Will You Still Love Film Tomorrow: Sharing by Arvin Chen

23/3 (Sun) / 2pm / agnès b. CINEMA / 90′ / Conducted in English and supplemented with Mandarin / Free Admission

One of the most promising young Taiwanese director, Arvin Chen is perhaps best known for his recent feature Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, a rom-com featuring with a taste of magical realism, and his debut feature, Au Revoir Taipei. He indeed has produced some great shorts, most notably Mei (2006) which won the Silver Bear for the best short film at Berlinale, and Lane 256 (2011) in 10+10 which was a project initiated by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Chen will share with ifva audience stories behind his creations, and clips from these short films will be screened.

Hosted By:
Maggie Lee
Senior Asia Film Critic, US entertainment industry publication Variety

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Mei
Taiwan / 2006 / Col / 11′ 00″

Mei’s father runs a noodle stall at one of the night markets in Taipei. Mei always dreams to emigrate to the States, and her only worry is her widowed father. A boy who works at the stall, hopelessly in love with her, promises to take her place and take care of her father. How would Mei choose between love and dream? Arvin Chen’s graduation project at film school triumphed at the Berlinale and he took home the Silver Bear for the best short film in 2007.


LANE 256
Taiwan / 2011 / Col / 5′ 00”

A young couple, soon to be married, moves into their new apartment in a narrow lane. Workers cannot move their washing machine up to the top floor through the narrow staircase, so they can only use a crane to lift it from the ground. But the workers are so clumsy that the washing machine just hangs in the air, as if it can fall any time. That hanging machine reminds the couple of their own unsettling relationship… Lane 256 is part of 10+10, a project comprising 20 short films commissioned by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.


The Director
Arvin Chen

Arvin Chen, one of the promising young directors working in Taiwan and Greater China, he apprenticed under renowned Taiwanese director Edward Yang (Yiyi) before studying at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His thesis film Mei won the 2007 Silver Bear in the Berlin International Film Festival’s Short Film Competition. Chen then went on to shoot his first feature length film, Au Revoir Taipei, which won the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. In 2011, Chen joined 10 + 10, the omnibus film project initiated by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee, and directed the segment Lane 256. His latest film Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow is premiered at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

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