TAIWAN FILMFEST 2020//電影//開麥拉//

Special Screening

Days 日子

17:00 – 19:00, 8th October 2020 (Thursday), Screen 2, Cineworld, Edinburgh

Director Tsai Ming-Liang / 2020 / Taiwan / 127 mins


Under the pain of illness and treatment, Kang finds himself living the life of a drifter. He meets Non in a foreign land. They find consolation in each other before parting ways and carrying on with their days.

9 – 13 October 2020

This year the Taiwan Academy Film Festival in Scotland is taking place on Filmfest TV

Please click the link for the films: https://tv.festhome.com/festivaltv/taiwan-academy-film-festival-in-scotland

€3 for a single film; €10 for a Festival Pass


Detention 返校

Director John Hsu / 2019 / Taiwan / 103 mins













In 1962, a sense of desolation and tension permeate the society. Fang, a twelfth grader at Tsuihua Senior High School, falls in love with Zhang, a counselling teacher. Troubled by the problems at school and home, Fang feels that Zhang is the only person who understands her. Longing for freedom, Zhang forms a study group with his colleagues and students, including Yin and Wei. Reading the banned books allows them to be liberated for a brief moment but at the same time, they put their lives in great danger. One day, Zhang vanishes into thin air, and only Fang and Wei, an eleventh grader, remember him. Together, Fang and Wei start looking for the disappeared teacher but find the school gradually slipping out of the world they are familiar with. Then in a realm dominated by ghosts and spirits, the pair are forced to face the terrifying truth… 

 We Are Champions 下半場

Director Chang Jung-Chi / 2019 / Taiwan / 117 mins










Born into the bottom rungs of society, two teenage brothers with nothing but each other hope to change their fate through their love of basketball. Little brother Tung-hao joins an elite school and transforms into a dazzling superstar; big brother Hsiu-yu ends up on a ragtag squad about to be disbanded, finding an unexpected new brotherhood in his never-say-die teammates. Eventually, the brothers cross paths on their way to ultimate basketball glory — the HBL championship — where they will discover that some things are more important than winning.


Me and My Condemned Son 我的兒子是死刑犯

Director Lee Chia-hua / 2019 / Taiwan / 75 mins

Screening followed by Director’s Q&A

The film centres around three condemned prisoners who committed different crimes, with one still serving his sentence, one who has taken his own life in prison, and one already executed. Consisting of unembellished interviews and news footage, the film shows the director’s concern for the condemned prisoners and their families as human beings, examines the contemporary history of capital punishment in Taiwan, and furthermore questions the current judicial system.

12th October 2020 Synapses 那個我最親愛的陌生人

Director Change Tso-Chi / 2019 / Taiwan / 116 mins

There are many problems in the Zhang family, but one eventful summer changes many things. Zhang Junxiong is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and his condition weighs heavily on his wife Wang Feng and the rest of the family. Feng has mixed feelings about Jun-Xiong’s memory loss, in hope that he might forget his lover in the army. Meanwhile, their daughter, Xiao Meng is released on parole from a long prison term and struggles to reconnect with her illegitimate son, Ah Chuan, and her loose-cannon ex-boyfriend, Ah Wen. When Cheng-An who served in the army with Jun-Xiong visits the family, it makes Feng suspicious if Jun-Xiong really forgets about the past romance. Feng doesn’t want this past secret discovered by his daughter and grandson, but she also cannot relieve the pain from this forbidden secret.