Several Taiwan-made films, including "The Soul of Bread” (愛的麵包魂) and "GF*BF” (女朋友。男朋友), opened the Asian Summer Film Festival in the Spanish city of Vic on July 9.
Javier Ching-shanHou, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Spain, Vic Mayor Josep Maria Vila-d'Abadal and Deputy Mayor Joan Lopez watched the opening film, "The Soul of Bread,” with an audience of 250 at the Vigata Cinema.
The opening film, whose plot is easy to understand, tugged at the audience'sheartstrings while its Taiwanese brand of humor evoked great laughter.
"GF*BF” was screened at an open-air venue on the same day. The audience sat on grass and watched the film, a sight that was reminiscent of students sitting on the plaza in front of the Chang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.
After watching the two Taiwanese films, the mayor of Vic spoke highly of Taiwanese filmmakers' creativity in telling stories, and joked that the most popular film chosen by the audience is likely to be a Taiwanese movie again.
From July 9 through July 14, a total of 35 Asian films from Taiwan, Japan, mainland China, India, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand will be screened at the Spanish festival.
In addition to the two aforementioned movies, 12 other Taiwanese films, including "To My Dear Granny” (親愛的奶奶), "When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep” (南方小羊牧場), "Joyful Reunion” (飲食男女～好遠又好近) and "Go Grandriders” (不老騎士), are also part of the program, making Taiwan the participating country with the largest number of films being screened.
The festival, now in its tenth year, was launched to introduce Asian cultures to Spanish audiences. Taking into account Taiwan's growing popularity and importance in the field of cinematography, Taiwan was made the theme of the 2013 Asian Summer Film Festival.
Besides the film screenings, moviegoers can also learn about Taiwan through a parent-child theater and a photography exhibition titled "Taiwan Sublime.”
Taiwan has been selected as the theme of the 2013 Asian Summer Film Festival in the Spanish city of Vic. For more information, visit the event website at cinemaoriental.com
2012 romantic comedy “The Soul of Bread” (愛的麵包魂)
2012 coming-of-age drama “GF*BF” (女朋友。男朋友)