Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Taipei Film Festival to screen “Wheat Harvest”

Xu Tong, the director of “Wheat Harvest,” has requested the organizers of the 11th Taipei Film Festival to refrain from giving the movie’s two screenings on July 9 and 11 any publicity. Xu also asked that tickets not be openly sold.

The movie about a country girl who secretly works as a prostitute in Beijing to support her family in Hebei became very controversial when it was screened in China and Hong Kong.

Cheng Yu-chieh’s “Yang Yang” and “Germany 09” by 13 top German directors will open the 11th Taipei Film Festival on June 26. The closing films on July 12 will be Claudia Llosa’s “The Milk of Sorrow” and Chang Tso-chi’s “How Are You, Dad?”

Tickets to screenings at the Shin Kong Cineplex and the Taipei Zhongshan Hall have gone on sale since May 23.

Leading at the box office so far are: Stephan Komandarev’s “The World Is Big and Salvation is Around the Corner,” Caroline Link’s “Beyond Silence,” Claudia Llosa’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” “Germany 09” (which brings together 13 most acclaimed directors of Germany), Sebastian Silva’s “The Maid,” Wong Kar-wai’s “Ashes of the Redux,” Cheng Yu-chieh’s “Yang Yang,” Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration,”
Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s “All Around Us,” and Emilio Portes’ “Meet the Head of Juan Perez.”

The film festival will highlight German films and German directors under the “City Vision,” “Vintage Berlin” and “Modern Germany” sections. The “Voices from Latin America” will feature works by directors from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Peru.

The competition section will be devoted to the search for new talent as well as winner of the Taipei Award.

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