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Slow West goes east fast

John Maclean’s Twizel-shot Slow West is named one of 12 titles in competition at next month’s Taipei Film Festival.

Slow West

Slow West

The festival awards new talent through its competition line-up. Restricted to first or second features, it’s where Slow West is selected. The festival also awards local features. Out of competition, it offers strands common elsewhere, including filmmaker focus and midnight programmes.

Drawing a younger audience than many international film festivals, it has a more commercial focus than city’s Golden Horse festival, which is one of Asia’s most prestigious.

One local title makes the competition line-up, with a NT$600,000 (cNZ$25,000) prize on offer. The Furthest End Awaits is from Chiang Hsiu-chiung, who won the competition in 2010 with her documentary Let the Wind Carry Me.

Slow West won the World Dramatic prize at Sundance. Also heading to Taipei with a win under its belt is Thai director Jakrawak Nilthamrong’s Vanishing Point, which took Rotterdam’s Tiger Award early this year.

Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Muayad Alayan’s Love, Theft and Other Entanglements and Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon’s Seashore all played this year’s Berlinale.

The Taipei Film Festival runs 16 June – 16 July.

Taipei’s international competition line-up is:
Corrections Class, Ivan Tverdovsky, Russia
The Diary of A Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller, USA
The Furthest End Awaits, Chiang Hsiu Chiung, Taiwan, Japan
I Stay with You, Artemio Narro, Mexico
In Her Place, Albert Shin, Canada, South Korea
The Inseminator, Bui Kim Quy, Vietnam
The Kindergarten Teacher, Nadav Lapid, Israel, France
Love, Theft and Other Entanglements, Muayad Alayan, Palestine
Siti, Eddie Cahyono, Indonesia
Seashore, Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon, Brazil
Slow West, John Maclean, New Zealand, UK
Vanishing Point, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Thailand, Netherland

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