SDAFF and UCSD Collaborate for a Weekend of Films from Taiwan
The San Diego Asian Film Festival, the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, and the UCSD Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies have joined to present a three-day Taiwan Film Showcase at UCSD. The showcase features seven film programs, kicking-off with the North American premiere of the teen comedy CHA CHA FOR TWINS, which won Best Narrative Film at the Taipei Film Festival this year. The film’s co-director Jim Wang and producer James Hsu are scheduled to attend the opening night film, which is preceded by a free food reception.
All films are free, contain English subtitles, and are presented at the state-of-the-art Atkinson Hall Auditorium, on the UCSD campus, from November 2-4, 2012.
The UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series hosted a similar Taiwan Film Festival on campus in 2009, and for its 2012 edition, reached out to the San Diego Asian Film Festival to collaborate.
“Films from Taiwan have for decades now been amongst the most internationally-acclaimed at festivals like Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, and we’re thrilled to be able to present a snapshot of Taiwan cinema today so San Diegans can get a glimpse of why these films are so well regarded,” says Brian Hu, Artistic Director of the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
Other films at the Taiwan Film Showcase include:
10+10, a collection of 20 short films by Taiwan’s most prominent directors, including master director Hou Hsiao-hsien (Three Times, A City of Sadness). The 20 shorts showcase the diversity of stories and styles in Taiwan today.
STARRY STARRY NIGHT, a coming-of-age fantasy based on the illustrated novel by beloved Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao.
A digitally-restored print of the classic film IN OUR TIME (featuring the first work by the great director Edward Yang), on the occasion of the omnibus films’ 30th anniversary.
THE RAW AND THE COOKED, a sumptuous documentary that looks at culture and tradition in Taiwan through rituals of food preparation.
MONEY AND HONEY, a touching, personal documentary about Filipina domestic workers in Taiwan spanning a decade.
? GOLDEN HORSE SHORT FILMS, a lively pair of acclaimed short films (THIEF and 5F-2) curated by the San Diego Asian Film Festiva