Directed by Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu
Q&A to follow with filmmakers
In GUO MIE, a karaoke-addicted old woman struggles with her sense of self-worth at her estranged husband’s funeral where she encounters his younger and more sophisticated girlfriend, and finds out that her kids might have secretly been in touch with her late husband all these years. Imbued with elements of Edward Yang and Yasujiro Ozu, GUO MIE is a delicate, emotional ode to family.
Post Screening Panelists:
Joe Foley, Cinematographer
Born and raised in Taiwan, Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu received his BS in Engineering and System Science from the National Tsinghua University. After working as a screenwriter, Joseph realized his passion lies in film directing. He then attended New York University Tisch Asia and acquired his MFA in Film Production. He was an alumnus at Talents Tokyo in 2014 and Kyoto Filmmaker Lab in 2015. Joseph had abundant experience in international production. He participated in over 20 short films’ productions in South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Singapore and Taipei. His short film Reunion won the Golden Award at the first Taiwan Short Film Festival in 2013. His documentary short People’s Champscreened at Shnit International Film Festival in Switzerland in 2013. His short film The Lobster Kid(2015) received a post-production grant from NYU. It screened at over 25 international film festivals, like Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. And it won the Best Short Film at Los Angeles Pan Pacific Film Festival. His latest short film Guo Mie (2017) was selected for the 2017 Student Academy Awards Finalist.
Cinematographer: Joe Foley
Shoying, grandmother: Chen Shu Fang
SHORTS PROGRAMS / 109 minsFamily is never just who you’re related to. It’s the drama, the tears, the hugs, and the fights. The following films run the gamut of what it means to deal with family.