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Taiwanese VR film to be featured at Tribeca Film Festival

2019/03/07 17:26:27

New York, March 6 (CNA) A Taiwanese virtual reality film will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in New York later this year in its international premiere, the festival announced Wednesday.

"Mr. Buddha," directed by Taiwanese Lee Chung (李中), will be part of the TFF's lineup April 24 to May 5 of some 30 films that feature VR, augmented reality and mixed reality, according to the festival's website.

"Mr. Buddha" is a 360-degree short crime film set in a car, in which four criminals discuss how to split the proceeds from the sale of a valuable stolen antique.

"I try to use VR to explore new possibilities of dramatic narrative and apply it to the cinematic genre of crime and thriller," Lee said at press conference last September to promote his film, which premiered in Taiwan last November at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.

In 2018, another Taiwanese VR presentation, "Chalkroom" by Taiwanese artist Huang Hsin-Chien (黃心健) and American composer Laurie Anderson, was exhibited at the TFF Tribeca Immersive.

The TFF was founded in 2002 by American actor Robert De Niro and film producer Jane Rosenthal to help the Tribeca neighborhood in New York recover from the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the nearby World Trade Center.

(By Ozzy Yin and Chi Jo-yao)