‘Thanatos, Drunk 醉.生梦死’ wins big at Taipei Film Festival

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醉.生梦死 Thanatos Drunk

Chang Tso-chi’s “Thanatos, Drunk (醉.生梦死)” took home six awards including the Grand Prix – the awards show’s highest honour at the recently concluded Taipei .

Directed by Golden Horse-winning director Chang Tso-chi, “Thanatos, Drunk” is a drama about a Taipei hooligan, his gay brother and their sexually ambiguous gigolo friend. Stars include Lu Xue-feng, Lee Hong-chi, and Chen Jen-shuo.

“Within its realistic story the film conceals a depiction of an unhampered inner spirit. With bold cinematic language, the filmmaker creates characters that are trying to survive in their dreamlike intimate, unbound and sorrowful emotional state,” said Fruit Chan who heads this year’s jury.

醉.生梦死 Thanatos Drunk

Landing the prestigious Grand Prix was no mean feat as the honour is chosen from the four category winners of each category that comprises of feature, documentary, short and animation. “Thanatos, Drunk” was the first feature film to claim this award in six years at the Taipei Film festival.

The film also won best feature, best leading actor (Lee Hong-chi), best supporting actor (Chen Jen-shuo) and actress (Lu Hsueh-feng) as well as the festival’s press award.

Other winners include -based director Tsai Ming-liang, who won Best Director for “No No Sleep”, Doze Niu Chen-zer and Tseng Li-Ting for best screenplay in “Paradise in Service,” and Nagasaku Hiromi as best actress for her performance in “The Furthest End Awaits.”