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30 Films you shouldn’t miss at the 57th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Part 3)

We present the last part of our list of films that you shouldn’t miss at the 57th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, which will take place from November 5th – 22nd (2020) in Taipei, Taiwan.

About the festival:
The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (TGHFF) is the largest film festival in Taiwan. Starting in 1980 as a non-competitive showcase, TGHFF aims at introducing prominent cinema from around the world, in order to promote cinema as an art form and to enhance intercultural understanding through cinema.

Critically acclaimed filmmakers who have visited TGHFF throughout the years include Abbas Kiarostami, Hal Hartley, Atom Egoyan, Olivier Assayas, François Ozon, Theo Angelopoulos, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Nicolas Winding Refn, Cristian Mungiu, Denis Villeneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Leos Carax. Renowned Asian filmmakers such as Nagisa Oshima, Morita Yoshimitsu, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Yasmin Ahmad, Shunji Iwai, Kim Ki-duk, Lee Chang-dong, Hirokazu Koreeda, Brillante Mendoza, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul also have attended the festival.

Selected Films:

Me and My Condemned Son by Lee Chia-hua – Taiwan | 2019 – 75 minutes
Section: Golden Horse Awards Nominated Films

The film centres around three condemned prisoners who committed different crimes, with one still serving his sentence, one who has taken his own life in prison, and one already executed. Consisting of unembellished interviews and news footage, the film shows the director’s concern for the condemned prisoners and their families as human beings; moreover, it examines the contemporary history of capital punishment in Taiwan and questions the current judicial system. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 9th, 2020 (Monday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 17 | 15:20 pm
November 14th, 2020 (Saturday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 15 | 12:50 pm (Q&A)

Trailer:

Mekong 2030 by Anocha Suwichakornpong, Kulikar Sotho, Anysay Keola, Sai Naw Kham, Pham Ngoc – Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam | 2020 – 93 minutes – Section: Windows on Asia

Mekong 2030 is a film anthology comprising five short stories that envision the future of the Mekong River from different cultural perspectives. Set in the year 2030, it aims to inspire audiences to actively protect this critical life source. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 7th, 2020 (Saturday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 17 | 15:00 pm
November 10th, 2020 (Tuesday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 17 | 17:40 pm
November 12th, 2020 (Thursday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 17 | 21:40 pm

Mickey on the Road by Lu Mian-mian – Taiwan | 2020 – 95 minutes
Section: Golden Horse Awards Nominated Films

Best friends Mickey and Gin Gin are scraping by in southern Taiwan. When Gin Gin plans a rendezvous with Jay in Guangzhou, China, Mickey goes along, hoping to track down her missing father. Immediately, they find themselves immersed in China’s lawlessness and betrayal but also lured by new desires and pleasures. Through misadventures, the rascally naive pair seem to mature overnight. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Date:
November 11th, 2020 (Wednesday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 17 | 19:10 pm (Q&A)
November 17th, 2020 (Tuesday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 17 | 15:10 pm

Trailer:

My Missing Valentine by Chen Yu-hsun – Taiwan | 2020 – 119 minutes
Section: Golden Horse Awards Nominated Films

Hsiao-chi does everything so quickly that she’s always one step ahead of others. She works in the post office and a bus driver comes to post a letter every day. Hsiao-chi is turning thirty soon and longs for love. Finally, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, a hot guy asks her out. But to her astonishment, she wakes up the next morning and finds that the Valentine’s Day has mysteriously passed…. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 7th, 2020 (Saturday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 13 | 19:00 pm (Q&A)

Trailer:

Reclaim by CJ Wang – Taiwan | 2020 – 124 minutes
Section: Chinese Global Vision | World Premiere

She is a good woman living a fulfilling life. Or so it seems. A caring mother, a capable housewife and a successful career woman, she looks after her mother with dementia on her own. What she needs is a little more space but somehow, she just can’t find any. She decides to buy a house since she believes that a bigger place will make her family happy. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Date:
November 14th, 2020 (Saturday) | MUVIE TITAN | 18:20 pm (Q&A)
November 16th, 2020 (Monday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 13 | 13:00 pm

