During the 70th Berlinale, TAICCA hosted Taiwan Cinema Night on Feb. 23 at Potsdamer Platz, featuring famed director Ming Liang TSAI, who once again is competing for Berlinale’s Best Film. With him were the two leading actors in his new film “Days (Rizi),” Kang Sheng LEE, the director’s long-time favorite, and Anong Houngheuangsy, a young Laotian actor discovered by TSAI. Jhy Wey SHIEH, Taiwan’s ambassador in Germany, and Ms. Ching Fang HU, TAICCA’s president, toasted with more than 400 guests at the venue amongst whom were eminent filmmakers, production companies, publishers across the world, and representatives from major film organizations too joined the event.
Crew members of “Days”(Rizi) and TAICCA’s president
Starting from the left: Jhong Yuan CHANG, cinematographe; Yun Lin WANG, producer; Kang Sheng LEE, actor; Ching Fang HU, president of TAICCA; Ming Liang TSAI, director; Anong Houngheuangsy, actor.
TAICCA debuted in the international film market at the Berlinale, curated the Taiwan Pavilion, and redesigned the Taiwan Cinema Night from a new angle. “Starting from now, you will find us, TAICCA, every year at every festival,” said president HU during the opening remarks at the party. She pointed out that the venue of Taiwan Cinema Night, “The Tunnel,” is a lounge bar refurnished from an underground platform at the famous Potsdamer Platz, showing TAICCA’s endeavor to add a dash of authenticity to international networking. In this case, the party balanced avant-garde style with raw industrial style, which is “charming and Berlin,” quoting from one of the guests.
Director Ming Liang TSAI, whose latest work “Days” is shortlisted for Berlinale’s Best Film, and the two leading actors of the film, Kang Sheng LEE, and Anong Houngheuangsy, were welcomed with waves of cheering at the party. According to TSAI, he is “more than happy to be back in Berlin and hopes for the best result.” The online tickets for “Days” are close to sold-out, hinting not only to film’s popularity but also its probability to win the Golden Bear Award.
Other than the Berlinale-tailored Taiwan Cinema Night, TAICCA has a few different ways to promote films from Taiwan. On the day of Ming Liang TSAI’s lecture, Feb. 23, Variety magazine will feature his works as the cover story, inviting people to the world of Taiwanese films. Moreover, TAICCA will organize IP SHOWCASE, a matchmaking event for filmmakers from Taiwan and global talents On Feb. 24.
The venue is packed with guests and opportunities.
The guestlist of Taiwan Cinema Night was indeed distinguished, including Carlo Chatrian, the Artistic Director of Berlinale; Kim Dong-ho, founder of the Busan International Film; Juergen Boos, President of Frankfurt Book Fair; Benjamin Illos, film selector for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes; film selectors from International Film Festival Rotterdam, crews of the Hong Kong film "Suk-Suk," and ARTE France. Crews of three films selected by TAICCA Original Award seized the chance to introduce their projects to the attendees: director Yi LIU and producer Ting Ruei SU from "Chi: The Method of Breathing"; director Chen Nien KO and producer Ui Lin WANG from "Silent Etude"; director Elvis LU and producer Stefano Centini from "A Holy Family." Three brilliant youth from Taiwan made it to the Berlinale Talents this year, and they, too, joined Taiwan Cinema Night, including one publishing representative and film critic, Wen HSU, and two directors, Ya Chih CHENG and Yin Yu HUANG.
Ching Fang HU, president of TAICCA, and Carlo Chatrian, the Artistic Director of Berlinale
Ching Fang HU, president of TAICCA, and Jhy Wey SHIEH, Taiwan’s ambassador in Germany