Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on Youtube Join the Archive Mailing List Read our Blog

UCLA Film & Television Archive and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles present

Taiwan Biennial Film Festival 2019

The Bold, The Corrupt, The Beautiful
October 18, 2019 -
October 28, 2019
In-person: 
director Hsieh Pei-ju (10/18); director Huang Xi, producer Chuti Chang (10/25).

The second edition of the Taiwan Biennial Film Festival arrives at a time of significant cultural change for the island. Owing to its unique history and complicated political status, Taiwan has long been recognized as one of the most dynamic hubs of global cultural exchange in the world. In May of this year, its parliament became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. At the same time, Taiwan’s film industry is increasingly determined to chart its own course in the region as a rapidly emerging center of production for both its booming domestic market and for Mandarin-language film audiences abroad. This year’s Biennial checks back in with Taiwan’s filmmakers to see how they are responding to and representing these and other developments shaping the contemporary moment. Diversity and gender equity on screen and behind the camera emerge as energizing themes, along with continuing engagement with questions of political, cultural and personal identity. The 2019 Biennial again features a wide array of cinematic works, including fictional narratives and documentaries, blockbuster hits and art house gems, along with short and experimental works. The lineup also includes a selection of newly restored classics from Taiwan’s golden age of commercial cinema. UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased once again to present this timely survey of recent and classic Taiwanese films.

This series is co-presented and made possible by Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles.

Program curated and notes written by Paul Malcolm and Brian Hu.



Additional support was provided by UCLA Asia Pacific Center.

Special thanks to the Taiwan Film Institute.

Watch the festival trailer:

Programs & Events

Image Title Date and Time Location Buy Tickets
The Chief of Yancheng District

The Chief of Yancheng District

October 21, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Our Youth in Taiwan

Off-site: Our Youth in Taiwan

October 22, 2019 - 7:30 pm James Bridges Theater Free admission!
The Bold, The Corrupt, The Beautiful

Off-site: The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful

October 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm Downtown Independent
Missing Johnny

Missing Johnny

October 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The Mountain

Richard Chen: Early Works

October 26, 2019 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Father to Son

Father to Son

October 26, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Ten Years Taiwan

Ten Years Taiwan

October 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Raining in the Mountain

Raining in the Mountain

October 28, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
The Wild Goose on the Wing

The Wild Goose on the Wing

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Three Makes a Whole

Three Makes a Whole

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Focus on Taiwan

Focus on Taiwan

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Heavy Craving

Heavy Craving

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater