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Taiwanese FF: Wansei Back Home

(2015, 111 mins, DCP)
In Japanese, Hoklo and Mandarin with English subtitles

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Jun 11 12:40 pm

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A tale of home spanning decades in war and peace, Wansei Back Home is the fruit of director Ming-Cheng Huang and producer Mika Tanaka’s twelve-year effort. Filmed over five years, the documentary tells the story of “wansei”, or Japanese who were born in Taiwan during the colonial period. After WWII, they were forcibly deported back to Japan, despite having spent almost two decades of their life in Taiwan. Now, advanced in age and with children and grandchildren of their own, the wansei are returning to Taiwan once more. Intimate and moving, the documentary explores the power of memory, nostalgia, and the lasting place of home in our hearts.

Taiwanese FF: The Laundryman

(2015, 112 mins, DCP)
In Taiwanese, Mandarin
Director:
CAST Joseph Chang, Sui Tang, Wan Qian, Yeo Yann Yann

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Jun 11 07:15 pm

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In this kinetic horror/kung-fu mash-up, an innocuous-seeming dry cleaners fronts for a hitman-for-hire operation. When a nameless contract killer becomes haunted by his former targets, he enlists a psychic for help, but their quest to make peace with the past puts them at odds with his ruthless employer. Colorful and brimming with unforgettable characters, The Laundryman puts the stylish influences of Wong Kar-Wai on the spin cycle. (Chicago Film Festival)

"Starting off as a horror comedy and concluding with a hard-knuckle free-for-all, Taiwanese filmmaker Lee Chung’s first fictional feature works as a knowing and entertaining genre blender, its relentlessly manic energy propped up by its stars — some of them cast remarkably against type — and throbbing imagery." Clarence Tsui, Hollywood Reporter

"An assassin haunted by the ghosts of his victims is the tantalizing conceit of The Laundryman, the feature debut by up-and-coming director Lee Chung. There is a bit of everything in this black comedy — from a healthy dose of romance and suspense to abundant action. To top it all off, this boisterous genre concoction is made with sleek production values and an A-list cast." Taipei Times

Taiwanese FF: Panay, Children of the Sun

(2015, 99 mins, DCP)
In Mandarin, Taiwanese, Amis with English subtitles
Directors:
CAST Ado Kaliting Pacidal, Dongi Kacaw, Rahic Kulas, Kaco Lekal, Bokeh Kosang

Showtimes

Jun 11 03:00 pm
Jun 12 06:20 pm

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Based on a true story, up and coming directors Yu-Chieh Cheng and Lekal Sumi weave a wonderfully shot story about aboriginal rights. When Panay, a single mother, returns to her home village to attend to her sick father, she discovers a plan to turn their lands into large resorts. Rekindling her love for her home, she works with the villagers to revive the village and save their lands. As the first to leave the village and receive a college education, Panay sees the struggles of marginalized groups in society, and it is through this that she is able to reconcile with her aboriginal roots. Panay: Children of the Sun is a story of reclamation: the reclamation of the rightful land of the Pancah, and Panay’s reclamation of a culture she left behind. Its beautiful scenery will draw you into a world still strongly integrated with nature.

Note: the screening Sunday June 12 will be preceded by the short film, Behind the Scene (11 min).

"Essentially Local Hero in paddy fields… the idyllic surroundings, naturalistic performances and overwhelmingly earnest message ultimately win out." South China Morning Post

Taiwanese FF: Fly, Kite Fly

(2015, 75 mins, DCP)
In Taiwanese
Director:
FEATURING Chen-Chung Shen

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Jun 11 11:00 am

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In 1991, a man makes a promise to create a detailed account of the Black Kites (a specie of eagle) of Taiwan. Produced by the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan, Fly, Kite Fly! follows Chen-Chung Shen, a.k.a Mr. Eagle, on a 20-year journey across Taiwan as he observes its 200 remaining Black Kites. The film chronicles a story of rapid urbanization, conservation, and the dangers of pesticide use, through the plight of the Black Kites, borrowing the voice of famous director and scriptwriter, Wu Nien Zhen. Carefully shot scenes of the Black Kites playfully gliding over Taiwan’s coast will inspire the same desire to protect these precious creatures as it did for Mr. Eagle almost 20 years ago.

Taiwanese FF: Elena

(2015, 138 mins)
In Hoklo, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Kai-Hsun Chuang, Leon Dai, Tammy Chen, Shao-Hua Lung

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Jun 12 08:35 pm

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“A daughter is a father’s lover from a previous life, so your name will be ‘Eileen’.”

(Note: ‘Eileen’ sounds like the pronunciation of ‘lover’ in Taiwanese)

Eileen’s life takes a turn for the better when a motorcycle accident lands her with free violin lessons. She develops a newfound relationship with retired police officer turned taxi driver Liao Chun-Ming as well as Kevin, the man of her dreams. There are the familiar family antics of tea-side conversations and late-night karaoke at the local bar. But there also the dreams of something more, interweaving music and love into the suffocating fabric of daily life. Elena portrays the struggles of the average Taiwanese working class, and the difficulties they face in a rapidly changing country that sees rusty old factories as a thing of the past.

This screening will be preceded by the short film: New Human (4 mins).

"Part romantic comedy, part Taiwanese soap opera, the film, set in the industrial city of Kaohsiung, tells the story of a woman in search of love and happiness, but fixes its gaze on social ills and political injustice in Taiwanese society." Tapei Times

Taiwanese FF: Baby Steps

(2015, 103 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
In Mandarin and English with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Tzi Ma, Nadège August, Michael Adam Hamilton

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Jun 10 09:25 pm
Jun 11 05:05 pm

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Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate, long to have a baby, but the journey becomes more complicated by Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother who wants to control every aspect of the process from Taipei. Baby Steps is a Taiwan-US co-production, produced by Oscar-winning producer Li-Kong Hsu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman) and Stephen Israel (Swimming With Sharks).

#artoffline

(2015, 60 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Julieta Aranda, Clint Burnham, Wade Davis, Mark Lewis, Ian Wallace
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Jun 16 07:00 pm

“Contemporary art is at a standstill, and partially because of technology” Mohammad Salemy

What happens to art in the Internet age? The philosophers, artists and exhibition makers in this documentary believe that endless reproduction liberates art from a turbid art market and an undemocratic exhibition circuit. A couple of pentitos wonder whether the urge for physical objects is really just a nostalgic fetishism.

In 2015, making selfies is part of the experience of visiting a museum. Digital technology has completely transformed the experience of art forever; #artoffline lets viewers decide what they think is good. But aren’t we losing something if the physical artwork disappears?

Followed by the director in conversation with invited guests.

Screening partner: Presentation House

Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films

(420 mins)

Showtimes

Jun 05 04:00 pm

In its 7th consecutive year, the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films (VFOF) inspires audiences to consider their relationship with the ocean through regional and international documentaries that focus on adventure, sport and the global issues that our waters currently face.

Through experiences with our oceans, the VFOF aims to educate, motivate and excite audiences. Tickets and information at http://www.georgiastrait.org/vfof

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