"The Road to Mandalay" (????) by Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Z (???) won the award for best international feature film at the 36th Amiens International Film Festival in France on Friday.
The last time a film by a Taiwanese director won an award at the festival was in 1992, when Ang Lee (??) won the Best First Film award at the festival with his film "Pushing Hands" (??).
"The Road to Mandalay" centers on the life and love of two illegal Burmese migrants, who struggle to survive in Thailand after fleeing the civil war in their country.
It is Midi Z's fourth feature film and a joint production of Taiwan, China, Myanmar, France and Germany. The film won the FEDEORA Award for Best Film at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in September.
After winning the award on Friday, the 33-year-old director thanked his eldest sister, who he said inspired the storyline of the film, as well as Taiwan.
"Without Taiwan, there would be no 'The Road to Mandalay,'" said Midi Z, who studied and began his film career in the country.
Wu Ke-xi (???), the lead actress in the film, said that "The Road to Mandalay" addresses universal issues that are occurring around the world.
"It is those people who are suffering that gave us strength, and brought our entire film crew together to complete the film," Wu said.
Born in 1982 in Myanmar, Midi Z studied film direction in Taiwan and graduated with his first short film, "Paloma Blanca," in 2006. The film has been screened at numerous film festivals.
His first feature film, "Return to Burma," was selected for the New Currents section at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
Midi Z's 2014 film "Ice Poison" (??) was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. The film won Best International Feature Film at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel