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79 films to be screened at Women Make Waves Film Festival

2017/09/14 17:09:27

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Seventy-nine films will be screened at the 24th Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taipei in October to celebrate the works of female filmmakers from around the world.

The 79 films, documentaries and animations will be shown at the Spot Huashan cinema at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park from Oct. 13-22.

The festival will open with "Chavela," a documentary about the iconoclastic life of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, and close with "The Gulls," a Russian drama about an unhappy wife who wants to leave her fisherman husband but is afraid of the unknown.

Since long-term care has become a much-discussed topic in Taiwan in recent years, festival organizers said they have introduced a new section this year called "The Entangled Dance," which screens films about caregivers, care-receivers, their struggles and the intertwined relationships between them.

Pecha Lo (羅珮嘉), director of the festival, said the section explores caregiving and companionship from various perspectives.

For example, "Summer 1993" is about a 6-year-old girl who has to cope with her emotions following her parents' deaths from AIDS, while adjusting to her adoptive family, she said.

Another film, "The Grown-Ups," explores the lives and challenges of Down syndrome adults, while the documentary "Almost Heaven" takes a look at the lives of morticians in a Chinese funeral home, she said.

"The film explores in detail why even a dead body needs to be cared for," Lo told CNA.

Having organized the festival for many years, Lo said she used to select films based on whether they express strong opinions on gender issues, but nowadays, she enjoys selecting films that deal with serious topics in a humorous way.

For example, a light-hearted erotic queer vampire film called "Enactone" will be screened in the section titled "Xposed: Eroticism as Subversion," she said.

"Being a woman is no longer about who we are as opposed to men and what we can get from men. That is no longer the focus of our discussions. Our focus now is what we want as women," Lo said.

The festival will also include a Taiwan Competition section that showcases 17 films by female Taiwanese directors, including director Huang Hui-chen's (黃惠偵) award-winning documentary "Small Talk," which consists of difficult conversations between Huang and her lesbian mother.

Winners of the Taiwan Competition's Grand Prize and other prizes will be announced at the Oct. 22 closing ceremony.

The Taiwan Competition was launched in 2014 to introduce work by female Taiwanese directors to the world, according to Fan Ching (范情), chairwoman of the Taiwan Women's Film Association, which organizes the festival.

Forums will also be held as part of the festival, addressing topics such as long-term care, land justice for indigenous people, and current trends in the film and TV industry.

(By Christie Chen and Xie Yi-ting)
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