'Disgrace' acclaimed at Taiwan fest

South African drama takes top award in Taipei

HONG KONG -- "Disgrace," the South African post-Apartheid drama directed by Australia's Steve Jacobs, Friday won the New Talent Competition at the Taipei Film Festival in Taiwan.

The John Malkovich-starring picture was praised by the jury for its "profound insight in contemporary political conflicts as well as in the resulting conflicts of the human soul and in the truly mastery way in which this insight is revealed through unforgettable scenes of great cinema."

Local film "Parking" ("Ting Che") by Chung Mong-hong won the competition's Special Jury Prize and was lauded for its innovative storytelling.

"The Maid" by Sebastian Silva (Chile), "The Dark Harbour" by Takatsugu Naito (Japan) and "Breathless" by Yang Ik-june (South Korea) won special mentions.

"Yang Yang," a Taiwanese drama about cultural identity, won the audience prize. The picture was directed by Cheng Yu-chieh and had its festival premiere in Berlin's panorama section in February.

The festival will announce another series of prizes for Taiwan films when it closes on Sunday.