‘Cloud’ sails toward the Oscars

Taiwan enters foreign-lingo kudo race with Tsai pic

TAIPEI — Director Tsai Ming-liang’s “The Wayward Cloud” has been tapped by Taiwan’s Government Information Office (GIO) as the country’s foreign-lingo Oscar contender.

Tsai’s pic, perhaps best-described as a racy sex musical, bagged a trophy for artistic achievement and the Alfred Bauer Prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Upon returning home, Tsai entered into a public spat with GIO officials over possible cuts to pic’s graphic sex scenes. Tsai re-fused to make any alterations and “The Wayward Cloud” eventually opened domestically in its original, uncut version.

“The Wayward Cloud’s” nod could be seen as vindication for Tsai, who has a confrontational history with the GIO. Inciden-tally, last year Tsai’s “Goodbye, Dragon Inn” was Taiwan’s foreign-lingo Oscar nod.

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