SF to screen ground-breaking Taiwanese films

Excerpt from press release:

The San Francisco Film Society will present the fifth annual Taiwan Film Days, November 1 – 3 at the Vogue Theatre (3290 Sacramento Street), in association with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco. This exciting series focuses on the best of contemporary Taiwanese cinema and provides Bay Area audiences with unique opportunities to view bold new Taiwanese films and engage with visionary filmmakers. Taiwan Film Days is an essential part of the Film Society’s Fall Season and a cinematic highlight for the local Chinese-speaking community and adventurous cinephiles of all stripes.

“Without a doubt this year’s Taiwan Film Days will be the most eclectic yet,” said SFFS Programmer Sean Uyehara. “This year’s program includes films that have been celebrated internationally at film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto and Locarno and a number of huge Taipei crowd favorites, and I am excited to see how this program feels to SF audiences. On a personal note, I am most grateful to TECO and especially Manfred Peng and Janet Chang who have helped us to realize our fifth installment of Taiwan Film Days.”

The San Francisco Film Society has long been a proponent of Taiwanese cinema and has played a pioneering role in introducing it to Bay Area audiences through the San Francisco International Film Festival, which has shown over 45 Taiwanese films over the years. Works of leading figures — Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang and Edward Yang — have been featured, and prominent actor Lee Kang-sheng was a Festival guest in 1998. In January 1999 the Film Society partnered with the Asian Art Museum to present the unique retrospective An Unfolding Horizon: the Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Taiwan Film Days kicks off in proper fashion with the crowd-pleasing culinary film Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast and continues with offerings in a variety of genres including epic period drama Ripples of Desire, violent thriller Soul (a hit at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival) and an entertaining girl-meets-boy tale in Apolitical Romance. TFD 2013 features a number of exciting U.S. premieres, including international coproduction Taipei Factory, which pairs up emerging filmmakers to collaborate on innovative examinations of urban space, resulting in a rousing display of fresh talent.

For complete program information visit sffs.org/Exhibition/Fall-Season.

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