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Taiwanese film included in Italy-sponsored cultural promotion program
Central News Agency
2013-03-25 10:29 PM
Taipei, March 25 (CNA) A Taiwan-made film featuring a series of stories set against the backdrop of the 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami in Japan will make its debut in London Tuesday, as part of a worldwide tour, the movie's director said Monday. The 94-minute movie "Father's Lullaby" is one of the few movies selected in a program sponsored by Italy's culture ministry to be shown in different areas to promote transnational cultural exchanges, said Simon Chang. The film depicts the stories of two interns at a hospital in Taipei -- one from Taiwan and the other from Japan -- and the people around them. It portrays encounters following the disaster, when Japan was hit by the magnitude 9 earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011. In the film, the Japanese intern Masahiro is panicking because he cannot contact his sister in Japan, while the Taiwanese intern Lily is dedicated to taking care of a child suffering from domestic violence. Another highlight in the movie is Masahiro's interaction with a Japanese girl who happens to call him by mistake. The girl, who suffers a rare disease and is dying, mistakes him as her father. The encounter triggers Masahiro to rethink the meaning of life. The movie, which hit the cinemas in Taiwan last year, was also shown in Japan to mark the first anniversary of the March 11 disaster. Under the program by Italy's cultural ministry, the acclaimed film will be screened in Hong Kong in May and in Ireland in September, Chang said. It has been shown in Italy and Russia, he added. Chang's work was chosen to represent Asia because of its deep humanitarian flavor, according to Luigi Campanile, executive director of the Salento International Film Festival. Salento International Film Festival is devoted to international independent cinema and is known for its attention to contemporary cultural expression. (By Elaine Hou and S.C. Chang)
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