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France – Taiwan Coproduction Workshop Paris 15-16 January 2015

p.1 The Road To Mandalay Midi Z p.3 Double Fantasy WANG Ui-Lin CHAN Ching-Lin p.5 Songs of Siren SHEN Ko-Shang p.7 Surviving Hai CHUANG Ching-Shen p.9 City of Lost Things YEE Chih-Yen

The Road To Mandalay Genre Drama / fiction Format Digital, colour Budget 604 930 €, secured 160 000 € Director and screenwriter Midi Z Producer Patrick Mao HUANG [email protected]

Synopsis

Director’s Statement

Lianqing and Guo meet when they smuggle into Thailand. Ever since Guo has taken Lianqing’s place at the back of the truck, their fates have been entwined.

Individuals who live in a group tend to constantly pursue the sense of security and existence. In society, what supports the sense of security is money, material comfort, jobs and papers. Furthermore, some people need spiritual comfort like the protagonists in the script – Guo needs love in order to prove his existence whereas Lianqing desperately needs “papers”.

They pass the checkpoints without much problem before arriving in Bangkok. Lianqing finds a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant while Guo works in a textile factory in the suburb. Guo really likes Lianqing, but Lianqing suppresses her feelings and focuses on getting a Thai ID card. They are two people with two contradictory personalities; however they seem to be bound by fate. Guo is always there for her; he is her lifeline.

How can people prove their existence? If we can’t provide any proof, to which group do we belong? To which country? To which ethnicity? In the end, Guo chooses destruction to emphasize and prove his existence.

Lianqing cannot be sure of her own existence until she gets the papers. Finally, she manages to buy herself an ID card. Meanwhile, Guo’s faith in Lianqing is diminishing rapidly; he feels insecure. When Lianqing gets hold of the ID card, their love is irreversibly doomed.

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Midi Z

Patrick Mao HUANG

Filmography of the Director

Filmography of the Producer

Midi Z is a Myanmar born Taiwan based filmmaker. In 2009 he entered Taipei Golden Horse Academy and learned from HOU Hsiao Hsien and Ang LEE. Since 2011, his three features – Return to Burma, Poor Folk and Ice Poison have been screened in Berlinale, Tribeca, Rotterdam, etc., all with rave reviews. Ice Poison won awards for the Best Film in Edinburgh and Best Director in Taipei Film Award. The Taipei Factory in which he participated was invited by Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. In 2014, La Rochelle paid him a tribute by screening his three features and three shorts.

Patrick Mao HUANG studied at the American Film Institute and Columbia University Graduate Film School. He founded production and distribution company Flash Forward Entertainment in 2002. His producing credits include feature films Ice Poison, Poor Folk, Return to Burma, Eternal Sunshine; documentaries Baseball Boys, The Pigeon Game, animation A Fish with a Smile and TV series Amour et Pâtisserie. His films have been selected in numerous festivals such as the Berlinale, Busan, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei Golden Horse, etc., and won numerous awards. He was also commissioned to act as the inaugural programmer for Kaohsiung and Taoyuan Film Festivals. Moreover, Ice Poison was selected as the official Taiwan entry for the 87th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Double Fantasy Genre Drama / fiction Format HD, colour Budget 899 410 € Directors and screenwriters WANG Ui-Lin CHAN Ching-Lin Producer LIAO Ching-Sung Contact WANG Ui-Lin [email protected]

Synopsis

Director’s Statement

Based on a true story.

When a Taiwanese grandma meets an old European hippie, neither Buddha nor Jesus can stop them!

Spring is a 65 year-old Taiwanese grandma who has been cheated on in her previous two marriages.

Love never sunsets.

George is a 70-year-old soft-rock hippie grandpa who comes from Europe, used to be in a very long term relationship and finally got dumped in his late 60s. Spring is living in Lukung - an urban township in the middle of Taiwan. She would rather suffer from loneliness than trust in love again until she visits her granddaughter in Taipei and meets George in a small coffee shop. Surprisingly, after Spring comes back home, George pursues her to LuKung. However, Spring can't take the uncertainty of love in her old age, especially when George is a foreigner and the love between them happens in such a conservative town. How could this relationship work if the two people are so old and have so many differences in nationality, culture, and language? “I’m just hoping for a person who could get me a glass of water when I cough at midnight” says Spring.

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WANG Ui-Lin

CHAN Ching-Lin

LIAO Ching-Sung

Filmography of the Directors

Filmography of the Producer

WANG Ui-Lin Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1980, Ui-Lin has made some shorts as a writer, director and animator. His short film The Blackout Village has won the Best Short Film in 2011 Taipei Film Festival, and has been selected for 2011 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.

