Taipei Factory is a collaborative project launched by the Directors' Fortnight and Taipei Film Commission that aims at the emergence of new talents. Four young Taiwanese directors are joined by four young foreign directors from Chile, France, Iran, and South Korea. The eight directors have never been acquainted before, but they shared their life experiences, and co-wrote and co-directed short films based on the impressions and imaginations of a city during 17 days in Taipei. Taipei Factory will showcase the result of these exchanges, 4 short films of 15 minutes each.
- The Pig (Singing Chen, Jéro Yun) A sacrificed pig, a newly homeless family, and a city longing for rain. With compassion and prayer, they try to survive.
- Silent Asylum (Midi Z, Joana Preiss) A French documentary director filming a group of Burmese refugees who recounted their sufferings while being trapped in a vacant city apartment building.
- A Nice Travel (Shen Ko-shang, Luis Cifuentes) Her farewell party is to celebrate a new job promotion in a foreign country. But it is more like a funeral for the past. Her past, a puzzle. Her future, a labyrinth.
- Mr. Chang's New Address (Chang Jung-chi, Alireza Khatami) Mr. Chang's life turns upside down when his home mysteriously disappears from the face of the Earth. On a quest to find his home, he has to rethink his identity and being. To be or to become, that is the question for Mr. Chang.
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...a fun creative experiment that has allowed these directing duos to try unconventional, sometimes non-existent narratives, relying on mood and brevity to substitute for depth and emotional resonance.
Actress, artist, director and musician, Joana Preiss has appeared in films by Christophe Honoré, Olivier Assayas, Nobuhiro Suwa and Pia Marais among others, and in the artwork of Nan Goldin, Ugo Rondinone, Dominique Gonzales Foerster and Céleste Boursier Mougenot. On stage, she has performed in shows by Pascal Rambert and Eléonore Weber. Trained in opera and contemporary music, she performs regularly, using her voice as an instrument. She founded the duet White Tahina with Vincent Epplay, and the duet Hiroyuki with Frédéric Danos, with whom she sings poems by Holderlin. She has played recently in LES MOUVEMENTS DU BASSIN from HPG (Locarno Festival and released in France in November) and in CASA DOLCE CASA from Tonino De Bernardi (Torino Film Festival). SIBERIE, her first feature film as director, was part of the international competition at FID Marseille in 2011 and was released in France in June 2012.
When camera is on, reality is gone.
Midi Z was born in 1982. He was raised in Myanmar, Burma, but trained as an artist in Taiwan. His graduation short PALOMA BLANCA was screened in numerous film festivals. In 2009, he was selected as the leading screenwriter and leading director in the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy organized by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Midi Z made a short fillm, HUA-XING INCIDENT. In 2011, he made his first feature film RETURN TO BURMA, which was selected by Busan Int’l Film Festival and premiered in Europe in the prestigious Tiger Awards Competition section of the 2012 Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam. THE PALACE ON THE SEA has led to another Tiger Award nomination in 2014, this time for short films. Midi Z's ICE POISON (2014) won Best Film in Edinburgh and represented Taiwan at the Foreign Language Oscars. JADE MINERS (2015), his first documentary, screened at the Taipei International film Festval and at the Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam, followed by CITY OF JADE which was selected at the Berlinale Forum 2016. He was awarded Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker in 2016 during the Golden Horse Awards to acknowledge his excellence in both feature film and documentary, as well as how his achievement broadens the horizon of Taiwanese cinema. His latest feature NINA WU (2019) is selected as part of Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes.
For me cinema is a poetic justice to a cruel world.
Alireza Khatami (1980, Iran) had worked in the Film and Advertising Industry for four years prior to moving to Malaysia where he got a degree in Creative Multimedia and later worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor. He was selected as one of the Dean’s Fellows for Savannah College of Art & Design, thus in 2010 he moved to America to obtain a degree of Master of Fine Arts in Film Production. His short films, scripts and installations have been showcased and awarded in several countries around the globe including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, USA, Brazil, Philippines and many more. In 2012 he was selected for Cinefondation Residency of Cannes Film Festival to develop his first feature film.
