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Taiwanese documentary among Cannes' Cinefondation Selection

2017/04/12 23:37:27

A scene from 'Towards the Sun.' Photo courtesy of Wang Yi-ling.

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) "Toward the Sun" (迎向邊疆公路), a 28-minute documentary by a Taiwanese college student, has been one of the 16 films selected by the Cinefondation, a foundation under the aegis of the Film Festival, on Wednesday.

The 16 films (14 works of fiction and 2 animations) are selected from among 2,600 works submitted by film schools from all over the world this year, according to the Cinefondation, created to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers.

The Cinefondation will award the best three of the 16 on May 26.

Wang Yi-ling (王逸鈴), the director, screenplay and editor of the film and a senior majoring in motion picture at National Taiwan University of Arts, said though she was happy to learn of the news, her "brain goes blank."

The film depicts a man, whose house had been foreclosed by the government, and a woman, with an air ticket and a lightweight luggage, moving northbound on a truck in Taiwan.

Wang told CNA that the film is partly based on her own experience and was shot on the road from Luye Township, Taitung County, through Hualien City, Yilan County's Su'ao Township, to Taipei.

Wang said she hadn't watched a movie until high school -- in Keelung City, since she lived in the remote Shuangxi Township in Taipei County (now New Taipei).

She said "I burst into tears after being so deeply touched by the tension of pictures" when reading a photography album of Pulitzer Prize-winning works.

Wang, who works at Fuzong 15-New Taipei City Documentary Cinema and will graduate this coming summer, said she "will choose movie - her best love - after graduation."

The film is scheduled to be screened in Fuzong 15 on April 19.

The documentary won a special jury award in the 2016 Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng, Sunrise Huang and Kuo Chung-han)