Spearheaded by the Cannes-winning martial arts epic "The Assassin (刺客聶隱娘),” seven Taiwanese cinematic releases have been selected by the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) for screening from Nov. 12 through 22.
Among the seven films, three films have garnered four nominations towards the Halekulani Golden OrchidAward for artistic and technical excellence and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award.
Director Sunny Yu's (于瑋珊) coming-of-age drama 'The Kids (小孩)' on a out of wedlock pregnancywas nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for best narrative feature, and director Li Nien-hsiu's (李念修) 'Hebei Taipei (河北台北),' a dramatic memoir of an ex-soldier ravaged by the Chinese Civil War,was nominated for best documentary feature.
'The Kids' is also shortlisted for the NETPAC Award, alongside Taiwanese director Lingo Hsieh's (謝庭菡) ghost story 'The Bride (屍憶).' The HIFF is the sole film festival in North America authorized to grant a NETPAC award.
The other films in the "Spotlight on Taiwan” section are: "Thanatos, Drunk (醉‧生夢死),” a dark portrayal of a society that does not seem to appear to welcome its next generation; and "Zinnia Flower (百日告別),” a 100-day journey of loss and redemption.
Rounding up the Taiwanese lineup at HIFF are "Luca,” a short drama revealing cultural and moral dilemma following a fatal car crash; and "The Assassin,” an sumptuous exercise in elliptical storytelling by director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢).
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