Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brisbane presents

Showing From: Wednesday 13 Sep 2017


13th & 14th October

The 2017 Taiwan Film Festival features eight selected documentaries and drama films along with a variety of activities, such as a forum, and after-screen conversations. The film festival will bring together researchers from different fields and with research interests to dialogue from the historical perspective.
'Documenting history, approaching Asia Taiwan style' is also being held as part of the festival. This forum will explore the process of creating documentaries about Taiwan and capturing Taiwanese voices and other related subjects.
The Taiwanese Film Festival is brought to Brisbane by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brisbane

PROGRAM 13th October

9:30am        Opening

10am        Film: KANO (MA) 185 min
Audience Awards of the Golden Horse Film Festival in 2014.
Audience Award of Osaka Asian Film Festival 2014
A Taiwanese high school baseball team travels to Japan in 1931 to compete in a national tournament.

Host: Dr. Mei-fen
Prof. John Fitzgerald, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Dr. Patrick Jory, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland
A/P Morris Low, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland
Prof. Chwei Liang CHIOU, School of Political Science, The University of Queensland
4:30pm        Film: 跳舞時代 Viva Tonal 104 min
This is a film about Taiwan's "Dance Age" during 1920-1945, a paradoxical time when the island's occupation by Japan also helped produce a youth culture and a measure of artistic freedom.

7pm         Film: 沈沒之島 Taivalu 78 min
Tuvalu, this defenceless nation of 26 square kilometres, will be the first island nation to be submerged by the oceans once the sea level rises due to global warming. The director Huang Hsin-yao left his hometown after the 88 flooding disaster in Taiwan in search of this disappearing island called Tuvalu. While aboard this swaying ship in the Pacific, various fantastic spectacles of Taiwan emerge in the mind of the director… Once out at sea barbecuing, he found under the sea…

PROGRAM 14th October

9.30am        Film: 我和我的T媽媽 The Priestess Walks Alone 54 min
"The Priestess Walks Alone" is about Anu, a Taiwanese woman. Anu is a mother, a grandmother, a lesbian and a friend to many. But to her daughter Hui-chen Huang, who filmed the story, Anu is mostly an enigma and a stranger. Anu's life is intrinsically tied to Hui-chen, but Hui-chen spent a good part of her life hating Anu for not providing her with a normal childhood. Now, Hui-chen needs to forgive her mom, and find out who Anu is.

10.40am    Film: 河北台北 Hebei Taipei 92min
Hebei Taipei tells the story of Li, a former soldier whose family broke apart during wartime. The war brought him from Hebei Province in China to Taipei, Taiwan, a place where he spent six decades to fit in.

After film conversation with Dr Chris Yuan

1.30pm        Film: 不即不離 Absent Without Leave  84 min
The film traces the personal anecdote which becomes an act of mining collective history in Lau Kek-Huat’s debut feature documentary in which he attempts to reconnect with his absent father. Due to its unveiling of Malaya Communists, the film is banned by Malaysian Government.

3.10pm        Film: 挖玉石的人 Jade Miners 104 min
At the end of 2012, when the Burmese army waged a war against Kachin Independence Army (KIA), many corporations working with the government were forced to stop their operations. Workers from all over the country flocked to the mines in Kachin State to dig illegally for jade. They risk their lives in order to find a piece of valuable jade that would transform their lives.

After film conversation with Dr Patrick Jory

6pm        Film: 最好的時光 Three Times 120 min
Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year in the 2005 Taipei Golden Horse Award
Shortlisted for the 2005 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
Three Times features three chronologically separate stories of love between May and Chen, set in 1911, 1966 and 2005.