A four-time award winner at the Festival, master Tsai Ming-Liang (Goodbye, Dragon Inn; What Time Is It Over There?) returns with a sumptuously staged, boldly visual film about a Taiwanese filmmaker who casts French actors in his latest disaster-fraught film—despite not speaking a word of French. An artistic tip of the hat to FranÇois Truffaut and the spirit of the New Wave, Face stars Truffaut regulars Jean-Pierre LÉaud and Fanny Ardant.
French, Taiwanese with subtitles, 141 minutes
The search for a home dominates the lives of a diverse group of strangers in the directing debut from the writer of God Man Dog. Lou Yi-an subtly interweaves the stories of a struggling indie rocker and an ailing origami master, whose fates collide over an inauspicious real estate deal. A sympathetic cast brings the characters to life, and the radiant cinematography illuminates many sides of contemporary Taipei.
Mandarin, Taiwanese, Amis with subtitles, 118 minutes
A terrible new wrench is thrown into May's already rocky marriage on a camping trip when her husband discovers a gnarled, lonely tree that hides a dark secret. The inimitable director of Invisible Waves and Ploy journeys deep into the Thai jungle to create a supernatural love story infused with all the eerie atmosphere (amplified by an incredible three-dimensional soundscape) of an Edgar Allan Poe tale.
Thai with subtitles, 94 minutes