Apolitical RomanceVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Asia Society Film Education Week with NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Evening screening and discussion with director Chun-Yi Hsieh and cinematographer Jordan Schiele
Registration at 6:15 pm
Screening & Q&A at 6:30 pm
Close at 8:30 pm
Chin Lang, a girl from Beijing, goes to Taipei to find her grandmother’s first love in Taiwan. A-Zheng, a Taiwanese civil servant, is on the brink of demotion as he fails to write a convincing book of etiquette about China-Taiwan relations. They meet at a food stall when Chin Lang is arguing with the stallholder, and A-Zheng volunteers to be her guide in exchange for her help on his book. The pair embark on a comical and poignant search and gradually fall in love.
Taipei-born director Chun-Yi Hsieh is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. His films have been screened at festivals around the world including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Toronto, and many others. He won the prestigious Directors Guild of America Student Film Award – Best Asian American Student in 2011. Apolitical Romance, his first feature, had its international premiere at the Far East Festival in May 2013 and was released theatrically in Taiwan in September to positive reviews. He is intent on making films with humanistic values that explore real social issues and relationships.
Cinematographer Jordan Schiele was born in Brooklyn, New York. His first film experience was working on film sets in Shanghai. After receiving a BA in legal studies and Mandarin Chinese, he graduated from NYU Tisch Asia with a dual concentration in cinematography and directing. His work as a cinematographer has premiered at Cannes, Tribeca, Locarno, and Tokyo film festivals. His directorial work has twice received the Special Jury Award at the Rome Festival; once with Luca Guadagnino, 2011, and again with Wong Kar Wai in 2012. His short films have been awarded in Locarno, 2013, and Vancouver, 2011. His feature film script Dog Days was selected for the Residence of the Cannes Film Festival 2013, where he also directed the short film A New Kind of Love for Louis Vuitton featuring Sofia Coppola and Fan Bing Bing.
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