Three feature films from Taiwan — award-winning drama "Stray Dogs,” romantic comedy "Sweet Alibi,” and the heart-touching tale "Touch of the Light” — will be shown in Texas as part of the 13th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas.
"Stray Dogs” (郊遊) is Malaysian-born director Tsai Ming-liang's (蔡明亮) capture of how a homeless father struggles to care for his two kids. Deliberate, visually stunning, and brutally honest, Tsai's 2013 production offers audience members a 138-minute window into the complexity and alienation of city life in Taipei.
"Sweet Alibis” (甜蜜殺機) from director Lien Yi-chi (連奕琦) is a wacky crime drama with memorable characters and a zany storyline. When a liver-hearted veteran cop long accustomed to evading all job responsibilities is paired up with an earnest female rookie who doubles as a magnet for danger, the death of a puppy by the means of chocolate ingestion paves the way for something much more sinister.
"Touch of the Light” (逆光飛翔) is director Chang Jun-chi's (張榮吉) cinematic adaptation of a true story of a blind pianist's fearless determination to succeed. Huang Yu-hsiang, the protagonist in real life, plays himself in the film that chronicles a precocious childhood, struggles in attending a regular university, and a blossoming friendship with an aspiring dancer.
Established in 2002, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas has grown to become one of largest showcases of Asian heritage films in southern U.S., having screened nearly 400 movies and documentaries since its inception. Visit their event website asianfilmdallas.com for ticketing information and more.
Asian Film Festival of Dallas
Date: July 10 to 17, 2014
Venue: Angelika Film Center
Address: 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75206
- "Stray Dogs” @ July 11 / 4:45 PM
- "Sweet Alibis” @ July 13 / 3:40 PM & July 17 / 12 PM
- "Touch of the Light” @ July 13 / 12:15 PM