October 22–24, 2010
Viz Cinema at New People
This exciting three-day showcase highlights the best of contemporary Taiwanese cinema and provides Bay Area audiences with unique opportunities to view bold new Taiwanese films and engage with visionary filmmakers.
From Taiwanese opening weekend box office champ Monga to Let’s Fall in Love, a documentary that examines the foibles of contemporary matchmaking, to a return engagement of the experimental black-and-white David-versus-Goliath drama No Puedo Vivir sin Ti, Taiwan Film Days 2010 showcases the breadth of style and subject of this vibrant filmmaking industry, while providing a snapshot of modern Taiwanese society and culture.
Friday, October 22, 8:30 pm
Taiwan Film Days Opening Night
Celebrate Opening Night at the New People center, home to Viz Cinema and Taiwan Film Days, 1746 Post Street. A limited number of tickets are available for an exclusive reception directly after the first screening of Monga, with sponsored drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Friday, October 22, 6:15 & 9:40 pm
Niu Doze (Báng ka, 2010)
Niu Doze’s uncompromising gangster epic fictionalizes the real-life ascension of organized crime in Taipei’s rough-and-tumble Wanhua district during the 1980s
Saturday, October 23, 1:30 pm; Sunday, October 24, 4:10 pm
Let's Fall in Love
Wuna Wu (2009)
Welcome to the tragicomic world of matchmaking in modern Taipei, where one documentarian chronicles her frustrating search for Mr. Right.
Saturday, October 23, 4:00 pm; Sunday October 24, 9:10 pm
Seven Days in Heaven
Essay Liu, Wang Yu-lin (Fu hou qi ri, 2009)
In the wake of her father's death, a resolutely urban woman returns to her backward hometown where she confronts the turbulent spectrum of emotions associated with the passing of a loved one.
Saturday, October 23, 6:40 pm
Cheng Fen-fen (Ting shuo, 2009)
Director Cheng Fen-fen has crafted a winning tale of budding romance among the hearing impaired that became Taiwan’s most popular movie of 2009.
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 pm; Sunday, October 24, 6:40 pm
Chen Wen-tang (Yan lei, 2009)
A powerful drama about a policeman with a troubled past, Tears represents Director Cheng Wen-tang’s complex and passionate commitment to unearthing Taiwan’s repressive history.
Sunday, October 24, 2:00 pm
No Puedo Vivir sin Ti
Leon Dai (Bu neng mei you ni, 2009)
A widower struggles to reclaim his only daughter in this sharp, emotional feature which casts a magnifying glass on the gray areas of Taiwanese society.
More information available at http://www.sffs.org/Screenings-and-Events/Fall-Season/Taiwan-Film-Days.aspx
Added by cinesoul on September 20, 2010