Art and Entertainment

Oscar foreign-language film race 2019: all the titles submitted so far

Screen Daily
Date: 15 September 2018
By:: Ben Dalton

SOURCE: AIDA BEGIĆ   ‘NEVER LEAVE ME’

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically in their respective countries between October 1 2017 and September 30 2018.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei Hosts Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Showcasing Asia’s Best New Movies

Taiwanese films scooped up two awards, including Best Director, and the event spotlighted Southeast Asian hits like ‘Bad Genius’ and ‘Respeto.’

The News Lens
Date: 2018/09/10
By: MuYi

Actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, who won Best Newcomer for her performance in the Thai film ‘Bad Genius.’ | Credit: CNA

The 58th Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) awards ceremony took place on Sept. 1 in Taipei. Taiwan’s Chao Te-yin (趙德胤) took home Best Director for “The Road to Mandalay,” while Taiwanese film “The Tag-Along 2” won Best Sound Effects. The Australian biographical drama “Lion,” starring Dev Patel and Rooney Mara, won Best Picture.

However, Southeast Asia was the star of the night. Nine of the 16 awards were won by Southeast Asian movies. The Thai film “Bad Genius,” which reeled in two awards for Best Newcomer and Best Film Editing, and the Filipino hip-hop drama “Respeto” (Respect) drew considerable attention.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s 2018 Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival to be held in November

Cellist Chang Cheng-chieh and Yu opera diva Wan Hai-ling will be the leading performers at the festival Nov. 3-4

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/09/05
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

2018 Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival in Taiwan to be held Nov. 3-4 (Photo by CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Renowned Taiwanese cellist Chang Cheng-chieh (張正傑) announced that he will join Yu opera (豫劇) diva Wang Hai-Ling (王海玲) to perform at the 2018 Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival, dispelling fears the performance may be scrapped due to a wrist injury he sustained from a cycling incident.

Entering its 10th year, the music fest was first held at the Zhaishan Tunnel (翟山坑道) in 2009 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Guningtou (古寧頭戰役) in Kinmen, a group of islands governed by Taiwan.

The tunnel struck the cellist as a perfect “amplifier” during a trip to the tourist attraction, which was when he started floating the idea of holding a concert there to take advantage of the natural sound reinforcement system. The plan finally became a reality thanks to an opportunity presented to him by Kinmen National Park Administration Office to curate an outdoor event, reported CNA.

In a press conference announcing the concert on Sept. 3, Chang played Bach Cello Suite No. 5 Sarabande in a recital, a  composition which featured in his first performance at the Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival. He also played Taiwanese folk song “Such a life” (一隻鳥仔哮啾啾), joking that the song reflected his feelings the moment he got hurt falling off his bicycle when traveling in Vienna in July.    [FULL  STORY]

Artist who made famous work on trans man murder 20 years ago will represent Taiwan at Venice Biennale

Cheang Shu Lea, the 64-year-old artist who made the 2001 ‘sci-fi porn’ film I. K. U, will use the world’s biggest art show to revisit themes from her groundbreaking piece ‘Brandon’

South China Morning Post 
Date: 21 July, 2018
By: Enid Tsui

Cheang Shu Lea’s Brandon (1998-99) was a groundbreaking piece of early internet multimedia art that took a maverick approach to exploring the 1993 rape and murder of Brandon Teena, the young American transgender man who was the subject of the 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry.

When the Guggenheim museum restored the work in April last year, it kept all of its period features such as its text-heavy, MS-DOS-style interfaces, visible frames, limited interactivity and first-generation morphing GIFs.

Venice Biennale using fake Chinese curse called ‘schoolyard racism’
The old-school look – an aberration in this age of slick web templates – enhances, not diminishes, the work’s transgressive appeal. Its rabbit hole of chance encounters, Gothic horror, 1990s BDSM imagery and that greatest symbol of personal freedom – the American road trip – is as irresistible now as it was when it was created.

But what would Brandon look like if Cheang had made it today, with issues of sexuality and the public invasion of private space more relevant than ever?
[FULL  STORY]

Celine Dion sings in Taipei for the first time ever

Celine Dion Taipei show goes on after typhoon exits stage

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/07/12
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Worldwide superstar diva Celine Dion sang in

Celine Dion sings in Taipei. (By Central News Agency)

concert for the first time in Taipei last night (July 11), the first of three scheduled shows for the singer at the Taipei Arena and despite Typhoon Maria, which had just left the country hours before her performance, reported CNA.

