TAIPEI–The Taiwanese epic “ Seediq Bale: Warriors of the Rainbow” is set to open a film series dedicated to international distributor Fortissimo Films at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on Nov. 10.
According to ARS Film Production, the movie’s local production company, director Wei Te-sheng will attend the film’s screening to pave the way for the release of “Seediq Bale” in North America.
Aside from the showing on the opening day, “Seediq Bale” will also be screened again on Nov. 20 as part of the series “In Focus: Fortissimo Film,” being held to celebrate the distributor’s 20th anniversary.
The abridged 150-minute version of the film will be shown in New York, but the full-length film, divided into two parts and lasting over four hours, will start its official overseas release in Hong Kong.
The first part of the film, titled “Flags of the Sun,” is set to hit movie theaters there on Nov. 17.
In Taiwan, the first part of the film and the second part called “Rainbow Bridge” have together grossed nearly NT$700 million (US$23 million), making it one of the highest grossing Taiwanese productions in history.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Modern Art’s Fortissimo series will also showcase other Asian productions, including Japanese director Shunji Iwai’s “All About Lily Chou-Chou,” Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai’s “Happy Together” and Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang’s “Springtime in a Small Town.”