Taiwan Film Festival

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Sylvia Feng

Sylvia FENG is a senior producer at Public Television Service. She is the executive producer of the only documentary program in Taiwan-Viewpoint. She has been a radio and television professional for more than 20 years and has devoted herself to the promotion and development of public service broadcast in Taiwan over the past decade. She has also led the fight to broadcast Taiwan’s first program produced by indigenous minorities.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Press Conference

The 2006 Taiwan Film Festival Press Conference

Time: 5:30pm

Date: September 28, 2006

Place: Ming's Restaurant
1700 Embarcadero Rd., palo Alto, CA

Contact: Ms. Fenman Wu (415)364-5602

Mr. Lin Cheng-sheng (Dir. Murmur of Youth)
Ms. Huang Yu-shan (Dir. The Starit Story)
Ms. Chien Wei-ssu (Dir. Viva Tonal - the Dance Age)
Ms. Sylvia Feng (Senior Producer, PTS Taiwan)
TECO-SF Press Office
Asia Society Northern California

Monday, September 18, 2006

Press Center

1. Press Release [WORD]

2. Press Images:
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3. Program PDF file
UC Berkeley

Stanford University

Brigham Young University

University of Washington

4. Trailer
Bay Are (UC Berkeley and Stanford)

Salt Lake City and Provo (Brigham Young University)

Seattle (University of Washington)

Film Festival Trailer

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Chen Lung-nan

Documentary worker, 29, A-mei (one of the minority groups in Taiwan). Professional documentary worker after graduating in 1999 from National Taiwan University’s, majoring in Sociology in the Social Studies Department. Won the government scholarship for aboriginals in 2003, currently studying film production in America in 2005.

Ocean Fever

Taiwan panorama: Brother Director--Chen Lung-nan

Taiwan Documentary Development Association - Filmmaker's bio - Chen Lung-nan (Mandarin)

Chen Yu-hsun

NYT Movies - Filmography - Chen Yu-hsun

IMDB.com: Chen Yu-hsun

Hung Hung

IMDB.com: Hung Hung

台灣電影筆記-人物特寫-鴻鴻(in Mandarin)

Taipei Times:Mirroring the lovely absurdity of Taipei
Director Hung Hung focuses his camera on life in Taiwan's capital city

Monika Treut

Monika Treut was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, on April 6, 1954. She studied literature and politics at Philipps-University, Marburg. In the mid-seventies she began working with video. Her PhD thesis: "The Cruel Woman. Female Images in the Writing of Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch" was published in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 1984.

In the mid-eighties Treut started to write, direct and produce award-winning independent features and documentaries which screened at numerous film festivals throughout the world and enjoy international distribution. Retrospectives have been held in Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Taipeh, Toronto, Cambridge, Helsinki, Thessaloniki, Los Angeles and Lisbon. Treut's first feature, co-directed with Elfi Mikesch, was the controversial "Seduction:The Cruel Woman",1985, which since has become a cult classic. The black and white coming-out tale "Virgin Machine" followed in 1988. "My Father Is Coming", a comedy of manners set in New York, was released in 1991. In 1992 Treut began directing documentaries: "Female Misbehavior", four portraits of "bad girls", among them Camille Paglia; "Didn`t Do It For Love" in 1997, a portrait of Norwegian-born Eva Norvind, B-movie star in Mexico, later dominatrix in New York; a group portrait of transgendered cyborgs in San Francisco "Gendernauts" in 1999; and, most recently, Treut completed "Warrior of Light", on Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, an internationally renown artist and human rights activist who works with endangered children in the streets and slums of Rio de Janeiro.

Since 1990 Treut has also been teaching and lecturing at Colleges (Vassar, Hollins, Dartmouth), Art Institutes (SFAI) and Universities (UIC, UCSD) in the U.S. Treut runs the independent film production company, Hyena Films, with offices in Hamburg, Germany.

Hyena Films
Wikipedia: Monika Treut
IMDB.com: Monika Treut

Lin Cheng-sheng

Lin Cheng-sheng was born in 1959 to a farming family in eastern Taiwan. He left home at 16 and became a baker in Taipei. He attended a directing/scripting workshop in 1986 and began making documentaries. In 1996 he directed his first feature film, A DRIFTING LIFE, for which he was awarded a Silver Medal in the Young Cinema Competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival. His second film, MURMUR of YOUTH, was screened during Director's Week at the Cannes International Film Festival. In 1994, in Chen Yu-hsun's TROPICAAL FISH, Lin gave a superb performance in the role of a kidnapper, an indication of his tremendous talent for acting as well.

