Taiwan Film Festival UK 2020 Part 2

Pre-Festival Dance Party

Iceland Live Taiwan Dance UK Watch

15h59-18h00 Iceland
23h59-02h00 Taiwan

Parallel dreamlands, people dance until the end of these dreams. The islanders are the first crowd to be awakened, live music performed by Hermigervill in Reykjavik will livestream to Taipei. Performers in Taiwan are dream-dancing in an awe controlled by Icelandic audience. Welcome to join the party via 4 different channels/characters’ point of views, to dance and in sync no more.

Taiwan Film Festival at Rio Cinema & Rio Online Player

online for a week from 13h00 28th November at RioPlayer, UK
with pre-recorded intro and Q&A with Panay Mulu

UK Premiere│ YANG Chun-Kai │2017│Taiwan│71 min

Panay Mulu, who can possess spirits, has a felt that the spirits guided her to face her own “Path of Destiny.”

Taiwanese indigenous shaman,  Panay, returns to her indigenous roots from Christianity. The Sikawasay, from the Amis tribe, is known as the people who possess spirits. Panay has been with them for 20 years, recording rituals that may soon disappear and capturing the tribe’s unique way of life.

online for a week from 13h00 28th November at RioPlayer, UK
With pre-recorded intro from Dir Liao Jian-Hua & Prod. Jewel Lai
Pre-screening Katthveli Book Club vol.1 The Price of Democracy

UK / Europe Premiere │LIAO Jian-Hua │2019│Taiwan│91 min

Democratic Transformation, Social-political Movement, Civil Resistance

The director LIAO, a confused twenty-something, looks back upon the 40-year-history of democratization in Taiwan through the life experiences of two old-timers, who are grass-root rebels. He attempts to discover what causes their actions and decisions to be political activists, and what are their limitations and sacrifice. The director gradually realizes that the real battlefield for everyone  is life itself.

15h30 Screen 1 at Rio Cinema, London

Ocean (+ pre-recorded intro)

UK Premiere │KE Chin-Yuan │2016│Taiwan│59 min
Pre-Recorded intro from Ke Chin-Yuan

Ocean is an important observation and record of nearly 20 years of changes in the marine environment. This film continued to focus on actual situations of the marine environment and re-thinking people’s interaction with the ocean, and alerting the viewers to the ocean crisis.

About the Director— Ke Chin-Yuan
A selfless, forward-looking documentarian’s long and silent protest for Taiwan’s environment.

Isle of Chair 椅島

Ivyy Chen │2020│UK│6 min

On a secluded Island, a chair has fallen down.

KimHi (Goldfish) 金魚

Fish Wang │2018│Taiwan│17 min

A boy with a special talent discovers that he may never grow up. Those with power are devouring dreams so everyone else is destined to serve. Can he break the rules and free the people or will they still blindly follow?

Spoken words recited oceans from islanders around the world including the UK.

Music and a reading

A reading by Nissa Nishikawa & music with Kenichi Iwasa and Maxwell Sterling

Nissa Nishikawa interprets traditional forms of dance, ritual and craft in ways that illuminate animistic and alchemical philosophies.

Maxwell Sterling is a UK based composer, performer and sound designer. Born in Manchester and spending his formative years in Morecambe Bay, Maxwell has always been influenced by geography in his work.

Kenichi Iwasa is a musician and multidisciplinary artist from Japan with improvisation and collaboration paramount in his approach.

15h30 at Screen 1 at Rio Cinema, London
with pre-recorded intro from Dir. Ke Chin-yuan
Post screening talk with environmental activists in the UK

UK Premiere │KE Chin-yuan │2018│Taiwan│109 min

This film re-examines major environmental movements and events in Taiwan from the 1980s to 2018, against the expansion of the petrochemical industry, anti-nuclear and anti-air pollution protests. It is a compilation of over 30 years of documentary footage and interviews of those who took part in the protests.

TIDF Outstanding Contribution Award

onilne for a week from 13h00, 6 December
Pre-screening Katthveli Book Club vol.2 The Man with the Compound Eyes

UK Premiere│Dir. MAI Chueh-Ming, Prod. RUN Kui-Chiung│2019│Taiwan│120 min

Decades of over development in the mountains, illegal hunting and frequent human activities, which caused the Taiwan Black Bear’s nearly extinction. More than 11 years, Professor Hwang Mei-Shui who is the only researcher ever studied the Taiwan Bear. They documented the capture and release operations on the wild Taiwan Bears together, trying to release the messages on behalf of the mountains.

15h30 Screen 1 at Rio Cinema, London
with pre-recorded intro from director Adiong LU
Post screening Q&A with Lama Ngawang Jungney

UK Premiere│Dir. Adiong LU│2018│Taiwan│76 min

A small village, Xiongtuo, situated in the Tibetan remote region. By word of mouth, there is a “boiling-water Lama” residing in the village. The Lama lives in a mountainous area around 5,000 meters high. Every day, countless people from the major Tibetan regions travel across the mountains to visit him in order to seek the answer for their own lives.

Katthveli Book Club

Causeway Bay Books’ Lam Wing-Kee selects. Recorded Q&A

in English: 19h-20h (GMT), Online
in Mandarin: 17h-18h (GMT), Online

A rare interview with abducted Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-Kee on his selection of books. Stories on Causeway Bay Books reopened in Taiwan this year.

This event aims to support freedom of speech and independent press.

11h-12h (GMT), Online

Through reading Wu Ming-Ti’s novel, we find the traces of this imagined island of Wayo Wayo, across the sea, in the aftermath of the catastrophe echoing the reality of the environment. After the film, Ocean, by KE Chin-Yuan. This edition of book club is to explore what connects humanity and the Earth through films and literature.

Tsai Kun-Lin’s selection of books and his stories. Recorded Q&A

11h-12h (GMT), Online

Tsai Kun-lin (蔡焜霖), a political prisoner during the White Terror era, who was arrested because he joined a book club in the high school. Tsai, 90, was imprisoned on Green Island from 1950 to 1960. After leaving prison, Tsai established Prince Publishing Co. In 1966, he began publishing the semi-monthly magazine Prince. 60 years later, in 2020, Jenyu Peng ( Associate research fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan) is in conversation with Tsai to go through the books he selects for this book club, why freedom of speech matters?

Festival Wrap Party (Online)

When we prepare to say goodbye to 2020, notes in the air, the secret guest of the festival will drive us to the future.
Sit tight xxx

Taiwan Film Festival UK & Nordic is back this November in cinemas and online at Rio Cinema in London. Let us draw a map to reconnect with you. Our next chapter, ‘Wounded yet healed’ is a curation of films, music & book clubs inviting you to witness the wounds of diverse culture, history, environment & politics – and to reimagine new ways of healing.

Looking forward to welcoming you back safely during these tough times and supporting our local cinemas.

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Taiwan Film Festival UK 2020 Part 2