UCLA Film Series: What Time Is It There? Taiwan as Crossroads

The UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and UCLA Film & Television Archive, in association with Taiwan Academy, presents “What Time Is It There? Taiwan as Crossroads”

Dates: February 15 – March 19, 2014
Location: Billy Wilder Theater, Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
Address: 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards), Los Angeles, CA
Program / Buy Tickets: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2014-02-15/what-time-it-there-taiwan-crossroads

For a full month, UCLA hosts a must-see showcase of Taiwanese films that capture the stories of transition and struggle, which have helped to shape Taiwan throughout centuries of history. The series launches with the epic Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale tells the story of the indigenous Seediq aboriginal tribes who rise up and fight the occupation by Japanese forces during their early colonial rule on Taiwan. If you watch this film, be sure to schedule time to watch both Part I & II of this four-and-a-half hour adventure.

The showcase also features many wonderful films encompassing the comedy, drama, and art genres. If anything, it is an excellent compilation highlighting the talent of the filmmakers that have emerged from Taiwan over the past decade (beyond the more recognizable Ang Lee) and addresses many of the contemporary issues that make Taiwan’s story unique.

At the UCLA program intro suggests, this selection of films “offers visions of a nation acting not only as an origin or a destination, but as a relay point or hub through which people, art, investment, technology and social change pass, undergoing creative adaptations and transformations. This vision in turn presents a rewarding insight into Taiwan’s image and self-image, and accounts for much of the beauty and dynamism of its cinematic output.”

Are you looking for a fun film? Don’t miss Arvin Chen’s entertaining romantic comedy Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?. We’ve featured Arvin Chen several times in the past. He’s a talented Taiwanese American director and one to keep track of in the years to come. He will be in attendance for the February 28 screening.

If you’re in Southern California, be sure to head out and catch some of these excellent films. Buy your tickets in advance.

This series is part of the “Spotlight Taiwan” program at the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, with financial support from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture.

Feb 15, 2014 @ 7:00 pm: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan, 2011)
Feb 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm: Ye-Zai (Taiwan, 2012); Pinoy Sunday (Taiwan/Philippines, 2009)
Feb 22, 2014 @ 3:00 pm: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Part II: Rainbow Bridge (Taiwan, 2011)
Feb 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm: Our Neighbors (Taiwan, 1963); Home Sweet Home (Taiwan, 1970)
Feb 28, 2014 @ 7:30 pm: Au Revoir, Taipei (Germany/Taiwan/USA, 2010); Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Taiwan, 2013) **Director Arvin Chen in attendance
Mar 8, 2014 @ 7:30 pm: The Sandwich Man (Taiwan, 1983); Island Etude (Taiwan, 2006)
Mar 14, 2014 @ 7:30 pm: What Time is it There? (Taiwan/France, 2001)
Mar 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm: Stray Dogs (Taiwan/France, 2013)
Mar 19, 2014 @ 7:30 pm: Yang Yang (Taiwan, 2009); Chocolate Rap (Taiwan, 2009)

See full posting of films here: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2014-02-15/what-time-it-there-taiwan-crossroads

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