LIAO began his career as a film editor in the 1970s and played key roles in Taiwan's New Wave Cinema movement through the 1980s. He also holds the post of producer of HOU Hsiao Hsien’s films like Cafe Lumiere and Three Times.

CHAN Ching-Lin Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1980, CHAN has made some shorts as a screen writer and director, including The Others, May I Keep Your Key? and The Walk Out. He was awarded the prize for Best Director at the 2013 Taipei Film Festival with his latest short film, A Breath From the Bottom which was also selected for the 2013 Rotterdam International Film Festival. From 2008 to 2014, Ching-Lin and Ui-Lin wrote and produced various short films together. They are now preparing their first feature film, Double Fantasy, which was awarded a prize for Best Screenplay in Taiwan and the Grand Prize at the 2012 Golden Horse Film Promotion Project (FPP).

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Songs of Siren Genre Drama / fiction Format 35mm, colour Budget 1 200 000 € Director and screenwriter SHEN Ko-Shang Producer Patrick Mao HUANG [email protected]

Synopsis

Director’s Statement

Ryan was born in the tropical rainforest in Malaysia. Since the moment he caught sight of his fellow villagers Lian and Lin making love by the water, he's forever haunted and troubled by his sexual desire until the day he dies.

To suppress one’s exploration of “sex” is so daunting that it feels as if one was forced to shut down his soul. Nevertheless, we always comfort ourselves with the great idea of “love”, telling ourselves that such a sacrifice is worth it.

In the local senior high school, everyone gossips about the transfer student Anna for having had a baby before. But destiny comes into it, and Ryan falls head over heels for this girl who has voluptuous breasts and sadness in her eyes. However, Anna vanishes into thin air after their first sexual encounter and leaves Ryan in total heartbreak.

This is my lament for youth. The protagonist’s life is forever haunted and troubled by his sexual desire. His teen years in which he fearlessly explores his sexuality are what I call, “the stage of wave-breaking”. The end of this stage and the enlightenment he has gained through it signify the transformation from the “beastly” love into “human” love. It is an idea of love that we take for granted, but that always hides a trace of sadness.

Later Ryan goes to university in Taiwan. As an outsider, he is invited to join Edward and his circle of friends. Together they have fun playing guitar, camping and making love. There, Ryan meets Kate and Eve, a pair of sophisticated sisters, who have been playing wicked love games. He helplessly falls into this ill-fated relationship.

Even if we all eventually come ashore, covering our ears with our hands, when we grow up, we will never forget the beautiful, pristine and yet fatal “songs of the siren” we have heard while drifting at sea in our youth.

Swimming in the sea of love, fate has Ryan spellbound by all the sirens he meets, and in their songs he strives to become a real man.

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SHEN Ko-Shang

Patrick Mao HUANG

Filmography of the Director

Filmography of the Producer

SHEN Ko-Shang started his career with Layover, selected by Cinéfondation at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, SHEN directed The Pigeon Game, a documentary commissioned by the National Geographic channel which aired in more than 160 countries. His feature documentary Baseball Boys won the Grand Prize of Taiwan International Documentary and competed at Visions. The 3-segment omnibus feature Juliets SHEN co-directed was selected by Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010. The other omnibus project 10+10 in which SHEN took part and produced by HOU Hsiao-Hsien had its premiere in the Panorama of the 2012 Berlinale. In 2013, SHEN’s documentary A Rolling Stone received Grand Prize of Taipei Film Award. Songs of Siren will be SHEN’s feature debut.

Patrick Mao HUANG studied at the American Film Institute and Columbia University Graduate Film School. He founded production and distribution company Flash Forward Entertainment in 2002. His producing credits include feature films Ice Poison, Poor Folk, Return to Burma, Eternal Sunshine; documentaries Baseball Boys, The Pigeon Game, animation A Fish with a Smile and TV series Amour et Pâtisserie. His films have been selected in numerous festivals such as the Berlinale, Busan, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei Golden Horse, etc., and won numerous awards. He was also commissioned to act as the inaugural programmer for Kaohsiung and Taoyuan Film Festivals. Moreover, Ice Poison was selected as the official Taiwan entry for the 87th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Surviving Hai Genre Drama, Crime / fiction Format Digital, B&W, Color Budget 1 330 965 € Screenwriter WANG Li-Wen Director CHUANG Ching-Shen Producer WANG Li-Wen [email protected]

Synopsis

Director’s Statement

How many times can a man die?

We have been living in lies.

Hai is an ordinary fisherman in Baoguang Village. His body is first discovered when the county magistrate leads the villagers to protest against the continuous pollution made by Tonglian Petrochemical Corporation. Hai is found dead with a note protesting against the pollution. It seems that he burned himself alive. When his suicide makes the headlines, the county magistrate manages to halt Tonglian’s operations. Subsequently the villagers regard Hai as the martyr who led the way to justice.

