Taipei Factory II, co-produced by Taipei Film Commission and Italy’s Rai Cinema, has wrapped in Taipei.
Comprising three shorts directed by Taiwan’s Cho Li, Hou Chi-jan and Hsieh Chun-yi, the project features Italian actors including Margot Sikabonyi (lead actress in Cho Li’s Soap Opera), Marco Foschi (lead actor in Hsieh’s Luca), and Michele Cesari (lead actor in Hou’s The Thrill is Gone).
The project was executive produced by leading Taiwanese producers Lee Lieh and Yeh Jufeng, who attended a press conference in Taipei to introduce the project on May 21. The event was also attended by Chang Chin-oh, deputy mayor of Taipei City; Mario Palma, representative of the Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office in Taipei; and representatives from local sponsors and post-production companies.
The first installment in the Taipei Factory series – directed by Singing Chen, Shen Ko-shang, Midi Z and Chang Jung-chi – was presented at last year’s Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.
Taipei Factory II is expected to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Taipei Film Commission and Rai Cinema will also co-host Taipei Film Week in Rome and Italian Film Week in Taipei in the following months.
Work on Taipei Factory II began soon after the Taipei Film Commission signed a cooperation agreement with Rai Cinema in September 2012. In November 2013, Rai Cinema announced its acquisition of four Taiwanese titles. Rai Cinema will also assist with promotion of Taipei Factory II globally.