The 43rd Nantes Festival des 3 continents in France included a spotlight on three films from Taiwan, inviting director Chen Ming-lang to France to participate in the screening and a symposium.
The French premiere of director Tsai Ming-liang's (蔡明亮) 2020 film "Days" has its own dedicated screening at the festival. It has been nominated for Best Feature Film at the 2020 Golden Horse Awards, selected for the main competition section at the Berlin International Film Festival, and won the jury Teddy Award at the Berlinale.
One of the highlights of this year's festival is the 20th anniversary of Produire au Sud, the festival’s incubator program for emerging directors and productions. Through the efforts of the Taiwan Cultural Center and the Nantes Festival des 3 Continents, Taiwanese director Chen Ming-lang (陳敏郎) was invited to France to participate in a screening and post-screening discussion of his work "The Teacher." The film has been selected for several international film festivals and received nominations for Best New Performer and Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Horse Awards 2019. During the festival, from the 19th to the 28th, three Taiwanese works are scheduled to be screened six times.
In addition, Chen Ming-lang has also been invited to participate in the Produire au Sud Roundtable and other events, hoping that through the festival, further international dialogue between Taiwanese directors and works and the world will continue, and boost the visibility of Taiwan’s new generation of directors on the global stage.
The Nantes Festival des 3 Continents is an important French international film festival. The festival has long focused on Asian, African, and South American films, hoping to provide audiences with an alternative perspective on the world, with a particular focus on Taiwanese films in the Asian section.
Many Taiwanese producers and directors have used this opportunity to liaise with French professionals, learn from each other and create a network for future collaboration.