French festival to assist Taiwan director on new film

Paris, Jan. 16 (CNA) A French film festival is set to assist Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z (???) on the production of his new film "The Road To Mandalay," (????) which centers on the life and love of two illegal immigrants in Thailand. The drama was selected out of five Taiwanese film projects to receive assistance by the Festival des 3 Continents (Three Continents Festival) in the French city of Nantes. The collaboration emerged after a two-day workshop in Paris, in which the Taiwanese directors, producers and screenwriters of the five film projects presented their works in search of co-production opportunities with their counterparts in France. The workshop was jointly organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture, the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion and France's Centre national du cin幦a et de l'image anim嶪 (CNC, The National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image). It was held from Jan. 15-16 at the CNC. Michel Plazanet, deputy director of European and international affairs at CNC, said the film cooperation between Taiwan and France can serve as a model for other countries.
Both sides see film as not only an industry, but art, Plazanet said. Midi Z's 2014 film "Ice Poison" (??) was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 22. The film centers on a poor Burmese farmer who is lured into selling crystal meth. It won Best International Feature Film at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival. The four other film projects that were presented at the Paris workshop are: Wang Ui-lin and Chan Ching-lin's drama "Double Fantasy" (??????); Shen Ko-Shang's drama "Songs of Siren" (????); Chuang Ching-shen's crime film "Surviving Hai" (??); and Yee Chih-yen's animation "City of Lost Things" (????). The films are currently at different stages of production. (By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Christie Chen)