The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF)‘s 20th edition, running from August 6 to 22, will feature six Taiwanese films. This festival, with its largest film lineup to date, will screen over 60 films from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, both virtually and in-person, at Lincoln Center, America.
The line-up for Taiwanese films highlighted at this year’s event include 3D animation "City of Lost Things (廢棄之城)" by director Yee Chih-yen (易智言), which is also shortlisted in the Uncaged Award for Best Feature Film Competition, as well as the drama "The Silent Forest (無聲)," by director Ko Chen-nien (柯貞年). Other Taiwanese films selected include the dark comedy "A Leg (腿)," the queer drama "As We Like it(揭大歡喜)," the romantic comedy "My Missing Valentine (消失的情人節)," and the drama "Piglet Piglet (美豬肉圓)," by emerging student director Lin Tsung-yen (林宗諺).
The Taipei Cultural Center in New York stated that these selected films are rich and distinctive, showing the genres of Taiwanese films are diverse and abundant.
The NYAFF official website pointed out that City of Lost Things is Yee's first attempt at 3D animation and described this film as "a movie full of ideas and ideals, dazzling creativity, as well as contagiousness." This film brings every object to life, showing an ingenious spectacle, and clearly articulates the urgent issues facing humankind and the environment. Additionally, it also assembled quite the casts including Gui Lun-mei (桂綸鎂), Joseph Chang (張孝全), Huang He (黃河).
For NYAFF’s poster, the organizer stated that it has been drawn from Ko's The Silent Forest, an image almost tailor-made to represent their cautious feelings of returning in the post-epidemic period.