Down the corridors of RKV Studios in Vadapalani on Monday evening, one was greeted by the voice of an artiste rehearsing an impassioned monologue from inside a poorly sound-proofed room. This seemed an uncannily fitting prelude to the opening of the three-day Taiwanese Film Festival, which promises both histrionics and depth on the same premises.

On till June 18, the festival organised by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai and the Indo Cine Apreciation Foundation (ICAF), brings to the city a diverse range of films. Frank Ming Cheng Lin, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai said, “We have picked very moving stories this time around. We are sure everybody will be able to relate to it and enjoy it.”

SV Kannan, the president of ICAF, said that the two-year-old festival is a testament to the growing cultural relations between Taiwan and Chennai. He remarked that despite Taiwan being a small country, the films it has produced have made a significant mark worldwide.

Fathima Babu a cine artiste underlined the crucial role of film festivals. She said, “In theatres, one gets to see Hollywood films. However, it is only in these platforms that the lay man gets to see films he would otherwise not have access to.”

Five award winning films – When Love Comes, Parking, Dust in the Wind, Pushing Hands, and Tears — will be screened as part of the film festival. The screenings will begin at 6 p.m. at RKV Studis in Vadapalani.

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