The first ever World Premieres Film Festival in the Philippines concluded with a gathering of Filipinos and foreign filmmakers, producers and actors at a highly successful awards night at Center Stage of the SM Mall of Asia.
Before the glittering affair, foreign directors competing in the film festival’s main category embarked on a weeklong screening from June 24 to July 7 in various SM Cinemas. There, they were given the chance to interact with audiences through forums to discuss their entries.
Representing the thriving film industry of Taiwan was director Li-Da Hsu with his movie, The End of Love. He led the film’s gala premiere at the SM Mall of Asia cinemas, and as The End of Love’s screenwriter and director, Hsu was able to conduct a very interesting dialogue regarding his insights on filmmaking with members of the local media, Taiwan expats in the country, and film enthusiasts who attended the affair.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at WPFF, The End of Love (2015) features eight characters involved in four relationships that somehow manage to connect with one another.
According to Hsu The End of Love was originally a 30-minute short film, which he first produced when while taking Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
He decided to turn the material into a full-length film when he realized the power of true-to-life love stories on an audience.
He recalled, “I got the inspiration to make it a full-length movie from my experiences and the experiences of my friends. I’m very interested in the topic of love, and I want to share how people feel when they are in love, what happens to them, how love ends, and why can’t people move on.”
The Taiwanese filmmaker added, “The short film version also had three unrelated stories. When I made the longer version of the movie, I wanted to make it a little more complicated so I added the relationship of the elder people. And because there are more characters, I also made them interrelated.”
Asked by a moviegoer what for him is love, the filmmaker candidly replied, “I don’t know what love is [yet]that is why I made this movie.”
Present to welcome Hsu in the Philippines was the head of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, Ambassador Gary Song-Huann Lin, and his wife Madam Sophia.