A film festival highlighting the works by five Taiwanese contemporary female filmmakers is currently underway at the New York Public Library. The festival sponsored by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture and co-organized by the Michigan State University and the Hunter College at the City University of New York will run until May 1.
The "Female Directors From Taiwan” series comprises one documentary and four feature films: "Let's Fall in Love (尋情歷險記),” "Twin Bracelets (雙鐲),” "God Man Dog (流浪神狗人),” "The Shoe Fairy (人魚朵朵),” and "The Golden Child (金孫).”
Wu Tai-jen's (吳汰紝) documentary "Let's Fall in Love” portrays the marital relationships between 12 couples, including their quarrels, betrayals, and reconciliations, through honest interviews.
"Twin Bracelets,” directed by Huang Yu-shan (黃玉珊), depicts two young women who grew up together in a small fishing town, but end up in very different marriages.
Chen Shin-ing's (陳芯宜) "God Man Dog” overlays the three stories of a couple facing a marital crisis, an aboriginal couple struggling to get by, and a man who shelters a homeless boy and collects deserted deity figurines. Their fates change suddenly after a stray dog triggers a deadly car accident.
"The Shoe Fairy” by Lee Yun-chan (李芸嬋) is a fantasy film that depicts a girl who cannot walk due to a birth defect. An avid fairytale reader, she dreams of meeting her Prince Charming and exchanging her voice for two legs. She eventually undergoes surgery and falls in love with a man, but will she live happily ever after?
Through "The Golden Child,” director Chou She-wei (周旭薇) tells of a traditional matriarch's dismay when her son's arranged marriage with a young Vietnamese lady does not bear fruit as she had hoped for.
The first four films will be screened for free at the Mid-Manhattan Library, while "The Golden Child” will join "A City of Sadness (悲情城市),” "Super Citizen Ko (超級大國民),” and "It Takes Two to Tango (車拼)” at the Taiwan Film Festival organized by the Michigan State University.