HKAFF Fall 2017
20 September 2017 - Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival Fall 2017 winners:
Best Narrative Feature Film: The Astronauts' Bodies (Germany) by Alisa Berger. "When his two mature children Anton (19) and Linda(19) start leaving the house, as they just have graduated from school, father Michael(55) stops taking care of his body as a protest. His son Anton takes part in a bed-rest-study to contribute to space-travelling, while his sister Linda is in search of her first love and is drawn to a young man, who seems to have similar problems like her father."
Best Documentary Feature Film: The Chronicles of Polyaris (Portugal) by Christine Reeh. "A lost man... An abandoned settlement... An almost wordless story about a fallen utopia located at the edge of the world. After a tragic air crash at the end of the millennium, life in the Russian mining town on Spitsbergen ceased to exist overnight. A few years later, an anonymous chronicler arrives in order to present a dismal report about the state of human non-existence."
Best Narrative Short Film: Nemercka (Greece) by Avrilios Karakostas. "Missing her, will take him to a journey. He will cross on foot the place they met and lived, so that in a way he can see her again."
Best Documentary Short Film: Hasta Siempre, Comandante (Cuba) by Faisal Attrache. "Ernesto, a 14 year old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father's adamant objection to it. Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, he must reconcile these values with the reality around him."
Best Animated Short Film: Shadow (China) by LeiLei. "This film tells about a girl who had been followed and abused sexually suffered sendary injuries which were all from different treatments of people around her."
Best Experimental Film: Sculpt the Motion (Italy) by Devis Venturelli. "Sculpt the motion shows continuous transformations of metallic bodies through different urban plans. Contemporary architecture is a scenario for a performance, an experience as a sculptural promenade in a continuous flux. Silver strata of insulating material in action through the body change in mobile sculptures evoke Boccioni's Futurist dynamism.
Best Music Video: Tears (Switzerland) by Anthony Cedric Vuagniaux. "A psychologic story of a strange chain smoking woman having misadventures with a dangerous husband..."
Best Underground Film: Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters (United States) by John Brennan. "When notoriously promiscuous Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. waltzes into the story, it is no surprise that the Sex Lobsters start to spread like wildfire, and everyone in Tromaville is feeling the burn! The romantic bi-sexual aquatic savior Dolphinman returns to Tromaville to fight the lobsters and bring relief from the unbearable itching and burning sensations befallen upon the town like a pat of extra-creamy butter."
Best Hong Kong Cinema: Longing (Hong Kong) by Chan Tsun Yin. "Anthony claimed that he accidentally killed his son, John. A few years before John’s death, Anthony was discharged from prison, and brought home his illegitimate child Karl. John became rebellious and harmed Karl. Frank the officer found Anthony’s confession doubtful, and believed the murderer was someone else..."
Official selection Fall 2017:
Exquisite Corpse (U.S.) by Laura (Jingyi) Li
Re-Organization (Israel) by osi wald , Ricardo Werdesheim, Moran Somer
The Astronauts' Bodies (Germany) by Alisa Berger
Mt. (Taiwan) by Lai Yu Chi
Love Me (Germany) by Nergis Usta
National Gymnastics (Sout Korea) by Gyuri Lee
Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters (U.S.) by John Brennan
In a World of Bad Breath (U.S.) by Christopher Graybill
Ringo Rocket Star and His Song for Yuri Gagarin (Netherlands) by Rene Nuijens
A Perfect Circle (For my Dad) (U.S.) by Noah Engel
Shadow (China) by LeiLei
Lab Rat #31415 (U.S.) by Justin Weinrich
Sculpt the Motion (Italy) by Devis Venturelli
Threshold (Argentina) by Claudio Perrin
The pencil (Switzerland) by Basile Vuillemin
A Close Call (U.K.) by Wing Chiu
The Pieces (U.S.) by Blake Ortego
Experimental: No.4 / Parts: 1+2 (U.S.) by Atton Paul
Inferno (U.S.) by Dustin Rosemark
Medea's Walk (Ukraine) by Mel Hsieh
Bird’s Nest - Hêlîn (Turkey) by Fırat Gürgen
The Dream Hatcher (Russia) by Mel Hsieh
12 Yellow Stars (Finland) by Henna-Riikka Halonen
Enthalpy (Germany) by Lena Doreen Zwerina
Shame (Spain) by Alberto Rey Garcia
Hasta Siempre, Comandante (Cuba) by Faisal Attrache
Glory (Israel) by Assaf Hayut
Pooma - Soldier (Official Music Video) (Germany) by Harun Güler
Where I Belong (Portugal) by Miguel Munhá
Nemercka (Greece) by Avrilios Karakostas
1st June (U.K.) by Gabriel Calderwood
Sunny and Gerd in Spring Cleaning (Canada) by DaCosta Bayley
Embers & Dust (Not Specified) by Patrick Biesemans
In Through the Night (U.S.) by Josiah Cuneo
Going Ape (Hong Kong) by Nicolas Lesaffre, Charles Blanchard
In The Still Of The Night (Singapore) by Sanif Olek
White Trash (Argentina) by Jeff Zorrilla, Ignacio Tamarit
The Shuttle (U.S.) by Lu Han
Monger (Argentina) by Jeff Zorrilla
Longing (Hong Kong) by Chan Tsun Yin
Tears (Switzerland) by Anthony Cedric Vuagniaux
The Chronicles of Polyaris (Portugal) by Christine Reeh