An Impossibly Small Object (David Verbeek) & Father to Son (Hsiao Ya-Chuan) Selected by the International Film Festival Rotterdam - Taipei Film Commission
The year of 2018 began with encouraging news about Taiwan cinema. On the shortlist of the 47 edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announced yesterday (January 3) appeared Father to Son
and An Impossibly Small Object
. The former is the latest output by Hsiao Ya-chuan who directed Taipei Exchanges
(2010). The latter is by the famous Dutch director David Verbeek who also wrote the scenario and played a role for this film; the shooting was fully supported by the Taipei Film Commission (TFC). Both films are nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
The production of An Impossibly Small Object
was subsidized by Taipei City Government’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs; its shooting was carried out smoothly with full assistance from TFC during July 2015. Shooting locations include Peppered Shrimp Restaurant in the East District of Taipei and its surrounding area, as well as Nan Ji Chang Apartment, the Rongxing Park area, Yongkang Street, etc. The film is also the first film entirely made in Taiwan by Verbeek, a fan of the country.
An Impossibly Small Object describes the chance encounter between a Dutch photographer and a girl on the streets in Taipei.（Courtesy: Flash Forward Entertainment）
The story of An Impossibly Small Object
recounts the chance encounter between a Dutch photographer and a little girl on the streets in Taipei. Their destinies are mysteriously associated through a photo. The story contains biographical elements of the filmmaker who also played in front of the camera for the first time. The role of the girl is played by child actress Lucia (famed for her role in Two Fathers
, a TV series). In the scenes where she reluctantly parts with her childhood boy partner, her performances are particularly captivating and refined. Other main players include legendary actress Lisa Lu (who won Golden Horse Awards three times) and Yen Yi-wen (Golden Bell Award for Best Actress). The film is expected to be released in Taiwan in April 2018.
The other nominated film Father to Son
is a sophisticated work by Hsiao Ya-chuan who directed Taipei Exchanges eight years ago. Father to Son
was selected into the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion in 2016 and obtained Taiwan’s Domestic Film Fund and a subsidy from Taoyuan City Government. The casting is striking, featuring almost all leading Taiwanese actors/actresses, like Michael JQ Huang, Fu Meng-po, Chuang Kai-hsun, Wen Chen-ling, Huang Jian-wei, Samuel K, Shao-hua Long, Daniel Chen, Lu Hsueh-feng, Pei-hsia Lai, Mei Fang, Liu Ka-shiang, Teddy Chen, etc. Additionally, Aria Wang, famous for Flower series
, played an important role again after years of retirement.
Hsiao Ya-chuan’s latest output Father to Son entered the competition of IFFR（Courtesy: Mirror Stage Films）
In Father to Son, Van Pao-te, now 60 years old, finds himself suffering from a serious illness, instead of getting treatment, he decides to go to Japan to look for his father who abandoned the family 50 years ago, with the accompany of his son. Meanwhile, a young man from Hong Kong who is somehow related to Van Pao-te’s past comes to Taiwan under Van’s influence. Two unknown journeys thus begin. The film’s world premiere will take place on January 30 at IFFR.
Films from Taiwan stood out in IFFR this year. In addition to An Impossibly Small Object
and Father to Son
entering its competition, The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful
(Golden Horse Award for the Best Feature Film) was selected into the “Voices” program . Besides, Re-rupture, a short film by Hsu Che-yu was selected into the “Bright Future” program The “Big Screen Award” of the 46th edition of IFFR will be voted by local professional cinephiles. The result will be announced on February 4. The award is worth €30,000 and the award-winning film will be assisted in distribution in the Netherlands.