NYT Movies - Filmography - Lin Cheng-sheng
IMDB.com: Lin Cheng-sheng

Chien Wei-ssu

Chien, Wei-Ssu was born in Yi-Lan Taiwan in 1962. She graduated from National Chenchi University in Western Languages and Literature in 1984. After working as a secretary, a theater performer, Chien went to the United States and completed a Master’s degree in Photography & Cinema at the Ohio State University in 1993. She is currently a freelance video/film director/producer and a lecturer at Shih Hsin University. In addition, she has been a council member of Taiwan Women’s Film/Video Association since 1998.

The new new Taiwan cinema: An Interview with Chien Wei-Ssu

Asian Pacific Arts: Musical Verite

Tseng Wen-chen

Tseng, Wen Chen, a young and highly praised documentary director in Taiwan. In 2002, Spring: the Story of Hsu Chin-Yu won her Best Documentary Award at Golden Horse Awards. She then made documentary Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek for Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation (PTS) and received widely acclaim. This film is PTS’s best-selling documentary to this day. She is one of the most expected directors among the new currents in Taiwan Today. Fishing Luck is her first feature film.

IMDB.com: Tseng Wen-chen
Taiwan Review: Everyday Glamour

Tang Hsiang-chu

NYT Movies - Filmography - Tang Hsiang-chu

IMDB.com: Tang Hsiang-chu

Huang Yu-shan

Filmmaker and Associate Professor of the Graduate Institute of Sound & Image Studies in Management, Tainan National College of Arts. Also founder (1993) of Women Make Waves Film & Video Festival in Taiwan.

Received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at the Graduate Institute of New York University.
(From: IMDB.com)

台灣電影筆記: 人物特寫> 導演 > 黃玉珊 Huang Yu-Shan (in Mandarin)

Lin Yu-hsien

Jump into a miracle – interview with Lin Yu-hsien, director of “Jump! Boys”

IMDB.com: Lin Yu-hsien

Taiwan Review: Little Boys, Big Ambitions

Taipei Times: Documenting Success

Ang Lee

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University. At NYU, he served as Assistant Director on Spike Lee's student film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983). After Lee wrote a couple of screenplays, he eventually appeared on the film scene with Pushing Hands (1992), a dramatic-comedy reflecting on generational conflicts and cultural adaptation, centering on the metaphor of the grandfather's Tai-Chi technique of "Pushing Hands". The Wedding Banquet (1993) as Lee's next film, an exploration of cultural and generational conflicts through a homosexual Chinese man who feigns a marriage in order to satisfy the traditional demands of his Taiwanese parents - it garnered Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, and won a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The third movie in his trilogy of Taiwanese-Culture/Generation films, all of them featuring his patriarch figure Sihung Lung, was Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), which received a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination. Lee followed this with Sense and Sensibility (1995), his first Hollywood-mainstream movie. It acquired a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and won Best Adapted Screenplay, for the film's screenwriter and lead actress, Emma Thompson. Lee was also voted the year's Best Director by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. Lee and frequent collaborator James Schamus next filmed The Ice Storm (1997) , an adaptation of Rick Moody's novel involving 1970s New England Suburbia. The movie acquired the 1997 Best Screenplay at Cannes for screenwriter James Schamus, among other accolades. The Civil War drama Ride With The Devil (1999) soon followed and received critical praise, but it was Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), that is considered one of his greatest works, a sprawling period film and martial-arts epic that dealt with love, loyalty and loss - it swept the Oscar nominations, eventually winning Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Director at the Golden Globes, and became the highest grossing foreign-language film ever released in America. Lee then filmed the comic-book adaptation, Hulk (2003) - an elegantly and skillfully film with nice action scenes. Lee has also shot a short film - Hire, The Chosen (2001) - and most recently won the 2005 Best Director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain (2005), a film based on a short story by E.Annie Proulx.(From: IMDB.com)

Wikipedia: Ang Lee
NYT Movies - Filmography - Ang Lee

Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Of the ten films that Hsiao-hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed as "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema."

