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‘Harvest’ reaps Taipei’s top kudos

Event screened 193 films in competition

TAIPEI — Russian director Marina Razbezhkina’s short, bittersweet “Harvest Time” nabbed top honors at the expanded and internationalized Taipei Film Festival, which ended Saturday.

Foreign-language movies entered the competition for the $20,000 purse for the first time. Previously, they unspooled solely at exhibition-only sidebars.

By opening the door to international titles, the Taipei festival, in its seventh year, looks to position itself as one the most prominent on the region’s circuit.

Organizers hope filmmakers will eventually mention Taipei in the same breath as Tokyo and Pusan. Fest programmers, however, acknowledge that the event needs to attract bigger names and secure more red-carpet premieres.

In all, this year’s event screened 193 films in competition, ranging from feature-length movies to short digital video docus. Jury included helmers Fruit Chan and Clara Law.

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