Taiwan’s ‘I WeirDO’ named best film at London East Asia festival

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/13/2020
By: Tai Ya-chen and Evelyn Kao

Photo courtesy of the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K.

London, Dec. 13 (CNA) The Taiwanese comedy "I WeirDO" (怪胎) won the best film award Saturday at the 2020 London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), the biggest Asian film festival in the United Kingdom.

Written and directed by newcomer Liao Ming-yi (廖明毅), the movie tells the story of two lovers who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It has been touted as the first feature film in Asia shot entirely on an iPhone.

At the awards ceremony Saturday, Liao said he was gratified that the movie had won a major prize and was deeply moved that a physical ceremony could be held, despite the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The film recently won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema's NETPAC Award at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea as well as the Crystal Mulberry Award and Purple Mulberry Award at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.[FULL  STORY]

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