Alifu, the Prince/ss
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The 15th edition of the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival will feature, for the first time, a seat reservation system at cinema screenings for holders of passes and stationary accreditations. It is important to us that we take care not to overcrowd the rooms and avoid queues at the entrance.
Only a reservation guarantees you a seat at a screening!
The reservation system is very simple and is based on similar principles as buying tickets for individual screenings - just login to your account, visit the page of the selected film and click "book". Detailed information can be found below.
Please make reservations only for the screenings you wish to attend. Reservations can be cancelled, even at the last minute - please remember this and always cancel your reservation if you cancel your screening - this will allow other viewers to use the available space.
Reservations will be possible from Tuesday, 16 November from 12:00 p.m. for all the festival's films.
Reservation of seats
for pass and accreditation holders
Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 pm
If you decide to attend a screening at the last minute or for any other reason you do not book in advance, and there are seats available in the auditorium, your booking will be made "automatically" at the entrance to the auditorium after scanning your pass.
For most of the screenings there will be free seats before the show itself. However, please pay special attention to the screenings of Wong Kar Wai's works and the screenings of those films that we only show in the cinema - we expect the highest attendance at these screenings.
This year, you will also be able to use an electronic pass by presenting it to ticket takers on your phone screen.
Alifu works in a hair salon, enjoys city life, and dreams of raising enough money for a sex reassignment surgery. But, suddenly, family matters call Alifu back to the hometown Alifu grew up in – and where Alifu’s father is the chief of a native community of the island. He is convinced his son will take over his duties as the leader.
The vivid traditions of the aboriginal culture and the pulsating lights of the club scene of Taipei – Wang’s dynamic plot is filled with contrasts and fascinating protagonists. Alifu’s story is intertwined with stories of Peizhan, Alifu’s lesbian flatmate, or Sherry, a trans woman of an older generation and owner of a drag bar where civil servant Chris occasionally performs to unwind after a stressful day at work. The director shows the protagonists at a moment when they have to face the unexpected that will change their lives forever.
Alifu is played by Utjung Tjakivalid, actor, musician, and a member of the Paiwan community, who faced a lot of prejudice growing up as a non-heteronormative person. In the interviews, however, he stressed that although he expected his experiences to help him in the preparations for the role, it turned out that the reality of transgender people is completely different and he will be facing a lot of challenges. The filmmakers have put an enormous amount of work into the film – the idea for the script was based on facts, but they have conducted a lot of additional interviews with members of the Paiwan community and with transgender people to make their story more credible and to recreate the world of the protagonist in every detail.
Born in Taipei in 1964. He graduated from the School of Forestry at National Taiwan University, and studied Film and Video at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He owned Magnifique Creative Media Production company where he was in charge of editing, directing and producing films. His director debut is "7 Days in Heaven" which stormed over 1.4 M USD box office in Taiwan. It also got 7 Golden Horse Film Awards nominations including Best Picture.
2010 7 dni odchodzenia / Fu hou qi ri / 7 Days in Heaven
2012 Long Fei Feng Wu / Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix
2017 Alifu / Alifu, the prince/ss