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Taiwanese film popular at Edinburgh film festival

2012/06/27 19:07:28

Taipei, June 27 (CNA) A Taiwanese fantasy film was well-receivedwhen it was screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival Monday.

Young Dudes, a film directed by DJ Chen, tells the story of two best friends -- a rock musician and a carpenter -- who launch a virtual Noah's Ark with a young Russian woman after hearing the end of the world is imminent.

"It's not just a film, but also a gift given by Taiwan to the world," Chen said at a festival forum after Monday's screening, the film's second showing at the festival after its debut on Saturday.

Steven Chu, director-general of Taiwan's representative office in Edinburgh, praised the film as an effective way to promote exchanges between the two countries and help Britons get a better understanding of Taiwan's entertainment industry.

Edinburgh city councilor Deidre Brock, Scottish Parliament member Margaret Mitchell, and Edinburgh International Film Festival acting CEO Ken Hay, showed their recognition of Chen and her film at a welcome party held by the office after the forum.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival was established alongside the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947 as one of the world's first international film festivals.

This year's festival, being held from June 20 to July 1, is screening over 100 films from around the world.

(By Maia Huang)