OUTSIDE LIFE INSIDE TAIWAN – A Taiwanese Film Series & Reception in Chicago

Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbus Auditorium
Address: 280 S. Columbus Dr., 2nd floor, Chicago, IL
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117310788332362
FREE event open to the public

Hosted by SAIC Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) 芝加哥藝術學院台灣同學會. The event is partially funded by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago (TECO).

Taiwanese Film Series- December 3-5, 2010

Each film in its independent vision and voice describes the fringe; the mundane and the so-called “unnoticed” which suggest the unglamorous. But these films also provide a sense of the outsider looking in, of the resultant struggles of life, giving another layer, something vibrant, kooky and odd that is part of and integral to Taiwan.

FRIDAY, 12/3/2010
6:00-7:00 pm
OPENING RECEPTION -Refreshment provided

FRIDAY, 12/3/2010

7:00-9:00 pm
停車 PARKING (2008)
Directed by 鍾孟宏 CHUNG Mong-hong

On Mother’s Day in Taipei, Chen Mo makes a date for dinner with his wife, hoping to heal their estranged relationship. While purchasing a cake on his way home, a car double parks next to his car, preventing his exit. For the entire night, Chen Mo searches for the owner of the illegally parked car and encounters an eccentric cast of characters. When Chen Mo finally frees his car, and with new friends riding beside him, he finds himself advancing toward a new horizon in life.

SATURDAY, 12/4/2010

6:30-8:20 pm
戀戀風塵 Dust In The Wind (1986)
Directed by 侯孝賢 HOU Hsiao-hsien

“Dust in the Wind” is a simple, slow-moving slice-of-life story about two young teens who love each other, but who are both shy and rather inarticulate.

8:40-10:30 pm
冏男孩 OrzBoyz (2009)
Directed by 楊亞喆 YANG Ya-che

Two mischievous and highly imaginative boys spend a hot Taiwanese summer scheming to enter the seaside kingdom of Orz and escape their troubled home lives.

SUNDAY, 12/5/2010

4:00-5:50 pm
流浪神狗人 God Man Dog (2008)
Directed by 陳芯宜 CHEN Singing

Follows the daily lives of different people, observing the reserved way they go about their lives: a well off married couple from Taipei who have become more and more estranged and have slowly fallen silent since the birth of their child; a fruit dealer from the countryside and his wife who try together to battle his alcohol problem; a young woman who works out her aggressions through kickboxing; a young boy who roams around, and a lonely man who delivers massive statues of the Buddha. Some of these people take surprising turns while some of them cross each other’s paths and fates.

6:00-8:00 pm
陽陽 YANG YANG (2009)
Directed by 鄭有傑 CHENG Yu-chieh

Yang-yang is a French-Chinese mix. She has never seen her French father. She does not speak a single French word. Her mum has re-married but she has been very lonely. She started working at the entertainment industry. The fact that she is a mix is a good selling point. The film depicts how Yang-yang dealt with her life, her relationships with men, with her mother and friends.

Admission for all film screening events is FREE and open to the general public. Seating is first come, first serve. Doors open 30 min before the screening time. Due to an expected capacity crowd, please arrive early.

Public parking is available in the Monroe Street parking garage. The entrance is on Columbus Drive at Monroe. Parking for up to 12 hours is $13. Limited street parking and public transportation are also available.

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