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Award-winning film 'Stray Dogs' to hit cinemas February
Central News Agency
2014-01-27 11:31 AM
Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) Director Tsai Ming-liang has finally given the nod for his film "Stray Dogs" to be shown in local cinemas, more than four months after it hit the spotlight at the Venice Film Festival. There will be 50 screenings of the award-winning movie in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung from Feb. 21 to March 2, according to its distributor Atom Cinema Co. These will be the only cinema screenings of the film in Taiwan, the distributor said. After that, the movie will be shown only in museums, it said. After years of struggle to make a breakthrough at the box office, the Taiwan-based Malaysian director decided last year to try something new, working with museums and art galleries to screen his films instead of relying solely on movie theaters. Tsai, who refuses to make commercial films, has long expressed frustration over popular tastes. "Stray Dogs" ("Jiao You" in Chinese) is about a homeless single father struggling to survive with his two children in Taipei. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival in September last year and earned Tsai the best director prize at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards in November. The film's lead actor, Lee Kang-sheng, also won best actor at the Golden Horse Awards and the Asia-Pacific Film Festival for his role as the single father who earns a pittance on the streets by holding up advertisement signs for a real estate development company. Tickets for the cinema showings of the movie are now available on tickets.books.com.tw. (By Christie Chen)
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