A selection of several films from the province of Quebec in Canada are being showcased at this year's Kaohsiung Film Festival, giving Taiwanese audiences an opportunity to learn more about the diverse cultures shown in the movies.
The films, including five features and eight shorts, are among the offerings at the festival, one of the biggest film festivals in Taiwan, according to the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.
Compared with films from other parts of Canada, "Quebec films are very distinctive" and the film industry there is more dynamic, said Vanessa-Tatjana Beerli of the Montreal-based Cine Tapis Rouge, an organization dedicated to promoting film exchanges between Quebec and other countries.
She hoped that showing the Quebec films in Taiwan will not only give Taiwanese audiences the chance to watch the films but will also spark their interest in watching more films from Quebec, she said.
Beerli, who is on her first visit to Taiwan, has been coordinating with the organizers of the festival to bring the films to Taiwan. In an interview with CNA, she also expressed hope that there will be continued film exchanges in the future.
One of the short films being shown is "Ferraille," directed by Renaud Lessard and Jonathan Beaulieu-Cyr.
The 13-minute film depicts the story of a young man living in the countryside of Quebec, who keeps his head above water thanks to his work as a scrap dealer. He later meets up with a friend he has not seen for several years and has been trying to improve his life after their encounter, Lessard told CNA.
The film is based on a true story, the director said.
Although "the film focuses on a specific reality in the countryside" in Quebec, it also touches upon some universal feelings, he said, expressing hope that the film will help audiences in Taiwan learn more about Quebec and touch their hearts.
This year's Kaohsiung Film Festival is running from Oct. 21 to Nov. 6 at five main venues in Kaohsiung and Taipei, showing more than 200 films from home and abroad, the organizers said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel