THE SILENT FOREST

(International film festivals only)

Director: Ko Chen-nien

Cast: Troy Liu, Chen Yan-Fei, Kim Hyunbin, Liu Kuan-Ting, Yang Kuei-Mei, Cheung Ka-Nin, Chang Pen-Yu

Genre: drama, suspense

Festival & Award:

* Taipei Film Festival – Opening Film
* Tokyo FILMeX – Competition
* Golden Horse Awards – 8 nominations and 2 wins
wins: Best New Performer, Best Sound Effects
nominations: Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Original Film Music
* International Film Festival of India, Goa – Best Director, Best Actor – Male
* Asian Pop Up Cinema
* Jeonju International Film Festival – Frontline
* New York Asian Film Festival
* Taipei Film Awards
Wins:Best New Talent (Chen Yan-Fei), Best Music, Best Sound Design, Audience Choice Award
Nominations: Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best New Talent (Troy Liu), Best Editing
* Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival
* Asiatica Film Festival Rome – Closing Film
* Asian Film Awards – won Best Supporting Actor (Kim Hyun-bin); nominated for Best New Performer (Chen Yan-Fei)
* Sao Paulo International Film Festival
* Five Flavours Asian Film Festival
* London East Asia Film Festival

Deaf teenager Chang Cheng transfers to a school for children with special needs. However, the world of the hearing-impaired doesn’t seem quiet at all. When Chang witnesses the “game” taking place in the last row on the school bus, his excitement about blending into a new environment immediately turns into fear. Seeing Bei Bei, the girl he has a crush on, getting hurt so badly, Xiao Guang, the ringleader, behaving like a king and other schoolmates acting innocent, Chang debates with himself on whether he should reveal the cruel truth about the game or whether he should join in. As the divide between the perpetrators and the victim begins to blur, confusion and anxiety grow among everyone in school.