Sharply different father and son stories take top awards.
‘Stone” also won the best documentary prize, while “Soul” claimed the best narrative feature award.
“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.)