Tsai Ming-liang wins Grand Jury Prize in Venice
CNATAIPEI -- Director Tsai Ming-liang won the Grand Jury Prize for his latest film “Jiaoyou” (Stray Dogs) at the 70th Venice Film Festival on Saturday. During his acceptance speech, the 55-year-old director thanked the jury and the public in Venice for supporting his film.
September 9, 2013, 4:15 pm TWN
“Jiaoyou” stars Lee Kang-sheng, a regular in Tsai's films, as a father who struggles to survive with his son and daughter on the streets of Taipei.
It maintains the slow pace that often typifies Tsai's works, including a 12-minute scene showing Lee eating rotten vegetables.
“Jiaoyou” is the director's first film since his 2009 production “Face,” which was nominated for a Cannes Film Festival award.
He had previously tasted success at the Venice Film Festival, winning the top prize, the Golden Lion Award, in 1994 for his second feature film “Vive L'Amour.”
Tsai, who has refused to make commercial films and has long expressed frustration over audiences' popular tastes, said earlier this week that “Jiaoyou” could be his last film.
Born in Malaysia, Tsai came to Taiwan after graduating from high school to study drama and film, and he began writing stage plays during his student days. His works often convey the feelings of abandonment and loneliness in modern society and urban lives.
In 1991, Tsai discovered Lee at a video game store in Taipei, and Lee has appeared in all of the director's feature films since then.
President Ma Ying-jeou, Vice President Wu Den-yih and Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai all sent congratulatory statements to Tsai after his win at the Venice Film Festival.
“A low-spirited Taiwan is in great, great need of such joy,” Lung said.
“Jiaoyou” received over NT$6 million (US$201,711) in funding from Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.
Meanwhile, the Golden Lion award went to Italian director Gianfranco Rosi's documentary “Sacro GRA,” the first documentary ever to win the award.