An evening reception was held at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 9 to honor the Taiwanese filmmakers participating this year, greet over 300 industry heavyweights from around the world, and advance the future development of Taiwanese cinema.
Director Lin I-ju (林誼如), whose debut short film "Tiptoe" held its world premiere at the Berlinale's Generation Kplus competition, explained that she was inspired to portray sister-brother dynamics from a female perspective as most Taiwanese films tend to focus on male siblings. The two young actors ― 8-year-old Hsieh En-tzu (謝恩慈) and 11-year-old Chiang Tang-ning (姜棠甯) ― were chosen from a pool of 500 candidates and both professed their delight at attending the Berlinale.
Taiwan's Hsieh Ming-jen (謝明仁), Lien Chien-hung (練建宏), and Hsu Wei-san (許瑋珊) were also selected for this year's Berlinale Talents. Lien, a playwright, noted that the fast-paced courses were incredibly effective for developing a more comprehensive script, while Hsu, a movie music and sound producer, thanked the organizers for the opportunity to network with more like-minded Taiwanese film professionals.
With support from the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development and the Taiwan Film Institute, the 2019 Berlinale Taiwan Cinema Night was attended by dignitaries including Kim Dong-ho and Jay Jeon, former and current head of the Busan International Film Festival; Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society; Shieh Jhy-Wey (謝志偉), Taiwan's representative to Germany; as well as representatives from established film festivals and institutes in Bratislava, Cannes, Marseilles, Udine, Venice, Warsaw, Toronto, Tribeca, Bucheon, and Singapore.
More information about Taiwan’s lineup for the 2019 Berlinale can be found here.
From left to right, the cast of "Tiptoe": director Lin In-hu and producers Startle Chen Yen-han and Tu Wei-hua on the back row; and actors Hsieh En-tzu and Chiang Tang-ning on the front row.
From left to right, Berlinale Talents participants: artistic director Hsieh Ming-jen, director Lien Chien-hung, and sound producer Hsu Wei-san.