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Indiewire's Best Undistributed Film 'Stray Dogs' Lands a Distributor

By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire January 10, 2014 at 11:21AM

After making an impressive number of Taiwanese films and becoming an important figure of the country's new cinema movement, director Tsai Ming Liang's latest masterpiece "Stray Dogs" has now been acquired by Cinema Guild. The film wowed audiences and critics at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival, in addition to winning Indiewire's Best Undistributed Film prize just one month ago.
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Stray Dogs
Stray Dogs

After making an impressive number of Taiwanese films and becoming an important figure of the country's new cinema movement, director Tsai Ming Liang's latest masterpiece "Stray Dogs" has now been acquired by Cinema Guild. The film wowed audiences and critics at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival, in addition to winning Indiewire's Best Undistributed Film prize just one month ago.

The synopsis goes as follows:

A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. At night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. There is no water, light or electricity. Every evening, they fall asleep on the same mattress, tightly embracing one another. Then, one stormy night, the father decides to take his children on a sailing trip.

Ryan Krivoshey of Cinema Guild states that "'Stray Dogs' is a bold, audacious masterpiece that will resonate with all who see it for many years to come. We are excited to make it available to US audiences."

This article is related to: Venice Film Festival, Stray Dogs, Acquisitions