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Check out tomorrow’s (14 October) program 09:30 The Priestess Walks Alone 10:40 Heibei Taipei 12:12-12:40 Post-screen conversation with Dr Chris Yuan 13:30 Absent without Leave 15:10 Jade Miners 16:54-17:30 Post-screen conversation with Dr Patrick Jory 18:00 Three Times Highlights: #1 The Priestess Walks Alone / Huang Hui-chen / Keyword: LGBT The Priestess Walks Alone (54’) is a documentary film that follows a daughter’s attempt to forgive her mother, a lesbian priestess in Taiwanese funeral ceremonies, and find salvation for the both of them. For the last 25 years, Hui-chen harbors a shameful family secret. Equally, Hui-chen’s mom Anu holds onto her own painful past. Now as a mother herself, Hui-chen must summon the courage and strength to not only face her own demons, but also help Anu rid of the stigma and shame that has haunted them for a lifetime. “Every family has their untold stories or secrets. But it isn’t so much the stories that hurt the family. It’s the unwillingness or inability to talk about them that brings more pain. I’m choosing to tell my story; because only by talking about it will I actually begin to heal,” says Hui-chen Huang. --Diana Chiawen Lee #2 Jade Miners / Midi Z Myanmar-born, Taiwan-based filmmaker Midi Z continues to probe his birth country's ongoing trauma with a documentary about laborers digging for gems on dangerous terrain. Having finally attained his long-deserved breakthrough last year with the Berlinale-bowing, Golden Horses-nominated narco-drama Ice Poison, Midi Z 's follow-up is a slight step sideways. A feature-length documentary comprising just 20 shots during its 104-minute runtime, Jade Miners is an austere piece illustrating the titular laborers at work and at rest: they dig, they eat, they sleep, and then it's back to some more drilling and digging again. -- Clarence Tsui #3 Three Times / Hou Hsiao-hsien The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century so Far. Selected by The New York Time. Barry Jenkins talks about “Three Times,” one of the inspirations for his drama “Moonlight,” winner of the 2017 Oscar for best picture. Please join us tomorrow!
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One day to go! Are you ready for 2017 Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane? Hey folks, 2017 Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane is coming tomorrow! You’ll have to wait for at least another YEAR if miss this one! Have you made up your mind which film(s) to go? If not, let us tell you more about the festival. This year’s festival approaches historical, cultural, and societal specificities in Southeast Asian societies, such as indigenous issue, history in the colonial period, environmental problems, gender movement, war memory, etc. through the lenses of Taiwan. Celebrating the similarities between Taiwan and Australia in terms of social, cultural, and economic development, the festival demonstrates the genuine concern of the two societies— ordinary people and their everyday life. The festival also proudly presents a public forum, Documenting History, Approaching Asia: Taiwan Style, with Professor John Fitzgerald, Dr Patrick Jory, Associate Professor Morris Low and Emeritus Professor Chwei-Liang Chiou. Besides, to make the weekend even more knowledgeable and captivating, there will be post-screen conversations with Dr Chris Yuan, who probes into the gender issue and war memory after the screening of The Priestess Walks Alone and Heibei Taipei, and with Dr Patrick Jory, who provides insights drawn from his decadal research on Southeast Asian history after the screening of Absent without Leave and Jade Miners. Please check out and download the 2017 Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane Guide: https://goo.gl/cEW278 Please check out our website to have a taste of this year’s fascinating films: http://2017tffb.weebly.com And don’t forget to bring your friends and yourself to join us and enjoy the films. See you guys tomorrow and Saturday!
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Does any film of this year’s festival still linger in your memory?
Come tell us your fabulous experiences of 2017 Taiwan film festival and get a free iconic bag or T-shirt!
Please write down your feedback & PM us in English or Mandarin-
1. Your favorite film of this year’s festival
2. How you feel about the festival...
3. What kind of films you’d like to watch in the next year
We’ll post the most interesting feedbacks on the Facebook page. Once your feedback(s) are selected, you’ll get a free bag or a T-shirt of the 2017 Taiwan film festival!

