The Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles and the UCLA Film & Television Archive are pleased to present a timely survey of recent and classic Taiwanese films at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater from Oct. 18 through 28 under the aegis of "Taiwan Biennial Film Festival 2019."
The second edition of the Taiwan Biennial Film Festival arrives at a time of significant cultural change for the nation. Owing to its unique history and complicated political status, Taiwan has long been recognized as one of the most dynamic hubs of global cultural exchange in the world.
In May of this year, its parliament became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. At the same time, Taiwan's film industry is increasingly determined to chart its own course in the region as a rapidly emerging center of production for both its booming domestic market and for Mandarin-language film audiences abroad.
This year's biennial checks back in with Taiwan's filmmakers to see how they are responding to and representing these and other developments shaping the contemporary moment. Diversity and gender equity on screen and behind the camera have emerged as energizing themes, along with continuing engagement with questions on political, cultural, and personal identity.
The 2019 edition of the biennial will again feature a wide array of cinematic works, including fictional narratives and documentaries, blockbuster hits and art house gems, along with short and experimental works. The lineup also includes a selection of newly restored classics from Taiwan's golden age of commercial cinema.
Filmmakers Hsieh Pei-ju (謝沛如), Zero Chou (周美玲), and Huang Xi (黃熙) will also meet with LA cinema-goers. Michael Berry, UCLA professor of modern Asian literature and film, will also deliver a talk on Taiwan's inclusive society and accessible filmmaking resources.
Organized by the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Taiwan Biennial Film Festival 2019 is made possible with the additional support of the Taiwan Film Institute and the UCLA Asia Pacific Center. This year's program is curated by Paul Malcolm and Brian Hu.
The full program is available at ucla.in/2mZjNVs.