Taiwanese films to be screened at Berlin film festival

Berlin, Jan. 28 (CNA) Two Taiwanese films -- "Paradise in Service (????)" and "Thanatos, Drunk (?.???)" -- will be screened at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, which will take place Feb. 5-15. The two films are part of a lineup of 34 films from 29 countries that have been selected for the festival's "Panorama" program, which is designed to provide insights into contemporary world cinema. "Paradise in Service," by director Doze Niu (???) is a coming-of-age story set in the 1960s. It follows the adventures of a young conscript as he arrives in Taiwan's outlying island county of Kinmen to begin his military service. The conscript is eventually transferred to work in Unit 831, the codename for the Republic of China's frontline brothels, where he encounters a range of characters and develops friendships with the people there. "Thanatos, Drunk" by director Chang Tso-chi (???) follows the story of two brothers, one straight and one gay, as they struggle to find a foothold in life. The film touches on parent-child, sibling and gay love. Wieland Speck, a German filmmaker who coordinates the Panorama program, told CNA that he visits Taiwan to select films each year. "Paradise in Service" does not shy away from pointing out the existence of military brothels in Taiwan, while "Thanatos, Drunk" is a touching story about the struggles of a mother and her two sons, Speck said. Unit 831 has long remained a topic that the ROC military is unwilling to address. A Taiwanese movie party will be hosted Feb. 7 in Berlin. (By Lillian Lin and Christie Chen)