Dion opened the show with “The Power of Love” and when on to sing more than 20 songs and changed into 6 different costumes over the course of one hour and fifty minutes. She ended the show with her famous song “My Heart Will Go On” from the blockbuster flm “Titanic.”     [FULL  STORY]

Golden Melody Awards: Veterans take top awards

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/06/24
By: Hsu Hsiao-ling and Ko Lin

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Music veterans Eason Chan (陳奕迅) and Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩) on Saturday took top awards at the 29th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s biggest music awards event.

Hong Kong singer Chan took home the awards for best Mandarin Male Vocalist and the Album of the Year, which he also won in 2003.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese singer-songwriter Hsu took the Best Album in Mandarin and the best Mandarin Female Vocalist that day.
[FULL  STORY]

Movie star Evangeline Lilly raves about Taiwan

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ star Evangeline Lilly lauds Taiwan’s red carpet and food during TV interview

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/06/22
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – “Ant-Man and the Wasp” star Evangeline Lilly described her

Evangeline Lilly at Comic-con in 2014 (By Wikimedia Commons)

recent trip to Taiwan as “fantastic” and raved about Taiwan’s red carpet and food in an interview on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! program on June 21.

When asked what Taiwan was like, Lilly replied “it was fantastic” with a broad smile.

“it was on one of the classiest most beautiful red carpets I’ve ever been on in my career, including Cannes” Lilly added.

Lilly also lauded Taiwan’s food and was a big fan of the ice cream.

“I ate everything there was … the coolest thing I ate in Taiwan was traditional Taiwanese ice cream, available in 75 flavors” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese artist to hold exhibition in Sicilian palace

The acclaimed artist’s exhibition will feature traditional ink wash painting and bed sheets

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/06/15
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Acclaimed Taiwanese artist Yahon Chang (張耀煌) will hold

Yahon Chang in action in Palmero, Italy (By Central News Agency)

an exhibition titled “Poetry of the Flow” in Palmero, Italy from June 17 to August 19, reported CNA.

The exhibition will be held in Palazzo Chiaramonte, a 14th century palace turn museum and will showcase traditional ink wash painting with a modern twist.

Chang’s exhibition will feature pieces on a variety of mediums, including bed sheets acquired in Palmero.

Chang said that he hopes the exhibition will turn the museum into a place where visitors can interact with his art and will provide viewers a prompt to think about cotemporary philosophy and existing issues, reported CNA.

Chang went on to say the historical and cultural influences of the Sicilian capital have influenced his art.   FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s arts coming to George Town festival

The Star Online
Date: Saturday, 2 Jun 2018

TAIWANESE performing arts will become a feature of George Town Festival 2018 (GTF).

Coined “Isle to Isle”, a layered series of programmes highlighting the best of


(From right) Sidek showing a pamphlet to Chou, Taipei Investors in Malaysia vice-president Datuk Lee Hung Lung and Penang Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities president Lim Goay Huah after the press conference in George Town, Penang.

Taiwanese performing arts, creative and art administration will be featured at the festival.

The series will run from Aug 12 to 19 and will showcase and create a discourse on the arts and the use of creative spaces to generate people-centric experiences, said GTF director Joe Sidek.

GTF and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia (Teco) announced the collaboration recently in an effort to create closer ties between the arts and design community of both islands.

“We are excited to work with Teco along with other Taiwanese organisations on this project.   [FULL  STORY]

Fulbright Taiwan grant for art administration open for applications

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/13
By: Lo Yuan-shao and Kuan-lin Liu

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) The Ministry of Culture (MOC) and Fulbright Taiwan announced Friday that a new program has opened for applications, offering grants for three spots for Taiwanese professionals in art administration to travel to the United States for a three-month training program.

A memorandum of understanding for the new grant was signed at a Friday event by the MOC’s Samuel S.K. Wu (吳紹開), director-general of the Department of Cultural Exchange, and William Vocke, executive director of the Fulbright Taiwan Foundation for Scholarly Exchange.

According to Wu, the program has been two years in the making, based on an idea that he proposed to the Fulbright Program during his first visit to the U.S. after taking up his current position as director-general.    [FULL  STORY]