Hou's birthplace, a county in Kuangtung Province, had been well-known as an intellectual center in China. In 1948, his family moved to Taiwan and, like all children raised there, he went through an extremely demanding educational system. In 1969, he studied film at the National Taiwan Arts Academy. After graduation in 1972, he worked briefly as a salesman. Later he began his film career as a scriptwriter and assistant director.

Hou's films are often concerned with his experiences of growing up in rural Taiwan in the 1950s and 1960s. The 1950s marked a time in which refugee families from the mainland were struggling painfully for survival, while the 1960s saw the beginning of the most significant social change in modern Taiwan. The economic boom of that period meant the beginning of Western-style industrialization and urbanization. The normal frustrations of growing up were aggravated by these complicated changes, and Hou's films are intimate expressions of those experiences.

His emotionally charged work is replete with highly nostalgic images and beautiful compositions; their power lies in his total identification with the past and the fate of families who suffered through difficult times. His stories, often written in collaboration with scriptwriters T'ien-wen Chu and Nien-Jen Wu, depict the complex intertwining of the different strands that shape the lives of individuals. In a poetic yet relaxed style, they reflect a deep sympathy and a profound humanism. (From: IMDB.com)

Wikipedia: Hou Hsiao-hsien
NYT Movies - Filography - Hou Hsiao-hsien
The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien
Director and Films: Hou Hsiao-hsien
City of Sadness

Stan Lai

One of the most prominent and influential voices in the Chinese language theatre, Stan Lai is also noted for his award-winning films, as well as his long career as an arts educator. His 23 original plays have premiered through either the theatre group Performance Workshop, where he is Artistic Director, or Taipei National University of the Arts, where he is Professor of Theatre and Founding Dean of the College of Theatre.

Lai's plays have been performed throughout the Chinese world. The Peach Blossom Land has toured worldwide, been made into a film, and has had no less than 50 different productions in Beijing alone. His famous "crosstalk" (xiangsheng) series has helped created the large, popular audience base for his critically acclaimed theatrical work. His epic 7 hour A Dream Like A Dream received top awards at the 2003 HK Drama Awards, and has drawn comparisons to Peter Brook's Mahabharata. He is also an accomplished Scenic Designer, and often designs his own plays.

Lai holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from U.C. Berkeley. Among numerous awards, he has received Taiwan��s National Arts Award an unprecedented two times. In the Moment �V the Theatre of Stan Lai (Sha-na-zhong, Taipei: China Times Press, 2003) is the first full length study of his works.

Performance Workshop: Stan Lai
IDA. Artists for 2005: Stan Lai
NYT Movies - Filmography - Stan Lai
Like a Dream of a Dream--Stan Lai's Life in Theater

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Human Comedy

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Renjian Xiju

Directed by Hung Hung
導演 鴻鴻

Departed stylistically from the longtake, deepfocus norm of Taiwanese New Cinema, The Human Comedy brings the viewer much closer to the characters. A portrait of a postmodern Taiwan at century's beginning, this film weaves together four different story lines loosely based on anecdotes from The Book of 24 Filial Pieties, a classic compilation of Confucian moral fables. Through the comic shifts and contrasting visual styles of the four stories, presented in seven interrelated episodes, viewers are afforded glimpses into the disintegrating social bonds of a traditional society in transition.

Jump! Boys

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Jump! Boys
Fangunba! Nanhai

Directed by Lin Yu-Hsien
導演 林育賢

No videogames or McDonald’s after school: no matter how painstaking the training, these young gymnasts never give up. Each comes from a different background with a different temperament, the only common thing between them is -- they never quit. As one puts it, "I must endure the pain! I must persevere no matter how hard it is, no matter how many times I fall or how much it hurts." An often humorous study of the relationship between the coach and his charges, JUMP! BOYS also offers insight into the broader world of sports in Taiwan.

Dust in the Wind

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Dust in the Wind
Lianlian fengchen

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsian
導演 侯孝賢

One of Hou’s earliest commercial and critical successes, DUST IN THE WIND is the story of Wan and Huen, a young couple living in a small mining town in Taiwan. Tired of the demands of school and discontented with the limits of country life, the two quit school and move to Taipei, where they work menial jobs for little money. The monotony of their lives is broken when Wan is drafted into the army -- a fateful turn that alters their lives irrevocably. Filled with grace, beauty, and bittersweet humor, the film is an engaging exploration of love, innocence, and the harsh realities of modern life.