Nov 26, 2016 Market Comments Off on GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS: Midi Z receives outstanding filmmaker award
Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Z (???) received the award for Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year on Saturday at the Golden Horse Awards, considered the Oscars of the Chinese-speaking world.
The 33-year-old director was given the award for "expanding the scope and definition of Taiwanese cinema," according to the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee.
In his acceptance speech, Z said his life "turned around" after he came to Taiwan from Myanmar at the age of 16. In Taiwan, he met mentors who helped him on his path toward filmmaking, Z said.
"Midi Z would not be standing on this stage if not for the pluralism and freedom of Taiwan, where all kinds of people can pursue their dreams, or where miracles can happen," Z said.
He thanked his cast and crew in "The Road to Mandalay" (????), Taiwan's film community and his family, especially his mother, who he said never went to school but was determined to send him to Taiwan to study.
"If a child from Myanmar, who never dared to dream about anything other than his survival, can receive the Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year today and can stand here, then Taiwan is the only place in the world where this inspirational story can happen," he said.
Z's fourth feature film, "The Road to Mandalay," received six nominations at this year's Golden Horse Awards, including best feature film, best director and best lead actor and actress.
Filmed in Thailand and Myanmar, "The Road to Mandalay" centers on the lives and love of two illegal Burmese migrants, who struggle to survive in Thailand after fleeing the civil war in their country.
In the film, as in several of his other films, Z explores the economic and social problems in his native country and their effect on its people.
The film won the Fedeora Award for Best Film at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in September.
It was screened in Myanmar on Nov. 7, the first time that a film by Z was allowed to be screened there.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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