Titled "A Holy Family (神人之家)," a Taiwanese documentary directed by Lu Ying-liang (盧盈良) has been shortlisted for the Venice Gap-Financing Market, among seven other titles selected worldwide.
The 3-day event will offer filmmaking teams one-on-one meetings with international buyers, co-production, and international distribution opportunities, as well as more exposure at future film festivals.
Upon hearing this exciting news, Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) chief executive officer Lee Ming-che (李明哲) stated that it shows the Taiwanese content has resonated with global audiences, exemplifying the idea of "the more local we have, the more international we become." With TAICCA's resources, he expects to assist and bring more diverse stories from Taiwan to the international stage.
Director Lu pointed out that he is delighted to be selected to the Venice Gap-Financing Market and hopes to share the local story of Chiayi with world-class filmmakers. He believes it is a great step and an outlet for the feeling of panic and uncertainty in his adolescence.
The documentary sets against the backdrop of Lu’s childhood in Chiayi. It tells a story about his brother who gained psychic abilities and the family opened a shrine with 12 deities to perform séances for their community. However, it could not alleviate their financial difficulties. After leaving home for 25 years, the director returns with the camera to reveal the story of the connection between the family members and their faith.
Supported by TAICCA, "A Holy Family" is Lu’s second work and a co-production of Taiwan’s Volos Films company with France-based company Films de Force Majeure. The film won the "TAICCA Creative Award for Documentary of Golden Horse WIP" in 2019, which led TAICCA into signing an MoU with Volo Films, providing support as well as funding through the Taiwan’s International Co-funding Program (TICP).
At present, the film is at the post-production stage, expected to complete by the end of this year and will be shown in international film festivals and Taiwan theaters next year.