Taiwan is an island country but we build polluting factories and nuclear power plants along the coast and turn the sea into a dumping ground. There are no respects to the sea as we overfish and pump wastewater into it. “We’re a country built on the ocean”, the political slogan seems ever so ironic. I think that a derelict village is the perfect backdrop for a scandal crime drama. I only hope that the sea can be pristine and respected by people again.

Requested by prosecutor CHI Min-Chao, coroner CHOU Chien-Shen performs an autopsy. The post-mortem report shows that Hai died of asphyxiation long before he was burned. In other words, he didn’t commit suicide; in fact, he was killed. “Who killed Hai?” CHOU’s conclusion drops a bomb in the village. Later CHOU further identifies another cause of death. The causes of Hai’s death not only become more complicated but reveal more secrets. The ugly reality hidden underneath the surface is being scrutinized while the cruel fact of survival is being unveiled.

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CHUANG Ching-Shen

WANG Li-Wen

Filmography of the Director

Filmography of the Producer

CHUANG Ching-Shen has been working in film and television for years. His works include documentaries, shorts and TV films. He is known for capturing the extraordinary emotions of ordinary people. In 2005, he worked as the producer and cinematographer on Jump! Boys which won the Best Documentary Award at the Golden Horse Film Festival. His first short film, The Eighteen Birthday Party, won numerous domestic and international awards. CHUANG’s latest work is a TV film entitled The Barber Shop.

WANG Li-Wen works as a scriptwriter in film and television. In 2009, the script she wrote for 30 Seconds After was nominated for Best Script in Mini Drama Series at the Golden Bell Awards. In 2011, she co-wrote Jump Ashin! with LIN Yu-Hsien and WANG Kuo-Guang, and won the GIO award for Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards. In 2012, Forever Love, won the Best Screenplay Award at Taipei Film Festival. WANG’s latest work is the script of the crime movie, Surviving Hai, selected in the first edition of Kaohsiung Scriptwriter-in-Residence Project.

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City of Lost Things Genre Drama / Animation Format 35mm, Colour Budget 5 051 135 €, secured 280 160 € Director and screenwriter YEE Chih-Yen Producer LEE Lieh Contact Kevin CHANG [email protected]

Synopsis

Director’s Statement

At age of sixteen, deserted by his family, his school, even by the street gang he hung out with, Xiao Shu had no place to go but to escape to the City of Lost Things, the heaven for the unwanted.

To me, the most important thing about filmmaking is that you have something really important to say, to share with people. Otherwise, it is a waste of medium, time, money and people involved. Thus, I wrote City of Lost Things, which interprets recycling and saving environment through the idea of Samsara and rebirth. Maybe from now on we will see a plastic bag flowing in the street in a different light.

While enjoying his new identity, Xiao Shu met Ah Dai, a plastic bag, which, on the other hand, never regarded himself as unwanted and tries desperately to escape from the city to start a new life. In order to escape, Ah Dai needed Xiao Shu’s assistance. Unwilling to leave the city, Xiao Shu betrayed Ah Dai and confides their escape plan to the garbage armors which guard the city. The betrayal leads to Ah Dai’s arrest and to the death penalty. Ridden with guilt, Xiao Shu risks his own life to save Ah Dai from the incinerator and eventually escorts him to safety. Watching his friend Ah Dai embark upon a new journey, for the first time in his life, Xiao Shu starts to wonder when and where his own journey will start.

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YEE Chih-Yen

LEE Lieh

Filmography of the Director

Filmography of the Producer

Born in Taipei 1959. After graduating from National Cheng Chi University, he went to UCLA and got his MFA degree in film production in 1988. He has been writing and directing ever since, and his film works have been acknowledged and acclaimed worldwide, winning numerous awards. Important works include Blue Gate Crossing (2003), selected for Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight program and nominated for Best Asian Film in Hong Kong Film Awards, and Dangerous Mind (2007), awarded the award for Best TV Series in Taiwan Golden Bell Awards. City of Lost Things is YEE’s first attempt at writing and directing an animation feature.

Before becoming a film producer, LEE Lieh was a well-known actress in Asia. Orz Boyz (2008) is her first film as producer. A little gem about children’s friendship, which was not only a box-office hit but was widely acclaimed among audiences. Monga (2010), LEE’s second film, is a gangster movie which premiered in Berlin Film Festival and was also a huge hit. Her most recent produced project, Jump Ashin!, which was released in August, 2011 gained much acclamation as well. With her vision and sense in marketing, LEE has proven herself not only a celebrated actress but also an outstanding producer.

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