The 23rd ifva Awards – Asian New Force Category Finalist Showcase

Film as a world language, a clear message delivered by the ten entries of this year’s Asian New Force Category. From the empowerment and daily life of foreign workers in Taiwan, to the two works about (un)heard voices as metaphors from Thai and Lebanon directors, and followed by two very unusual cross-species relationships from Japan… Films now not only serve as the medium for stories, but also the medium for issues that worth our attention beyond different boundaries.

16/3 (Fri) | 7:15pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema | DCP | 180’ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion

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A Human Being is Good
Shintaro Hihara
Japan / Col / 17′ 30″ / In Japanese with English subtitles

There is a group of “zombies” who are living a “normal” life in the human society. They look like zombies but they don’t attack humans. In fact, there is a strange acceptance between zombies and humans. And then a zombie got a friend, a girlfriend, and even a family!

Tea Land
Tseng Ying-ting
Taiwan / Col / 29′ 58″ / In Mandarin, Minnan, Thai, Vietnamese with Chinese and English subtitles

In Taiwan, five run-away migrant workers from Southeast Asia work illegally on a high-mountain tea farm. They became “family” for they were on the same boat. When one of them dies and his savings gone, the trust among the other four people breaks down.

Liao Jiekai
Singapore / Col / 19′ 11″ / In Mandarin, Hokkien and English with English subtitles

Ever since Jianxiong disappeared a few years ago due to his involvement in underground communist activities, Meifeng had been trying to move on in life without her lover. A visit to his family on Chinese New Year’s Eve brings back familiarity and stirs up unexpected tensions.

About the Maritime Drifters
Hung Ya-chih
Taiwan / Col / 22′ 48″ / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

This film looks at the difficulties faced by foreign fishers from Southeast Asia. Taking the Labor Standards Act as the basis, the film examines how people including fishers in different positions, human rights organisations, ship captains, and agents view the current labour situation within the fishing industry.

Death of the Sound Man
Sorayos Prapapan
Thailand / Col / 16′ 00″ / In Thai with English subtitles

Voice of the people are often neglected, same as sound in film that audience don’t care. Two sound recordists are working on final mix of a short film. Will their sound be heard by someone?

Are You Volleyball?!
Mohammad Bakhshi
Iran / Col / 14’ 00” / In English and Arabic with English subtitles

A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive at an English spoken country border and cannot continue with their journey. They conflict with border soldiers every day till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.

Feyrouz Serhal
Lebanon / Col / 26′ 00″ / In Arabic with English subtitles

The soccer World Cup kicks off today and the people of Beirut are eager for the long-awaited event.
While life moves on normally in such a day, the signal of the first match seems to be disrupted by strange audio waves. The frustration in the air builds up giving way to a bigger live event.

One More Experiment
Sergey Vlasov
Russia / Col / 15′ 52″ / In English and Russian with English subtitles

In the near future all actors have become computer generated characters and human actors are unemployed. This is a story of an aging actor who has come to the small booth where the computer directs his monologue reading. This is the only place he can act.

Takeshi Kushida
Japan / Col / 10′ 00″ / No dialogue and subtitles

A lonely man falls in love with a shadow of woman appeared on the apartment’s wall.

Gray Umbrella
Mohammad Poustindouz
Iran / Col / 8’ 32” / In Persian with English subtitles

Mr. Maleki has a permanent habit. Until a man with an umbrella enters his life.

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