Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock” within Burn Planet Rock selection
“Taking Woodstock” by prominent director Ang Lee will screen within Burn Planet Rock selection. In 1969 Elliot Tiber, a down on his luck interior designer from Greenwich Village is forced to move back into his parent’s house and help them manage their dilapidated Catskills motel. While trying to contrive a way to help his parents, the bank prepared to foreclose and his father wants to burn the place to the ground although he hadn’t purchased the insurance policy. When he hears that a neighboring farm has pulled a permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers hoping to drum up some much needed business for the motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbor’s farm in White Lake, NY, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and popular culture, forever.
Taiwan-born Ang Lee is one of the most renowned directors in the world. He is a two time Academy Award winner. In 2001 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in Best Foreign Language Film category and in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain in Best Director category. His films had won two Golden Lions at Venice Film Festival (in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, and in 2007 for Lust, Caution) and had twice won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival (in 1993, for The Wedding Banquet and in 1996, for Sense and Sensibility). His most recent film, Lust, Caution, swept Asia’s Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan’s equivalent of the Academy Awards), with 8 wins including the one for Best Film; it is one of the highest grossing and most critically acclaimed films in the history of Chinese-language cinema.