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August 18

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti by Leon Dai

Free Screening Sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
Thursday August 18 at 7pm

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Bu neng mei you ni)

Directed by Leon Dai. With Chen Wen-pin, Chao Yo Hsuan, Lin Chih-ju
Taiwan 2009, digital video, b/w, 93 min. Mandarin and Hakka with English subtitles

For his second film as a director, Taiwanese actor Leon Dai has drawn on actual events to create a taut character study. The film begins with a man holding a young girl and threatening to jump from an overpass into traffic before backing up to reveal how he ended up there. The man is an impoverished worker and the girl is his daughter. Ordered to register her for school, the man is informed that his guardianship is not legal, and he resorts to increasingly desperate means to address the situation even as he becomes further entangled in bureaucracy. Shot in austerely beautiful black-and-white widescreen, No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti won best picture and best director at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards and was its submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009.

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