Cheng, Tian to open Golden Horse fest

Festival to run concurrent with film financing market

HONG KONG -- Taiwan’s own Cheng Wen-tang and China’s Tian Zhuangzhuang will share opening duties at the 2009 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Cheng with crime investigation drama “Tears” and Tian with fantasy adaptation “The Warrior and the Wolf."

The festival will be held from November 5-26, concurrently with film financing market Taipei Golden Horse Film and TV Film Production Promotion on November 24-26, and conclude with the 46th Golden Horse Awards on November 28.

FTPP will give US$300,400 of production funding to one of the 25 finalists among this year’s selections, including upcoming project “Sky” from Leon Dai, director of Taiwan’s official candidate for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti," and feature debut “Shuffle” by John Hsu, who at 27 years old is the youngest among the FTPP filmmakers this year. 

Others include the new generation of directors behind the recent revival of Taiwanese cinema, such as Yang Ya-Che, helmer of last year’s Taiwanese hit “Orz Boys”; Cheng Fen-fen, who made “Hear Me,” a romance set against the backdrop of the Deaflympics, held this year in Taipei; indie hit “Parking” director Chung Mong-hong; and Lin Jing-Jie, director of Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week award winner “The Most Distant Course."  Filmmakers from China will also present their new projects at the market, including Joshua Tong (“Twilight Dancing”) with “The Visitor,” Pan Bao-Chang with “The Crazy Will," Guang Hu with “Design of Death" and Tibetan director Wanma Caiden with “An Everlasting Day."

The film financing market highlights 3D technology in this year’s selection, such as 3D feature “Illumination” by Taiwan filmmakers Yao Hung-I and Liang Ching-Sheng, and 3D animation

“Granny Neo” by Singaporean Jack Neo. Discarding its “Mandarin-language only” rule, FTPP will also showcase English-language project “Best Friend” by Chinese director Zheng Wai and Korean producer Seong Jun; “Ma Ma, Hu Hu,” from Israeli director Micha Kinsbruner; and “The Shadow Man," French helmer Lorenzo Recio’s fanasty set in Taiwan.

The Golden Horse festivities will close with the 46th Golden Horse Awards, nominations will be announced on October 7.