It is my intention, however, to give great importance to a "physical" feeling.
Born in Busan, Jéro Yun studied Art and Cinema in France. After his short film, PROMISE (2011), won Grand Prize at the Asiana International Short Film Festival 2011, he produced and directed several more short films. Two of his movies were selected at Cannes Film Festival 2016; MRS. B, A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (2016) in the ACID, and HITCHHIKER (2016) in Directors′ Fortnight. That same year, he won Best Documentary at both the Moscow International Film Festival 2016 and Zurich Film Festival 2016 with MRS. B, A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (2016). His feature film documentary, LETTERS (2017), co-directed with Marte Vold, and co-produced with Norwegian production company Mer Film, was in competition at Busan International Film Festival 2017, Göteborg Film Festival 2018, and CPH:DOX Film Festival 2018. He has just finished feature film, BEAUTIFUL DAYS (2018), starring famous actress Lee Na-young, to be released in Korea this year and produced by Peppermint&company; production company of THE WITCH (Park Hoon-jung, 2018), V.I.P (Park Hoon-jung, 2017), and I SAW THE DEVIL (Kim Jee-woon, 2010).
For me to really like a movie, the characters have to have heart.
Shen shows his talent with featured films, documentaries, experimental films, as well as commercial advertising. His distinguished works include documentary films SILENT DELTA, BASEBALL BOYS, CHILDREN FROM THE DISTANT PLANET, A ROLLING STONE, WAYS OF LOVE, and featured films LAYOVER, TWO JULIETS, POWER ON, ON THE BUS, A NICE TRAVEL, and END OF A CENTURY: MIA'S STORY. His works were nominated by many well-known festivals, including Festival de Cannes, Visions du Réel and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Shen has won many prizes, such as the Grand Prizes of Taiwan International Documentary Festival and Taipei Film Awards.
Born in 1977 in Chile, Luis Cifuentes, Graduated Architect, has developed a professional career as a filmmaker, a stage designer and a cultural promoter. His first short fiction ALLEY, shot in 2010 and produced in Chile, was selected in many festivals around the world and won the Jury Award at Viña del Mar Film Festival. During his residency in France in 2011, he directed 3 short films and a video clip, THE SUITCASE. He also directed another short film, HOURS GET LOST IN VAIN in Canada in 2012. He is currently developing his first feature QUIERO VIVIR SU VIDA, which was selected in La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the Producers Network Award at Buenos Aires Lab at BAFICI 2012.
Born in 1980, Chang Jung-chi received a master’s degree at the Graduate School of Applied Media Arts at National Taiwan University of Arts. In 2006, MY FOOTBALL SUMMER, won Best Documentary at the 43th Golden Horse Awards, and participated at the 11th Busan Int’l Film Festival. In 2008, THE END OF THE TUNNEL, won Best Short Film at the 10th Taipei Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 45th Golden Horse Awards. In 2012, his first feature film, TOUCH OF THE LIGHT, was nominated as Taiwan's official entry for the Academy Awards foreign language category. The same film has won him the Best New Director and FIPRESCI prize at the 49th Golden Horse Awards, as well as the Audience Choice Award, Best Actress at the 14th Taipei Film Festival, and the Audience Choice Award at Busan Int’l Film Festival.
Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Through filmmaking, I investigate these questions, contemplate the human condition, and try to find the essence of my subjects. This process is like a dance between two people whose life situations create stimulating conversations with each other.
Singing Chen is a filmmaker from Taiwan whose works span across documentary, fiction and film scores that express a long-time observation of contemporary society, characters, and their lives. She’s well known for her highly stylized and fast-paced works that focus on artistic and cultural issues. Following her early acclaimed feature films BUNDLED (2000), and GOD MAN DOG (2007), she has also produced fabulous documentaries, such as THE WALKERS (2014) and THE MOVING TENT (2018). Many of her pieces have been screened, nominated and won prizes at more than thirty international film festivals including at Berlin Film Festival, Busan Film Festival, Fribourg International Film Festival, Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Golden Horse Awards, Taipei film festival, Créteil International Women's Film Festival.