Dates: January 27, 29 and February 5, 2012
Location: The Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
Address: 53 Wall St, New Haven, CT
Sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, the Council on East Asian Studies, Films at the Whitney, and the Film Studies Program at Yale University
The Taiwan Film Festival features both classic and recent films in a number of different genres, illustrating the range of critically praised and financially successful film work from Taiwan.
Friday, January 27, 2012:
A Touch of Zen (1971)
Director: King Hu
An artist, Ku, lives with his mother near an abandoned fort known to be haunted. One night, he meets the beautiful Yang who is living there. She is being pursued by agents of an Imperial noble who have murdered her family. Ku finds himself caught up in her struggle to survive.
The Fourth Portrait (2010)
Director: Chung Mong‐hong
104 minutes; 35mm format
Ten year‐old Xiang faces a lonely future after his father dies. On day his estranged mother shows up, and his life changes forever… A loveless mother, a hateful stepfather, a chilly home. He finds comfort in drawing and his work reveals his longing for care and affection.
Sunday, January 29, 2012:
Beauty of Beauties (1965)
Director: Li Hanziang
A story about the wit and patriotism of Hsi Shih, a legendary patriotic beauty from China’s Warring States period (475‐221 BC) who was presented as a duplicitous gift from the King of Yue to the King of Wu in order to bring down
the recipient’s kingdom.
Autumn Execution (1971)
Director: Li Zing
In Han Dynasty China, a hotheaded young man, Pei, is jailed for murder following abrawl. As autumn, decreed as the season for executions is almost a year away, his wily grandmother concocts a scheme to see that at least the family line will carry on by sneaking a girl into his cell for conjugal visits…
Sunday, February 5, 2012:
Cape No. 7 (2008)
Director: Wei Te‐sheng
The film portrays the rise of a small‐town rock band and the discovery of a cache of undelivered love letters from 1940’s Japanese‐occupied Taiwan that become the catalyst of another inter‐cultural love affair 70 years later.
No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti
(Cannot Live Without You, 2009)
Director: Leon Dai, 85 minutes
When the government decides to remove his daughter from his care, Li Wu‐hisung does everything he can to get her back, leading to a desperate standoff in front of the media and the world. Based on a true story, it
conveys a quest of love that knows no bounds.