Attention movie buffs! Taichung session of the Golden Horse Classic Film Festival - Voyage to Italy will kick off at Shin Kong Cinemas in Taichung on August 15, screening 38 realism films from 8 directors, and there will also be duplicates of rare films that will be debuted in Taiwan. Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee Tien-hsiang Wen hosted the movie selection guide lecture today (27th) to let movie fans catch a glimpse of the enthralling selection of films from the film festival. Information Bureau Director General Huang-sheng Wu also turned out to support the function, and he thanked the committee for hosting the Golden Horse Classic Film Festival in Taichung for the second year in a row, allowing the public to appreciate classic films. The pre-sale tickets will be available on July 31 in conjunction with a plethora of exclusive giveaways. All movie enthusiasts are invited to join the film fest.
Taichung Film Development Foundation (TFDF) collaborated with Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee to organize the Taichung session of the Golden Horse Classic Film Festival - Voyage to Italy during August 15-26 at the Shin Kong Cinemas in Taichung, screening 38 realism films from the 40s to the 60s directed by Italian film maestros such as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio De Sica, and Roberto Rossellini, etc., and there will also be duplicates of rare films that will be debuted in Taiwan.
Information Bureau conducted a movie selection guide lecture at the Shin Kong Cinemas in Taichung, inviting Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee Tien-hsiang Wen to unveil the captivating movie selections, attracting numerous avid moviegoers. Other guests including Information Bureau Director General Wu and TFDF CEO Ying-chih Lin also attended the function to promote the event.
According to Director-General Wu, he used to watch at least one film every week, so going to the movies was a routine for him. He not only watched movies at all major cinemas to observe the differences in screening quality but also learned to appreciate the depth and quality of each film. He thanked the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee and TFDF for staging the Golden Horse Classic Film Festival in Taichung for 2 consecutive years, so that film buffs in Taichung can gain further insight into Italian films and admire the classic works of maestros.
Director-General Wu also mentioned that Taichung has held the Taichung International Animation Festival for 5 straight years, while the Classic Film Festival has been elevated to the status of a city film festival to let the citizens appreciate classic masterpieces. In addition to the film festival, the Information Bureau has continued to expand film-related hardware and facilities; the Central Taiwan Film Studio in Wufeng is not only the largest film studio in the country but also boasts the unique wave pool used by Director Ang Lee to film Life of Pi. As a result, Taichung has become a film-friendly city offering exceptional hardware and software qualities, attracting domestic and international film production teams to come to Taichung for filming, thereby progressively transforming Taichung into a filming hub.
Serving the curator of this year's film festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee Tien-hsiang Wen commented that the Ingmar Bergman -The Centennial Retrospective film festival hosted together with Taichung City Hall last year was well received by the public. This year, the film festival has adopted the theme of Voyage to Italy, showcasing 38 classic movies by 8 Italian master directors from the 40s to the 60s. In particular, many of the movies are rare copies making their debut in Taiwan. Due to their longstanding history, 7 of the films are screened using 35mm reels, demonstrating their rarity.
CEO Wen expressed thanks to the Information Bureau and TFDF for their assistance in enabling movie fans in south Taiwan to experience the Golden Horse Classic Film Festival. He also thanked Shin Kong Cinemas in Taichung for providing the venue and equipment to facilitate the screening of these rare films.
According to TFDF CEO Ying-chih Lin, as a token of appreciation for the Taichung movie fans' support, the pre-sale ticket of the film festival costs NT$160, cheaper in comparison with Taipei. If you wish to see all 38 classic films, the pre-sale Super Film Buff Package available from July 17 is perfect for you, because you will be able to watch the films to your heart's content and enjoy 40% discount on the tickets. On top of that, you will also receive exclusive gifts.
In addition, 5 lectures will be held during the exhibition, inviting heavyweight film critics and scholars to engage in dialogues, including Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee Tien-hsiang Wen, film scholar Chien-yeh Huang, as well as veteran film critics Tsu-wei Lan, Hsiang-wen Tu, and Ping-hung Cheng, taking the audience into the world of classic Italian movies.
Pre-sale tickets for the Taichung session of the Golden Horse Classic Film Festival - Voyage to Italy will be available from 13:00 on July 31 along with exclusive giveaways. For more details on the activities, please browse the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival official website (http://www.goldenhorse.org.tw/), Facebook fan page, Instagram, or download the Golden Horse app. The exquisite program booklet is available free of charge at the locations disclosed in the website : https://www.tfdf.org.tw/news_show.php?id=73.