Kaohsiung Film Festival Has Announced the Annual Theme, Opening and Closing Films, and More Than 200 Films for Your Eyes to Feast on
Kaohsiung Film Festival (KFF) recently announced the annual theme and opening/closing films of this year's festival. The opening films are Forêt Debussy, the first feature work of Cheng-Chui KUO, who is a Taiwanese director currently living in France, and DIAS-POLICE, a film directed by Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI, based on a well-known manga series of the same name. The closing films are The Mad King of Taipei, the third feature work of Taiwanese director Nelson YEH, and Norwegian director Joachim TRIER's third feature film Louder Than Bombs.
Forêt Debussy features Lun-Mei GWEI, a winner of the Best Leading Actress of Golden Horse Awards, and Yi-Ching LU, who is often seen in Ming-Liang TSAI's works. This is the second time the two actresses play as a daughter and a mother, following the 2008 award-winning short Family Viewing by Cheng-Chui KUO. In Forêt Debussy, the mother and the daughter escape from the city to mountains for some reasons, and have to face various challenges from the Nature to survive in the wilds.
Stills from 《Forêt Debussy》
DIAS-POLICE features Japanese actor Shota MATSUDA, who in the film has to investigate a serial murder, while fighting against mafia killers. As always, Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI's black sense of humor can be spotted in this film, and the film also completely shows Shota MATSUDA's brilliant personal charm.
Stills from 《DIAS-POLICE》
To further honor Yi-Ching LU and Kazoyoshi KUMAKIRI, KFF has planned special programs for the two: six LU's films by various directors, and five feature films of KUMAKIRI will be screened this year, and both of them will personally attend two filmmaker forums, where LU will share her nearly 20-year experience in acting with film lovers, while KUMAKIRI will have a conversation with well-known Taiwanese writer ShuXia YAN.
The Mad King of Taipei has the Best New Performer of Golden Horse Awards - Yao Yao and yet another winner of Golden Horse Awards' Best Leading Actress, Kuei-Mei YANG, who is also a familiar face in Ming-Liang TSAI's works. In this film, the director, Nelson YEH, tries to re-define "Ximen," an old yet trendy place, via different characters and emotions. Yao Yao is also the official celebrity endorser of this year's Kaohsiung Film Festival.
Stills from 《The Mad King of Taipei》
Louder Than Bombs is Norwegian director Joachim TRIER's third feature film, and is his first English work. In this masterpiece, which is nominated by Cannes Film Festival, French actress Isabelle HUPPERT acts as a war photographer, while Jesse EISENBERG, the leading actor of The Social Network, plays a role as her son.
Except for common programs like "Filmmaker in Focus," "World Cinema," and "Fantasy," KFF decides to extend the tradition of presenting fantasies and subcultures in film festivals by announcing "Fear Monster" as the annual theme, summoning all film lovers in Taiwan to face the essence of fear itself through various thrillers and monster films.
In the program of "Fear Monster," many famed directors' classic masterpieces of thrillers, including two cult film classics by Italian director Dario ARGENTO: Deep Red and Suspiria, The Shining by Stanley KUBRICK, Blue Velvet by David LYNCH, and Safe, which is made in cooperation of Todd HAYNES and Julianne MOORE. Furthermore, KFF also prepares the program of "Monster Carnival" to bring American aliens, zombies as well as Japanese Godzilla together for fans to enjoy.
Stills from 《Deep Red》
Moreover, this year's KFF also pays tribute to the late Poland director Andrzej ZULAWSKI, who passed away in the beginning of this year, by screening five of his feature works and one related documentary. 11 animated short films by American Animation director QUAY brothers, whose works have a great influence on Christopher NOLAN that he personally worked as a curator and made a short documentary for them, and NOLAN's said documentary will also be screened in this year's KFF. Currently living in Hong Kong, Chinese director Liang YING will bring his latest short film A Sunny Day and other works to KFF, and YING will also attend one of KFF forums to talk about how his works have affected his life.
Stills from 《Quay - a film by Christopher Nolan》
A total of over 200 great films from Taiwan and other countries will be presented within 17 days in a row. Kaohsiung Film Festival will be held between October 21 (Friday) to November 6 (Sunday) at Kaohsiung Main Public Library, Kaohsiung Film Archive, in89 Pier-2 Cinema, Kaohsiung Experimental Theatre, SPOT Huashan and on "KFF Cloud Cinema APP." For further information about the film festival, please visit KFF official site.