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Tsai Ming Liang is one of the most important authors from the Asian cinema and formed, with Hou Hsiao - Hsien and Edward Yang, the new wave of Taiwanese cinema. The filmmaker was born in 1957 in Malaysia and moved to Taiwan in 1997, graduating in Film and Theatre in 1981 at Chinese Culture University. "Rebels of the Neon God", his first film wins Bronze Sakura of Tokyo Festival and the Best Feature Film Debut award at the Festival of Nantes in 1993. In 1994," Vive l' Amour" won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the award FRIPESCI, receiving international significance. "The River", 1997, won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as awards at festivals in Sao Paulo and Singapore.


Tsai already has a history in Curtas Vila do Conde, where he won - in 2003 and 2009 - the prize for Fiction at the International Competition with "La Passarelle Disparue" and "Madam Butterfly". In 2005, the author was highlighted in “Work in Progress” section. Some of his films were presented and also the exhibition "Erotic Space" on Solar. In that edition of the Festival, the director was present in Vila do Conde.