims to celebrate Taiwan’s rich cultural heritage and talented film industry through cinema. Showcasing from romance films to indie titles, the festival is a platform for the people of Sydney to explore, discover and connect over
Taiwan’s diverse cinematic works.
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Media Release by: Benson Wu, Festival Director
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