Taiwanese film screenings at Calabazas Branch Library in San Jose

On the next two Wednesdays, the San Jose Public Library and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco will co-host free screenings of two Taiwan-made films at the Calabazas Branch Library (1230 S. Blaney Avenue, San Jose). The first film, Go Grandriders, will be shown on June 12 at 4:00pm. The second film, The Soul of Bread, will be screened a week later (June 19) at the same time and location.

Selected for San Francisco’s CAAMFest 2013, the documentary Go Grandriders follows a group of octogenarians as they motorcycle around Taiwan on a 13-day journey. Defying society’s expectations, these 17 senior Taiwanese motorcyclists’ journey will inspire and delight audiences young or young at heart.

Directed by Hua Tien-hao and produced by Ben Tsiang’s CNEX, Go Grandriders was released in Taiwan in October 2012. It quickly topped Taiwan’s documentary box office. The film is in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese dialect with English subtitles. The running time is 90 minutes. Please see the San Jose Public Library’s website for more information, http://www.sjpl.org/event/film-sceening-go-grandriders.

The Soul of Bread, is a romantic comedy set in the scenic countryside of Kaohsiung County (southern Taiwan). It pits an internationally renowned baker against a local bread maker for the love of a local girl. Which of these dueling bakers will come up with the best recipe for love?

Released in 2012, the film is directed by Kao Pin-chuang and Lin Chun-yang. It is 114 minutes in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese dialect with English subtitles. Please visit the library’s website for more information, http://www.sjpl.org/event/film-screening-soul-bread.

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