Kevin Lee’s documentary Unveil The Truth II: State Apparatus won the Grand Prize and best documentary at this year’s Taipei Film Awards, which took place at the close of the Taipei Film Festival on July 19.
The win, which came with a cash award of NT$1m, marked the fifth consecutive year that the Grand Prize has gone to a documentary.
The jury, headed by Taiwanese producer-director Chen Kuo-fu, said the film maintained an uplifting and humorous tone, while exposing the chaotic madness of government bureaucracy and illustrating the dark side of Taiwanese society.
Meanwhile, best narrative feature went to Chienn Hsiang’s directorial debut Exit, about the relationship between a middle-aged woman and a hospital patient, while Midi Z won best director for Myanmar-set drama Ice Poison.
Exit also scooped a best actress award for Chen Shiang-chyi, while best actor went to Lee Kang-sheng for Stray Dogs. Best supporting actor went to Tsao Yu-ning for period baseball drama KANO and Lin Mei-hsiu won best supporting actress for foodie comedy Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast.
2014 Taipei Film Awards:
Grand Prize & Best Documentary – Unveil the Truth II: State Apparatus, directed by Kevin H.J. LEE
Best Narrative Feature – Exit, directed by CHIENN Hsiang
Best Short Film – The Busy Young Psychic, directed by CHEN Ho-yu
Best Animation – Unknown Memory, directed by WU De-chuen
Best Director – Midi Z for Ice Poison
Best Screenplay – YEE Chih-yen for Meeting Dr. Sun
Best Actor – LEE Kang-sheng in Stray Dogs
Best Actress – CHEN Shiang-chyi in Exit
Best Supporting Actor – TSAO Yu-ning in KANO
Best Supporting Actress – LIN Mei-hsiu in Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast
Best New Talent – YU Pei- jhen in The Busy Young Psychic
Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Editing) – HUNG Chun-hsiu for The Lost Sea
Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) – YAO Hung-i for Pusu Qhuni
Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Visual Effect) – CHEN Ming-ho for Rock Rabbit
Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Art Design) – HUANG Mei-ching for Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast
Press Award – Ice Poison, directed by Midi Z
Audience Choice Award – KANO, directed by Umin Boya
Outstanding Contribution Award – Prof. JIING Yng-ruey, for his contribution to film preservation and restoration.