今年影展中哪部片讓你回味無窮呢?
與我們分享你的觀影感想並獲得影展帆布包或T恤!
請用中文或英文寫下心得並私訊我們:
1. 今年影展中你最喜歡的影片
2. 參與影展的感想
3. 明年你想看甚麼片子
我們將選出最有趣的觀影感想並在臉書專頁上分享。觀影感想一經採用將獲得影展帆布包一個或T恤一件!

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Many thanks to you all to join the opening ceremony of 2017 Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane on 13 October 2017 at the Schonell Theatre of the University of Queensland.

Photos by Mr Gilbert Yang (thank you!)

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籌劃五個月,歷經兩天共放映八部台灣電影與紀錄片的電影節,順利落幕了。影展期間說了很多話,卻感到依然還有很多話想說,就在這裡跟大家分享。

當閉幕片「最好的時光」結束,外面遽然下起大雨,多位志工跟來觀賞的觀眾卻還在等著,並幫忙收拾,我心中很多感觸,謝謝這一路走來,讓我不孤單的您們,以及這兩天前來觀賞電影的觀眾們,真心期待明年有機會再見。

我不是專業的電影工作者或是策展人,因緣際會參與籌備了兩次的台灣電影節,在沒有經費跟團隊的情況下,很多挑戰與困難自不在話下。第一項挑戰是我們的電影節專門推廣紀錄片,坦白講多少難免擔心觀眾的接受度,但還好兩年下來已經吸引上千名觀眾的觀影,今年有許多觀眾是延續去年來的,更有四成的觀眾是澳洲友人。紀錄片的發展考驗一個社會的開放度跟成熟度,過去十年台灣紀錄片的發展,證明公民社會已經趨向成熟,可以包容與討論各種不同的社會議題與歷史,這一點也是未來影展希望可以繼續推廣的方向。

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第二項挑戰是無法言喻的外在壓力,我私心以為這電影節只是文化活動,然而到最後,我得承認我太小看現實的環境了。不過,澳洲畢竟尚是一個自由民主的國家,謝謝澳洲同事友人以及昆大電影院的協助與幫忙,讓這次影展圓滿完成。

兩次的影展最讓我動人的是前輩朋友們的支持,除了一群在布里斯本就讀的台灣志工外,這次影展先要感謝駐布里斯本台北經濟與文化辦事處的支持,向外交部爭取場地費用,也要謝謝本次舉辦電影節的場地Schonell 電影院,更給予最大幅度的折扣。同時也要謝謝台灣電影工具箱、財團法人國家電影中心、台灣紀錄片資料庫等協助影片版權以及選片等諮詢。其他電影節相關的資金籌措,特別要感謝「台灣在澳協會」、「昆士蘭台灣同鄉會」、「昆士蘭日報」、「世界多元文化藝術協會」、「錦紅實業股份有限公司」、「裕峰集團」、「有成起重行」、「原統輪胎企業社」以及「裕聯國際」等伸出援手,更要謝謝陳春龍委員、林俊廷委員、 陳文龍委員、余謙謀先生等解囊相助,讓我不至於需要變賣家當來辦影展。

最後,我想藉由這個機會感謝邱垂亮教授與夫人在兩次影展期間的相挺與鼓勵,因為有他們在幕後的無私相助,才會有這兩次的影展。

「最好的時光」中一開場的音樂是‘Rain and tears’,該首的最後唱到:

Rain and tears (are) all the same
But in the sun you got to play the game

影展帶來的淚水與最後的雨水,都將過去,在陽光下,我們繼續往前走。

在影展期間伸出援手的前輩朋友們,謝謝您們,我永誌在心。

郭美芬 (2017布里斯本台灣電影節召集人)16.10.2017

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Thanks for your participation in 2017 Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane. We hope you enjoyed these documentaries and films. See you ~~~

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Dr Patrick Jory’s post-screen conversation on Absent without Leave and Jade miners.

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Please write your best moment in your life below and come to join the 2017 Taiwan Film Festival. You will have a chance to get the free T-shirt after “Three Times”

留言寫下你的最好時光,晚上六點來看《最好的時光》,電影放映後我們會抽獎送影展限量T。

“Three Times” is showing at 6pm.

