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‘Thanatos, Drunk’ Soaks Up Top Awards at Taipei Film Festival

Chang Tso-chi’s “Thanatos, Drunk” took six prizes and dominated the final awards of the Taipei Film Festival, including the Grand Prix. The festival concluded Saturday (July 18) after running from June 26.

“Thanatos,” a drama which pitches together an anguished punk, his gay brother and their gigolo friend, claimed the Grand Prix, the best feature and four other prizes.

The Grand Prix is chosen from the four category winners of each category – feature, documentary, short and animation – at the Taipei Film festival. “Thanatos” was the first winner from the feature category in six years.

The film’s Lee Hong-chi was named best actor, while Chen Jen-shuo won the prize for best supporting actor and Lu Hsueh -feng was awarded the best supporting actress prize. The film also won the festival’s press award. Prizes were chosen by a jury headed by Hong Kong director and producer Fruit Chan.

“Life that Sings,” directed by Chen Hyin-gen won as best documentary, “The Death of a Security Guard,” directed by Cheng Wei-hao was the short film winner, and  “The Vending Machine,” directed by Chen Po-yu was awarded the best animation prize.

Other prize winners included Taiwan-based auteur Tsai Ming-liang, named as best director for “No No Sleep,” Doze Niu Chen-zer and Tseng Li-Ting as best screenplay winners for “Paradise in Service,” and Nagasaku Hiromi as best actress in “The Furthest End Awaits.”

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