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Taiwanese Director Dies at Age 59

GreenCine Daily reports on the death of Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang. Yang is responsible for one of my favorite films YI YI released in 2000, and I have been waiting for the follow-up ever since. Unfortunately, this talented filmmaker will not be completing another film. At the age of 59, Yang has passed away from complications from colon cancer. An American citizen living in Beverly Hills, Yang's film favored urban Taiwan settings. His first six films are unavailable (or at least very hard to find) in the U.S., but when he won the Best Director Award at Cannes for YI YI, he finally got the well-deserved U.S. theatrical release and attention he deserved.

Besides being one of my own personal favorites, YI YI was nominated for three Chlotrudis Awards at the 8th Annual Ceremony, including Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cast. YI YI also showed up at #47 in Chlotrudis' Top 101 Foreign Language Films of all time. This extraordinary film takes a look at three generations of family life in urban Taipei.

Yang's next project, THE WIND, was in development. It was to have been an animated feature, co-produced by Jackie Chan.

Father of African Film Dies

Ousmane Sembène, Senegalese director of the Chlotrudis Awards-nominated MOOLAADÉ died at age 84 at his home in Dakar, Senegal. Dubbed the "Father of African Film," Sembène's work often focused on women, and their societal role in Africa. In addition to the widely-acclaimed MOOLAADÉ, his films include BLACK GIRL (1966) and FAAT KINE (2000). The cinema of the world has lost a talented and important filmmaker. AO Scott writes about the director in the New York Times.