24 November, 2009

Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan

The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival opened on Nov 4 with the screening of The Warrior and the Wolf, a film by Chinese director Tian Zhuang Zhuang.

The festival is the largest showcase of international movies in Taiwan, it is non competitive for foreign film and ends with a spectacular gala and awards ceremony for Asian movies on November 28.

The audience is generally young, and films are sold out very quickly making this a great event for filmmakers to attend.

A large number of European films are screened during the 2 weeks event, European guests to the festival include:

Actress Isabelle Huppert and director Benoit Jacquot with Villa Amalia, to be released on December 4; Isabelle Huppert will also give a "master class" on November 24. A restrospective of 8 of her movies is being shown during the festival.

Director Gilles Bourdos with Afterwards to be released December 4, is also in town to participate in a tribute to Taiwanese director of photography Mark Lee Ping Bing as are Tran Anh Hung and Ms. Tran Nu YenKhe with At the height of summer. Director Lorenzo Recio The headless sailor and Lisa is also in Taipei.

Actor Vincent Perez and director Denis Dercourt Tomorrow at dawn to be released December 11;

from Germany : Actress Jana Pallaske Phantom Pain, Directors Thomas Heise My brother we'll meet again and Marco Wilms Comrade Couture.

The French Taiwanese co-production Visages from Tsai Ming Liang is in competition and has been nominated for 5 awards.

Cannes Golden Palm winner The white ribbon by Michael Haneke, a French German and Austrian coproduction will be screened at the closing night ceremony and released on November 27.

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