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New York Film Festival to screen Taiwanese film

NEW YORK -- The 2013 film “Stray Dogs,” directed by globally feted Taiwan-based director Tsai Ming-liang, has been added to a lineup of 36 films on the main slate of the 51st New York Film Festival, which will take place Sept. 27-Oct. 13.

It is the first Taiwanese film to be screened at the prestigious event since 2004, when “Cafe Lumiere,” directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, was screened at the Lincoln Center, to great acclaim.

For Tsai, 55, “Stray Dogs” is his third work, following his 2001 film “What Time Is It There?” and “Goodbye, Dragon Inn” in 2003, both of which won the Film Society of Lincoln Center's preference.

The New York Film Festival organizer praised “Stray Dogs” (titled “Jiao You” in Mandarin Chinese), a 138-minute film featuring a homeless family living the cruelest of existences on the ragged edges of modern society, as “bracingly pure in its anger and its compassion, and as visually powerful as it is emotionally overwhelming.”

The festival will open with the screening of U.S. film “Captain Phillips” directed by Paul Greengrass, with Tom Hanks playing the title role.

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