21-22 June, Friday and Saturday, 2013 Taiwanese Film Festival, NC Ireland (Dublin) and NUI Maynooth
The inaugural Taiwanese Film Festival runs for two days, Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22, and includes airing of documentary films, The Other Side (2012) (pictured) on Friday, and Formosa Homicide Chronicle I (2000) and Formosa Homicide Chronicle III (2009) on Saturday. On both days, these films are followed by discussions with internationally known film director Tsung-lung Tsai. Cape 7, a feature film directed by Te-Sheng Wei is shown on both days. All films have English subtitles.
Although the film festival is free, spaces are limited, so please click this link to register.
The Taiwanese Film Festival is organised by Weihsuan Lin, a PhD candidate and Space&Place Member, Dept. of Geograpny, NUI Maynooth. A special thanks to NCI and NUIM for their generous use of theatre rooms to show films and to the official Film Festival Sponsor, the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese.
Small donations following films and at receptions are welcome! This inaugural Taiwanese Film Festival is organised by several passionate Taiwanese with their own financial means. We are still looking for sponsorship and volunteers. If you are interested in contributing to the first Taiwan Film Festival in Ireland, please write to: email@example.com.
Director: Tsung-lung Tsai 蔡崇隆: His major works include ‘Formosa Homicide Chronicle I – The Case of Su Chien-ho’ which won Best Documentary at the 2001 Golden Harvest Awards, ‘Licensed Prostitutes Apocalypse’ which was recommended by the Judges at the Asian Television Awards in 2002, ‘Behind the Miracle’ which won Excellent Journalism Award and ‘My Imported Wife’ was invited to the International Public Television Screening Conferences and was archived in the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. The issues of human rights, culture diversities, and environment have long been his concerns. Tsai’s films are composed of rational analysis with a humane approach to the subjects.
Friday, 21 June; Venue: National College of Ireland, Theatre 1, Dublin
6.00-6.30pm: Opening Reception
6.30-7.45pm: Film screening, The Other Side (2012, 70 min., documentary, Director: Tsung-lung Tsai)
7.45-8.30pm: Discussion with Director Tsai
8.40-11pm: Film screening, Cape No. 7 (2008, 129 min., feature film, Director: Te-Sheng Wei)
Saturday, 22 June, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. John Hume Theatre 3
1.30-2pm: Opening Reception
2-4pm: Double Bill: Formosa Homicide Chronicle I: The Case of Su Chien-ho (2000, 60 min. documentary) and Formosa Homicide Chronicle III: The Sweet Taste of Freedom (2009, 57 min., documentary). Both directed by: Tsung-lung Tsai.
4-4.15pm: Coffee break
4.15-5pm: Discussion with Director Tsai
5.15-7.30pm: Film screening, Cape No. 7 (2008, 129 min., feature film, Director: Te-Sheng Wei)
The Other Side 對岸異鄉人 (2012, 70 min., documentary)
Director: Tsung-lung Tsai
Ke, a Taiwanese citizen working in China, experienced ten years of hustling, dissatisfaction and uncertainty. He hesitated to go back to Taiwan due to his lack of financial resources and confidence. Li-li, a Chinese woman, immigrated to Taiwan by marrying a Taiwanese farmer. She wanted to open up her own business to help her ageing parents, but her loneliness made her long for China. The realities and dreams of these individuals, like the distance between Taiwan and China, seem so close, yet so far.
Formosa Homicide Chronicle I – The Case of Su Chien-ho 島國殺人紀事一： 蘇建和案 (2000, documentary, 60 min.) Winner: Best Documentary Film, 2001 Golden Harvest Awards
Formosa Homicide Chronicle III - The Sweet Taste of Freedom 島國殺人紀事三：自由的滋味 (2009, documentary, 57 min.)
Director: Tsung-lung Tsai
The two films focus on a criminal case in which three young men were accused of robbery, murder and rape in 1990. In 2003, the Taiwanese High Court acquitted the trio. Later they were sentenced to death in 2007. In 2010, the High Court again found them to be not guilty.
For eighteen years, the three men and the son of the victim tried to unearth the truth and find justice. But the truth of 'what happened' remained elusive due to the passage of time and Taiwan’s flawed judicial system. These four young souls were held captive by their distinctive attempts to find justice, spending much of their lives yearning for a freedom that no one else could truly appreciate.
Cape No. 7 海角七號 (2008, 129 min., feature film, Director: Te-Sheng Wei)
Aga, a band singer, returned frustrated to Hengchun. Tomoko, a Japanese model, was assigned to organise a local warm-up band for the Japanese superstar's beach concert. Together with five other ordinary Hengchun residents who never expected to be anybody in life, they formed an incredible band.