The inaugural edition of the Chinese-Language Film Festival Ireland is honoured to welcome Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien and his longtime collaborator, screenwriter Chu T’ien-wen to our four day festival, Made in Taiwan.
Since directing his début feature Cute Girl in 1980, Hou has enjoyed a prolific career winning awards at Venice, Berlin, and Cannes where he was awarded Best Director with The Assassin (2015).
Hou’s films offer an intimate and uncompromising radiograph of Taiwan’s history of change. Long shots and largely static camera positions make his films instantly recognizable.
The festival features rare screenings of four films spanning Hou’s career: A Time to Live, A Time to Die (1985), The Boys from Fengkuei (1983), A City of Sadness (1989) and The Assassin (2015), a masterclass with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Chu T’ien-wen as well as post-screening Q&As, the Irish premieres of Hui-chen Huang’s documentary Small Talk and Midi Z ‘s The Road to Mandalay, a special screening of A Touch of Zen (1971) and a programme of six animation short films.
ANIMATION SHORT FILM PROGRAMME: A selection of six animation short films has been curated by Dr. Chi-Sui Wang, Executive Curator, KuanDu International Animation Festival (KDIAF). Presented in association with KDIAF and the Animation Department, Taipei National University of the Arts, one will be screened before each of the feature programmes from Friday to Sunday.
The Festival organising committee would like to thank the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Taiwan Film Institute, Irish Film Institute, Screen Training Ireland, and Professor Chris Berry for their invaluable contribution to this event.
Chinese Language Film Festival Ireland
Festival Organising Committee
(Yvonne Kennedy, Maria O’Brien, Marie-Pierre Richard)
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council