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First indigenous-language Taiwanese film welcomed in Germany

2010/11/21 23:17:45

Berlin, Nov. 20 (CNA) The first Taiwanese film whose lines wereall written in an indigenous language was well received by theaudience at one of Germany's important film festivals on Saturday.

Everlasting Moments, directed by actor Chen Wen-pin, generatedheated discussions as it was screened at the InternationalDiscoveries program of the International Film FestivalMannheim-Heidelberg this month.

The first Taiwanese film made completely in the Atayal language,Everlasting Moments talked about the relationship between man andnature. It was Taiwan's only nomination at this year's event.

To his surprise, Chen said discussions following the movie'sthree screenings lasted as long as the 72-minute film itself.

The German audience were interested in Taiwanese aborigines'situation and global warming as they were struck with awe at thespetacular scenery of Taiwan's Shei-Pa National Park.

A film belongs to the audience once it has been completed, Chensaid, adding he has learned a lot from the European audience whointerpreted his movie from different perspectives.

The festival's award ceremony is scheduled in Maine onNovember. 21.

(By Lin Yup-lib and cendra Lin)
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