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Taiwan Selects ‘Soul’ For Oscar Contention

Spiritual horror thriller is a festival favorite

HONG KONG – Taiwan has selected spiritual horror thriller “Soul” as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards race.

Directed by Chung Mong-hong, the film premiered in June’s Taipei Film Festival and recently played in Toronto. More festival dates are planned with the film next traveling to the Vancouver, Busan and Tokyo events.

The selection was announced by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture on Monday. It said “The director, with his precise mise-en-scene, examines the mental state of people in an isolated village. The film creates a fascinating and chilling world of violence and the fragility of the living soul in a cinematic way.”

The film stars veteran martial arts icon Jimmy Wang Yu and Joseph Chang and was produced by Yeh Jufeng and Tzeng Shiao-Chien. It was released in Taiwan on August 30, through ifilm Co, which is also handling international sales.

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