Taipei Film Festival ticket sales to begin Monday

09/12/2021 04:57 PM
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Angelica Lee (left) and Kai Ko in "Grit." Courtesy of Taipei Film Festival
Angelica Lee (left) and Kai Ko in "Grit." Courtesy of Taipei Film Festival

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Sales of tickets to the Taipei Film Festival, which was postponed from June to late September due to COVID-19, will begin at noon Monday, according to the organizers.

Despite the rescheduling, the festival plans to showcase local films and trends in the industry over the past two years, with several movies set to have their premiere in Taiwan during the festival, said Li Ya-mei (李亞梅), director of the annual event, in a statement Sunday.

The Taiwanese movies set to make their debut include the opening film "Till We Meet Again" (月老) by writer-director Giddens Ko (九把刀) on Sept. 23 and the closing film "Treat or Trick" (詭扯) by first-time film director Hsu Fu-hsiang (許富翔) on Oct. 7, according to Li.

On Sunday, the festival unveiled another film that will have its world premiere -- "Grit" (鱷魚) -- directed by Chen Ta-pu (陳大璞).

Chen's film tells the story about "a youngster trying to reintegrate back into society," and features actor Kai Ko (柯震東) and two Golden Horse Award winners -- Angelica Lee (李心潔) and Lee Kang-sheng (李康生), the organizers said.

The festival will also host the world premiere of director Tsai Ming-liang's (蔡明亮) "The Moon and the Tree" (月亮樹), a 34-minute short focusing on the respective lives of veteran singer Lee Pei-jing (李珮菁) and actor Chang Feng (常楓), the organizers said.

The foreign filmmakers in focus this year are Karim Aïnouz of Brazil and Radu Jude of Romania, according to the festival.

Among the several movies by the two filmmakers that will be shown are Jude's "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn," which won the Golden Bear award at Berlinale 2021, and Aïnouz's 2020 work "Nardjes A."

Highlights of Radu Jude's films to be shown during the festival
Highlights of Karim Aïnouz's films to be shown during the festival

The organizers will also highlight 12 films competing in its International New Talent Competition for the Grand Prize of NT$600,000 (US$21,659), including "Days Before the Millennium" (徘徊年代) by Taiwanese filmmaker Chang Teng-yuan (張騰元) and "Celts" by Serbian Milica Tomović.

The winner of the competition will be announced Sept. 28.

Preview of the 12 films in the International New Talent Competition

On Oct. 9, the festival will conclude with an awards ceremony, during which acting and technical awards will be handed out, while 20 Taiwanese movies, including feature films, documentaries, shorts and animated films will compete for the top prize of NT$1 million.

Tickets for the movies to be shown during the festival will be sold through the OpenTix ticketing service, and the organizers said changes to the program are possible if there are changes with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

(By Wang Hsin-yu and Kay Liu)

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