Trailer:

Rom by Tran Thanh Huy – Vietnam | 2019 – 79 minutes
Section: Windows on Asia

Everyone in the old apartment block is in debt. The residents gamble, hoping to keep their homes. 14-year-old Ròm works as bookie and helps the residents win. Phúc kidnaps Ròm and takes all of the bets. When Ròm finally comes back, the creditors threaten that if their debts are not paid off, they will take the apartments. Now it’s up to Ròm to save the tenants. Can he save them again? (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 8th, 2020 (Sunday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 12 | 13:40 pm (No English Subtitles)
November 12th, 2020 (Thursday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 12 | 13:40 pm (No English Subtitles)

Trailer:

Shara by Kawase Naomi – Japan | 2003 – 100 minutes
Section: Filmmaker in Focus

The Aso family live in Nara. At the Jizo Festival, Kei, one of the Asos’ twin boys, suddenly disappears. Five years later. Seventeen-year-old Shun, the remaining twin, is a high school student. Shun and his childhood friend Yu share a tentative attraction, but they are awkward around each other. Shun and Yu and their families all carry emotional burdens. One day, Yu finds out the secret of her birth and Shun learns what became of his brother. With their losses concealed in their hearts, Shun and Yu are about to make a move forward in their lives. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 20th, 2020 (Friday) | Shin Kong Cinemas 1 | 20:30 pm (No English Subtitles)
November 21st, 2020 (Saturday) | Shin Kong Cinemas 1 | 11:00 am (No English Subtitles)

Trailer:

The Silent Forest by Ko Chen-nien – Taiwan | 2020 – 104 minutes
Section: Golden Horse Awards Nominated Films

Deaf teenager Chang Cheng transfers to a school for children with special needs. However, the world of the hearing-impaired doesn’t seem quiet at all. When Chang witnesses the “game” taking place on the school bus, his excitement about blending into a new environment turns into fear. Chang debates with himself on whether he should reveal the cruel truth about the game or join in. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 13th, 2020 (Friday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 17 | 12:40 pm
November 19th, 2020 (Thursday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 13 | 18:40 pm (Q&A)

Trailer:

True Mothers by Kawase Naomi – Japan | 2020 – 140 minutes
Section: Filmmaker in Focus

When a long painful fertility treatment failed, Satoko and her husband Kiyokazu chose to adopt. Six years after adopting a boy who they named Asato, Satoko is living a peaceful life with her family. But one day, a woman called Hikari phones Satoko, asking Satoko to give her son back to her. Hikari is Asato’s birth mother who Satoko met six years ago. She was 14 years old back then, but when Hikari visits Satoko, Satoko instinctively feels that she is not Hikari. Who is she then? When Hikari’s shocking past is revealed, what will Satoko do? (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 8th, 2020 (Sunday) | MUVIE TITAN | 18:40 pm
November 10th, 2020 (Tuesday) | MUVIE TITAN | 13:20 pm

Trailer:

Zokki by Takenaka Naoto, Yamada Takayuki, Saitoh Takumi – Japan | 2020 – 113 minutes – Section: Windows on Asia | International Premiere

A woman has many secrets and keeps them like treasures. With no destination, a man heads south on a bike. A boy, who has no sisters, is in trouble when his friend told him that he likes his sister. A young man recalls a strange experience he had with his father who disappeared. A young boy discovers an incident that happened in a country across the sea. Zokki is a collection of random stories. (TGHFF 2020)

Screening Dates:
November 10th, 2020 (Tuesday) | MUVIE TITAN | 10:50 am
November 14th, 2020 (Saturday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 13 | 21:50 pm
November 18th, 2020 (Wednesday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 13 | 16:10 pm
November 21st, 2020 (Saturday) | Vie Show Taipei Hsin Yi 13 | 19:10 pm

To see the 1st part of this publication, go here: PART 1
To see the 2nd part of this publication, go here: PART 2

For more information about the festival and the programme please visit the official website here: https://www.goldenhorse.org.tw/film/about/overview

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