By Sherry Hsiao / Journalist
Five Taiwanese films have been selected to screen at the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), which begins today and runs until Sunday next week.
The five films are Chung Mong-hong (鍾孟宏) The Falls (瀑布), Edward Yang (楊德昌) Taipei Story (青梅竹馬), Chen Yu-hsun (陳玉勳) My Missing Valentine (消失 的 情人 節), Chang Yao-sheng ( ) 張耀 升) One leg (腿) and The silent forest (無聲) by Ko Chien-nien (柯 貞 年).
Chung first presented a story from a female perspective in The Falls, which was shortlisted for the Orizzonti competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the Culture Ministry said on Tuesday.
The film, an intimate drama about the changing relationship between a mother and daughter amid the COVID-19 pandemic, would make its UK premiere at LEAFF on Saturday, according to the festival schedule.
As part of LEAFF’s retrospective selection, Taipei Story would be screened on Tuesday next week. First released in 1985, the film is considered an important part of the Taiwanese New Wave movement, the ministry said.
The romantic comedy My Missing Valentine, which won five awards at last year’s Golden Horse Awards, would debut in London on Wednesday next week.
Meanwhile, A Leg, which is part of LEAFF’s competition lineup, will have its European premiere on Saturday next week.
Starring Gwei Lun-mei (桂 綸 鎂) and Tony Yang (楊祐寧), the dark comedy is Chang’s first director, the ministry said.
Based on real events on a school campus, Ko’s feature debut, The Silent Forest, will premiere in London on October 31, the ministry said.
LEAFF is the largest Asian film festival in the UK, the ministry said, adding that the five Taiwanese films are among 34 to be screened at the event.
LEAFF is one of the main platforms through which British audiences gain an understanding of developments in East Asian cinema, said Chen Pin-chuan (陳斌 全), director of the cultural division of the Taipei representative office in the UK. .
Festival director Hye-Jung Jeon said she looks forward to the festival program bringing audiences back to theaters and facilitating understanding and connections between different cultures.
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