LOS ANGELES, CA – UCLA Film & TV Archive in partnership with the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles proudly announces the complete 2019 line-up for the Taiwan Biennial Film Festival, a unique two-week celebration of groundbreaking films, including post-screening conversations with celebrated filmmakers, and featuring exciting Los Angeles and North American film premieres. The highly anticipated second biennial event will also feature a unique “Focus on Taiwan” forum showcasing special guests exploring timely issues related to Taiwan’s burgeoning film industry and the country as a leader in embracing gender equity and LGBTQ representation both in front and behind the camera.

The unique Film Festival spans October 18 – 28, with screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum and select screenings at The Downtown Independent Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and the James Bridges Theater on UCLA Campus.

The ‘Focus on Taiwan,’ panel is a curated afternoon of timely conversations about issues facing the Taiwan film industry at home and abroad. A free event on Saturday, October 19, this insightful program will showcase topics including gender equality and inclusion of women and the LGBTQ community on screen and behind the camera, and discuss the challenges of marketing Taiwanese productions internationally and more.

Still from “Heavy Craving”

The TAIWAN BIENNIAL FILM Festival 2019 will feature the following films:
*HEAVY CRAVING (2019) – North America premiere
Director/Screenwriter: Hsieh Pei-ju.
*THREE MAKES A WHOLE (2019) – North America premiere
Director/screenwriter: Zero Chou.
Director: Liu Li-Li.
LAST YEAR WHEN THE TRAIN PASSED BY (2018) – Los Angeles premiere
Director: Huang Pang-chuan.
Director: Adion Lu.
Director: Yue Fu.
THE BOLD, THE CORRUPT AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2017) – Los Angeles premiere
Director/screenwriter: Yang Ya-che.

*MISSING JOHNNY – Los Angeles premiere
Director/screenwriter: Huang Xi.
FATHER TO SON (2018) – Los Angeles premiere
Director/screenwriter: Hsiao Ya-chuan.
TEN YEARS IN TAIWAN (2018) – Los Angeles premiere.
Director: Hsieh Pei-Ju, Kek Huat Lau, Lekal Sumi Cilangasan, Lu Po-Shun, Rina B. Tsou.
THE GLAMOROUS BOYS OF TANG – Los Angeles premiere
Director: Su Hui-Yu.
RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (1979) – Los Angeles restoration premiere
Director/screenwriter: King Hu. Cast: Hsu Feng, Sun Yueh, Shih Chun.
Richard Chen: Early Works – THE ARCHER (1963); THROUGH THE YEARS (1964); THE MOUNTAIN (1967); LIU PI-CHIA (1967). Director: Richard Chen

* Indicates the Director of this film will be in attendance and participate in a Q&A Session

For more information, tickets and a full timeline, please visit the homepage of the festival.

Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.