'Stone' Rolls Off With Taipei Prizes

Sharply different father and son stories take top awards.

HONG KONG – Documentary “A Rolling Stone” beat the feature film contenders and was named the overall winner Saturday of the Taipei Film Awards.

Stone” also won the best documentary prize, while “Soul” claimed the best narrative feature award.

The prizes were announced at the finale of the Taipei Film Festival (June 28 – July 20,) held annually in the Taiwanese capital. The Grand prize is worth a chunky US$33,400 (NT$1 million).

“Stone,” the study of a relationship between a father and his autistic adult son, was directed by Shen Ko-Shang, who previously made segments of omnibus features “Juliets” and “The Taipei Factory.”

“Soul” (pictured) is another father and son story, albeit in a different register. Directed by the better-known Chung Mung-hong (“Parking,” “The Fourth Portrait,”) it is a thriller about a man who believes that an imposter – perhaps the devil – has taken the place of his son.

The jury comprised Hong Kong director Peter Chan Ho-sun (“American Dreams in China”,) festival programmer Hsieh Chinlin, Tribeca festival programmer Frederic Boyer, Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-mei (“Blue Gate Crossing”,) songwriter Kay Huang and US cinematographer Jake Pollock (Chan’s “Wu Xia”.)

Earlier during the festival a separate jury announced “Youth,” from Israel and Germany, as winner of the International New talent Competition. Its director Tom Shoval collected a US$20,000 prize.

(Maggie Lee in Taipei also contributed to this report.)

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