Four Taiwanese films will be screened at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival ("Berlinale”), which will take place from Feb. 6 through 16 at the German capital.
The festival's Panorama program will showcase Golden Horse-winning director Tsai Ming-liang's (蔡明亮) interpretation of the classic tale 'Journey to the West' (西遊), Taiwanese producer Cho Li's (卓立) take on the real-life story of 'The Rice Bomber' (白米炸彈客), and 32-year-old director Midi Z's (趙德胤) exploration of Southeast Asia's illicit methamphetamine trade in 'Ice Poison' (冰毒).
They are part of a lineup of 36 films from 29 countries that have been selected for the Panorama section, a program designed to provide insights into contemporary world cinema.
All three films will be celebrating their world premiers at the festival. The Panorama section's target audience also includes parties interested in buying the rights to films.
In addition, Taiwanese director Chen Yu-hsun's (陳玉勳) 'Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast' (總舖師), a comedy about the Taiwanese "bandoh” tradition of boisterous outdoor feasts, will have its European premiere in the festival's Culinary Cinema section.
The Culinary Cinema is dedicated to promoting pertinent topics related to human food consumption, such as the environmental impact of food production, unsavory dietary habits, and international campaigns for healthier lifestyles and quality control.
Taiwanese-American director Arvin Chen's cultural shock project 'Grooms' has also been selected for the 11th Berlinale Co-Production Market, which helps producers and directors connect with potential financial backers.
A total of 13 Taiwanese film companies will also participate in the European Film Market from Feb. 6 through 14, which is billed as "a magnet for international industry professionals” and "a barometer for the upcoming year in the film.”
The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development held a press conference on Jan. 21 announcing the Taiwanese entries selected for the 2014 Berlinale. Attending the event were (from left to right): “Ice Poison” deputy director Lin Sheng-wen; “The Rice Bomber” producer Yeh Ju-feng and director Cho Li; audiovisual bureau director Chang Chung-jen; “Ice Poison” lead actress Wu Ke-xi and director Midi Z; “Grooms” director Alvin Chen; “Ice Poison” principal photographer Fan Sheng-siang and producer Patrick Huang.