TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese singer Ann Bai (白安) and the group Cicada received a special mention at the Film Fest Gent festival in Belgium for their soundtrack for the movie “The Last Painting” (自畫像), reports said Tuesday.
The movie festival in the university town of Ghent is usually focused on music, with awards for soundtracks and composers.
While the Taiwanese movie is not taking part in any competition and will be shown in the “Global Cinema” section, its presence on the official website with a mention of the composers nevertheless pays a tribute to their creativity, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported.
The title song of the movie, “The Sky Before The Sunset” (太陽落下以前的天空), was written by rock band Fire EX. (滅火器) lead singer Sam Yang (楊大正).
The festival’s website quotes Screen Daily describing the movie by Chen Hong-I (陳宏一) as a “torrid but intelligently offbeat hybrid, Taipei-set murder mystery.” It “vaguely resembles a collaboration between De Palma and Greenaway, if they happened to have recent Taiwanese politics high on their conceptual agenda. At moments graphically grisly, at others sexually raunchy,” Screen Daily writes.
The movie will have three screenings at the October 10-20 film fest.