CinemAsia Film Festival 2018 – Amsterdam

CinemAsia Film Festival takes place 6 to 11 March 2018 at Kriterion and Rialto cinemas in Amsterdam. With an unprecedented number of guests attending the festival, both the film industry and the public will have the precious opportunity to interact with creators who are making waves in Asia’s dynamic cultural scene. 

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San Diego – Asian Film Festival with Taiwan Film Showcase

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States.
Each year, the festival brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema.

This year, the 18th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 150 films from 20 countries at 6 different venues in San Diego from November 9-18, 2017.

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The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture – Altering Archives

Cinema archives memories, conserves the past, and rewrites histories. As much as the Sinophone embodies differences, contemporary Sinophone cinemas in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China invest various images of contested politics in order to assert different histories and self-consciousness. As such, Sinophone cinemas and image production function as archives, with the capability of reinterpreting the multiple dimensions of past and present.

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Taiwan’s Lost Commercial Cinema: Recovered and Restored

Happy to say that a great project by Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London) and Dr Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley (Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS) is underway:

Did you know regular filmmaking on Taiwan only started in the 1950s? With a Taiwanese-language film industry? Between then and the 70s, 1,000-plus Taiwanese-language features were made. However, the budgets were miniscule, the companies short-lived, and there was no archive. They were quickly forgotten, and only 200-plus survive.

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Ella Raidel : Subversive Realitäten

Das  Kino Arsenal in Berlin zeigt vom 1. bis zum 30. September zwölf Filme von Tsai Ming-liang.
Wir haben auf unserer Seite darüber berichtet: Anatomie der Einsamkeit – Die Filme von Tsai Ming-liang

Grund genug für uns, das tolle Buch “Subversive Realitäten” von Ella Raidel wieder in Erinnerung zu rufen. Das Buch ist zwar schon etwas älter, es sind jedoch darin acht von zwölf in Berlin gezeigten Filme ausführlich beschrieben.

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Anatomie der Einsamkeit – Die Filme von Tsai Ming-liang

Das  Kino Arsenal in Berlin zeigt vom 1. bis zum 30. September zwölf Filme von Tsai Ming-liang.

Stefan Grissemann schreibt dazu:
Wenn man es definieren wollte, wäre das Kino wohl vor allem ein Manifest des Begehrens, der Versuch des Bewahrens unerklärlich schöner, flüchtiger Momente. Motive des “Perversen” haben dabei seit je, spätestens seit den lustvollen Regelverstößen der Surrealisten, ihren festen Platz. Tsai Ming-liang, Regisseur aus Taiwan, arbeitet seit einem Vierteljahrhundert mit der Anziehungskraft apokalyptischer Gesellschaftspanoramen und an seiner Version desolater -Erotik. Die schiere Bildgewalt, mit der Tsai von Entfremdung, Isolation und Lebensmüdigkeit berichtet (Kamera in fast allen Fällen: Liao Pen-jung), dient auch einem höchst eigenwilligen Humor. In seinem skeptischen Blick auf Liebesqual und Familienspannungen lodert eine – bisweilen kurios diskret anmutende – Sehnsucht nach Groteske und Tabubruch. Seine Erzählungen selbst hält Tsai Ming-liang schlicht, oft sehr fragmentarisch, um ihnen eine möglichst avancierte Form geben zu können. Das Arsenal würdigt den vielfach ausgezeichneten Autorenfilmer mit einer Retrospektive seiner zwischen 1992 und 2015 entstandenen zwölf Langfilme.

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Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival 2017

The 11th Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival is playing at Vancity Theatre from June 9th to 11th, showcasing great films from Taiwan.

Films this year include: the star-studded folk song documentary “Ode to Time”, romance comedy “My Egg Boy”, renowned director Wei Te-Sheng’s new musical movie “52Hz, I Love you”, tension-filled suspense drama “White Lies, Black Lies”, the box-office hit horror “The Tag-Along”,  a spotlight on LGBT rights the “Pride Series”, a history drama based on real events “Formosa Betrayed”, the snapshot-of-life drama “Hang in There, Kids!” and “Betelnuts Girls”.

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Chinese Language Film Festival Ireland

The inaugural Chinese-language Film Festival Ireland débuts this year at the Irish Film Institute with Made in Taiwan, a festival highlighting the work of master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien and his longtime collaborator, screenwriter Chu Tien-Wen.

The festival will run from May 11th to 14th and will feature rarely-screened award-winning films by the internationally-acclaimed Taiwanese master director, as well as an exclusive masterclass and post-screening Q&As. The masterclass, supported by Screen Training Ireland, will be led by Chinese-language cinema expert Professor Chris Berry of King’s College London.

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