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本日大放送!每場前十名觀眾打卡、發照片,送影展紀念T!

Hello everyone. We would like to invite you to join us today. Today we offer ten FREE LIMITED EDITION T-shirt for each film. Just come and take a photo with our banner. Then check in 2017 Taiwan Film Festival, post your photo and show it to our reception. A free limited edition T-shirt is yours!!! What are you waiting for?? Hurry up ang come to join us. We look forward to seeing you at Schonell theatre!!!

Check in 2017 Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane and post your photo,

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Taiwan documentary director — Huang Hui-chen’s “Small Tall” submitted for Oscar’s Best Foreign-Language Category. The first movie of today — “The Priestess Walks Alone” is another version of “Small Talk”. Please come to watch this documentary at 9:30am.

http://m.focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201710060012.aspx

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) The documentary "Small Talk" (日常對話), directed by Taiwanese Huang Hui-chen (黃惠偵), has been entered by Taiwan to compete for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language film category next year.
focustaiwan.tw

Check out tomorrow’s (14 October) program
09:30 The Priestess Walks Alone
10:40 Heibei Taipei
12:12-12:40 Post-screen conversation with Dr Chris Yuan
13:30 Absent without Leave...
15:10 Jade Miners
16:54-17:30 Post-screen conversation with Dr Patrick Jory
18:00 Three Times

Highlights:
#1 The Priestess Walks Alone / Huang Hui-chen / Keyword: LGBT
The Priestess Walks Alone (54’) is a documentary film that follows a daughter’s attempt to forgive her mother, a lesbian priestess in Taiwanese funeral ceremonies, and find salvation for the both of them. For the last 25 years, Hui-chen harbors a shameful family secret. Equally, Hui-chen’s mom Anu holds onto her own painful past. Now as a mother herself, Hui-chen must summon the courage and strength to not only face her own demons, but also help Anu rid of the stigma and shame that has haunted them for a lifetime.
“Every family has their untold stories or secrets. But it isn’t so much the stories that hurt the family. It’s the unwillingness or inability to talk about them that brings more pain. I’m choosing to tell my story; because only by talking about it will I actually begin to heal,” says Hui-chen Huang.
--Diana Chiawen Lee

#2 Jade Miners / Midi Z
Myanmar-born, Taiwan-based filmmaker Midi Z continues to probe his birth country's ongoing trauma with a documentary about laborers digging for gems on dangerous terrain.

Having finally attained his long-deserved breakthrough last year with the Berlinale-bowing, Golden Horses-nominated narco-drama Ice Poison, Midi Z 's follow-up is a slight step sideways. A feature-length documentary comprising just 20 shots during its 104-minute runtime, Jade Miners is an austere piece illustrating the titular laborers at work and at rest: they dig, they eat, they sleep, and then it's back to some more drilling and digging again.
-- Clarence Tsui

#3 Three Times / Hou Hsiao-hsien
The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century so Far. Selected by The New York Time.
Barry Jenkins talks about “Three Times,” one of the inspirations for his drama “Moonlight,” winner of the 2017 Oscar for best picture.

Please join us tomorrow!

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Thanks for your coming today! Hope you enjoyed today’s movies, forum and documentaries. Please leave your comments of today’s program and we are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Coming up, Taivalu.
Come to join us and watch this environmental documentary!

Start from 7pm at Cinema 2, Schonell Theatre.

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​ 沈沒之島 Taivalu ​ 19.00-20.18 13 OCT
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Coming up, Viva Tonal: the Dance Age!

Starting from 4:30pm at Cinema 2, Schonell Theatre. Please come to join us to watch this musical documentary.

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​ 跳舞時代 Viva Tonal 16.30-18.16 13 OCT
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Forum: Documenting History, Approaching Asia: Taiwan Style.

Host: Dr Mei-fen Kuo
Speakers:
- Prof. John Fitzgerald...
- Emeritus Prof. Chwei-Laing Chiou
- A/Prof. Morris Low
- Dr Patrick Jory

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