19th ifva Awards – Asian New Force Category Finalist Showcase

21/3 (五) / 7pm / agnès b. CINEMA / 220′ / HK$60 / $35* / With after screening discussion

Russian dancer in China, Singaporean soldier in Taiwan, Korean city hunter, Iranian father and son… People across Asia enact stories of love, death, displacement and human rights in these 10 titles,forming a short film marathon of over 3 hours.

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Killing A Pig Without Mao
Huang Zhenqian / China / Col / 13′ 38″ / In Putonghua with English subtitles

Meiling, a Chinese young apprentice in the slaughterhouse excels in the art of killing the pig. One day while cleaning, she discovers the statutes dusty in the refrigerator.


See Tiger Together
Zhou Xiaoran / China / Col / 29′ 53″ / In Putonghua and Russian with Chinese and English subtitles

Tanya, a Russian dancing girl new to China, meets a Chinese boy Youzi who is not local, either. They find sustenance in each other out of loneliness, even though they speak different languages. Tanya plans to invite Youzi to see tigers, but Youzi leaves the city without saying goodbye.


The Poet and Singer
Bi Gan / China / B&W / 22′ 00” / Guizhou dialect with Chinese and English subtitles

This is a story about sin and redemption.


The Questioning
Zhu Rikun / China / Col / 20′ 30″ / In Putonghua with English subtitles

One day in July 2012, I drove to Xinyu, Jiangxi Province to cheer some local human right activists there. We found ourselves tailed. At 12 o’clock at night, some policemen came to our room and started the so-called “room inspection”.


Butter Lamp
Hu Wei / China / Col / 15′ 00” / In Tibetain with English subtitles

A young itinerant photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to photograph them in front of various background.


When the Cold Wind Blows
Chiang Wei-liang / Singapore / Col / 20′ 00” / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

On their last night together, a young couple takes a walk through the streets of Taipei.


Dreams in the Depths
Armin Isarian / Iran / Col / 12′ 18″ / In Persian with English subtitles

A young boy and his father in a tunnel under the border walls are waiting to bargain their goods with the people from another side of the walls. The boy wants to have a bicycle and his father tries to excuse.


The Busy Young Psychic
Chen Ho-yu / Taiwan / Col / 29′ 00” / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

With her extraordinary ability to see the dead, a teenage girl, working as a psychic in a temple at night, confronts traditional values and the superstitions of adults, all while trying to get to the birthday party of a classmate she has a crush on.


Badbud
Song Kyung Heub / South Korea / Col / 27′ 00” / In Korean with English subtitles

Gho is the writer of a comic book called “Bad Bug”. He tells the story of a hunter who protects humanity from the Bad Bugs. The comic means more to Gho than just a job. It’s his life. Gho is the Hunter, and he fights the Bad Bugs every night.


On the Air
Hsu Chia-wen / Taiwan / Col / 29′ 06″ / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

A-Yi is a big fan of pop idol Jay Chou, and his favorite song is “Nunchucks”. One day, his Granny brings home a tape recorder, which gives A-Yi an idea…

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