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'Small Talk' submitted for Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film award

2017/10/06 15:42:32

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) The documentary "Small Talk" (日常對話), directed by Taiwanese Huang Hui-chen (黃惠偵), has been entered by Taiwan to compete for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language film category next year.

"Small Talk," Huang's first documentary feature, follows her relationship from childhood with her lesbian mother, a Taoist spiritual medium who gets married because of tradition and becomes a victim of domestic violence.

"My mother and I live in the same place. But we're like strangers," the director says in a synopsis of the documentary on the website of the Taipei Film Festival. "Our only exchange is the food she makes for me. I know beneath the silence lies a secret that weighs heavily on her; knowing that between her tight lips is a shame so overbearing that it suffocates her. One day, I summon up the courage to sit her down and make her talk. But am I ready to hear what she has to say?"

The submission by Taiwan this year is its first documentary entry to the Academy Awards, which will be held next March.

Since the film's premier on Oct. 5 last year at the 53rd Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, it has grossed more than NT$4 million (US$131,796) at the local box office, becoming the top box office documentary in Taiwan this year.

It has been screened at 50 film festivals around the world, winning several awards, including Best Documentary at the 2017 Taipei Film Festival.

In February, it premiered internationally at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, winning the prestigious Teddy Award for Best Documentary in the Panorama section.

(By Flor Wang)