Taiwan selects 'The Great Buddha+' for Oscar entry

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Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) The 2017 Taiwanese dark comedy "The Great Buddha+" has been chosen to represent Taiwan in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards, the Motion Picture & Drama Association said Friday.

The decision was made during a recent selection meeting held by the Ministry of Culture's Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, based on the film's whimsical humor and technical merits, according to the association.

"The Great Buddha+," a film written and directed by Huang Hsin-yao (黃信堯), tells the story of two frustrated workers on the lower social economic ladder who find themselves surrounded by businessmen and local officials throwing around more money than they could accumulate in a lifetime.

The film was Huang's directorial debut and already won in Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards in April this year.

The movie also won top prize at the 19th Taipei Film Festival in July 2017 and received 10 nominations at the 54th Golden Horse Awards in November 2017, winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best New Director for Huang.

It was released in Taiwan's theaters in October last year.

(By Chiang Pei-ling and Ko Lin)
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