According to Variety, adapted from a Red Candle video game, the film also claimed best actress, best art design, best visual effects and best sound design awards. The jury called the film “courageous” for making a stand at this time. International and regional political relations are simmering in Asia following the coronavirus outbreak, power grabs by authoritarian leaders, and the introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong. The jury described ‘Detention’ as “a significant work to history and film history in Taiwan.”
Last year it was the top grossing film of 2019 at the Taiwan box office and scooped five prizes at the Golden Horse Awards.
The Taipei festival was one of the first anywhere in the world to be held in front of a live audience since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Unlike countries and territories elsewhere, Taiwan did not require its cinemas to close, though audience numbers dipped significantly.
The festival ran from June 25 to July 11, 2020. The prize ceremony was held at the Zhongshan Hall in Taipei.
Other juried awards went to basketball film, ‘We Are Champions,’ which scored three major awards: Best director, best cinematography, and outstanding artistic contribution, for its action choreography; and ‘The Gangs, The Oscars, and The Walking Dead,’ which won best screenplay, best supporting actress and best makeup & costume design.
Veteran performer, Mo Tzu-yi was the unanimous winner of the best actor award for playing the role of a tenant who looked after the mother of his boyfriend who passed away in ‘Dear Tenant.’ Gingle Wang was best actress for her performance in ‘Detention.’
The best new talent award was taken by Li Li-rong for his performance in ‘See You, Sir.’ He was lauded for creating a full and layered character.
The press award went to ‘Whale Island,’ a journey with an oceanographic and ecological bent. ‘We Are Champions’ collected the audience award.