Taiwanese film nominated at Busan International Film Festival

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Taiwanese film "(Sex) Appeal" has been nominated for an award in the New Currents section at the 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. The 107-minute film directed by Wang Wei-ming "is an admirable work that digs into the complex and subtle psychology of people who are connected to the process of solving a rape case that happened at a university," the festival's official website said. "This honor belongs to everyone," Wang said after learning of the news. "Hopefully the nomination and the later release in Taiwan can allow more people to know about the movie as well as the topic and the positive message we're trying to convey." The film will be shown in Taiwan beginning on Oct. 24. Vivian Hsu, who starred in the movie, was also pleased by the nomination, saying that the movie "plays a very important role and serves as a new start" in her career. The BIFF New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films in the New Currents section, which screens the first or second works of new Asian directors. A grand prize of US$30,000 is awarded to each film. The BIFF, which runs from Oct. 2 to 11, will announce category winners on the festival's final day. This year, "Paradise in Service" by Taiwanese actor/director Doze Niu was chosen as the opening film. Taiwan will have a strong presence at the festival. Tsai Ming-liang's award-winning "Journey to the West" and Chienn Hsiang's "Exit" will be featured in the festival's "A Window on Asian Cinema" category, while Matt Wu's "Stairway" and Wang Hsi-chieh's "Rowboat" will make their world premieres in the event's "Wide Angle" section. (By James Lee)