2021

SCREENING SCHEDULE

SESSION 1: 21 JUNE, 7PM

Location: Hong Kong Arts Centre

2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

  

Introduction by Jane Ching

Empty States (United Kingdom)

By Jola Kudela

This experimental music video was shot in Holdstone Down. According to the Aertherius Society it’s the place where Jesus – and by Jesus they mean the Earth’s incarnation of an extraterrestrial “Cosmic Master” - appeared to their founder, on the 23rd July 1958. Julia Kent’s music, with its haunting basslines and looped harmonies, is eerie and emotional. Just as Aertherians believe that they can restore balance on Earth with their spiritual energy, so too in this video the darkness and apocalyptic gloom is dispelled by the power of natural harmonies and the Earth organic rhythms. Running time: 00:03:50

EMPTY STATES (United Kingdom) by Jola Ku

Spontaneous (United States)

By Lori Felker

You never know when someone is miscarrying; it could be happening right next to you. Running time: 00:14:00

Spontaneous (United States) by Lori Felk

Lumen (Canada)

By Sarah Seené

Lumen (meaning ''light'' in Latin) is a sensory film shot on Super-8 that portrays a young girl with oculocutaneous albinism. Despite the hypersensitivity caused by this genetic disease, the depigmentation of her skin and eyes gives her an extraordinary aura. Running time: 00:01:40

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A Fallen Fall (China)

By Enyang Zhang

Hua Yuezhen is a retired piano teacher. Been divorced for many years, Hua also has a strained relationship with her daughter. Knowing that her daughter is leaving her with her grandson to move to Shanghai, Hua has been nostalgic for old family days during her days at hospital (because of a stroke). Although she wants to fix the relationship with her family, her obstinate behaviours always get dominant... Running time: 00:22:22

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A Fallen Fall (China) by Enyang Zhang.jp

Bubble (China)

By Haonan Wang

This is an urban tale of love and sacrifice set in a mysterious restaurant hidden in an alleyway. On an ordinary night, a man eats a lot of herbal plants in front of a woman, transforming himself into the woman’s food. Running time: 00:14:28

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Exhibition (Germany)

By Sylvia Borges

In the age of smartphones an exhibitionist struggles to get the attention he needs. Running time: 00:03:16

Exhibition (Germany) by Sylvia Borges.jp

Ala Kachuu - Take and Run (Switzerland)

By Maria Brendle

Sezim (19) wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out. Running time: 00:38:26

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Ala Kachuu - Take and Run (Switzerland)

SESSION 2: 21 JUNE, 9PM

Location: Hong Kong Arts Centre

2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

  

Introduction by Jane Ching

digital love (remix) (Germany)

By Raphaël Languillat + lovemusic

A neonwave audiovisual poem about love, desire and death bringing together an ambient remix of Daft Punk's Digital Love with fragments of William Shakespeare's erotic poem Venus and Adonis. Written and shot during the Covid-19 pandemic, ’digital love (remix)’ focuses on the relationship between gender and couple, intimacy and distancing, as well as desire and death. This work is part of a series of five collaborative audiovisual short-form pieces commissioned by Collective lovemusic for their project 'Premieres in Private Places'. Running time: 00:05:00

digital love (remix) (Germany) By Raphaë

Grinder (Hong Kong)

By Japheth Jon-Hoi Blankenship

The concept came from the feeling of cutting the clay. When watching the footage I shot, it almost felt like the clay was being grinded and recycled into different colours; this is where the title came from. The film is expressing the eerie experience of abstract shapes and patterns. Running time: 00:01:00

Grinder (Hong Kong) by Japheth Jon-Hoi B

Gum (United States)

By Jacob Reed

In a reality where gum doesn't exist, Anne pitches an idea that could change the world. Running time: 00:08:54

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A Double Caprice at the Asylum (France)

By Stéphane Rizzi

A film found in an abandoned psychiatric institution (circa 1987-2018). Running time: 00:06:10

A Double Caprice at the Asylum (France)

Helfer (Hungary)

By Anna Szöllősi

'Helfer' is about a young woman who is struggling with anxiety and recurring nightmares that she wants to end. She seeks out a helper, who offers an alternative solution, but in the process she must confront her greatest fears. The film details their relationship in a surreal world through symbolic events. Running time: 00:09:45

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Sisyphus Dreaming (Hong Kong)

By Jas Pun

If Sisyphus were conscious in his dreams, is he still dreaming? A young man one day dreams that he is 'pressed by a ghost'. He then experiences various strange things: a new colleague with a weird pose; a guy with sunglasses at the urinals, a printer that spits letters; and even meeting the bald man who appears in his dream. When the young man gets on a red minibus after work, he finally realizes the meaning of all these strange incidents. Running time: 00:15:35

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Sisyphus Dreaming (Hong Kong) by Jas Pun

Not a Robot (United Kingdom)

By George Summers

A robot tries to break into a human facility, and is asked a security question... Running time: 00:01:00

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Not a Robot (United Kingdom) by George S

A Void Without A Face (Macao)

By Lao Keng U

Living together in a household, a daughter born with a birthmark struggles with her estranged mother. As the mother cleans the stains around the house, the birthmark awakens the daughter to trace back to the primal connection of their relationship. Running time: 00:17:00

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A Void Without A Face (Macao) by Lao Ken

Bellydance Vogue (Lebanon)

By Hadi Moussally

"My birthday was on the 3rd of April 2020 during lockdown, and for the first time, I celebrated it all by myself. But even if I was alone, I decided to celebrate it as if it’s the last one" This film was made during quarantine. Running time: 00:04:55

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Bellydance Vogue (Lebanon) by Hadi Mouss

200 Cigarettes from Now (China)

By Tianyu Ma

Summer 2019, Xia has a crush on someone who then seems vanished from the world. Fall 2019, Xia drops out of college and moves to Boston, working as a remote screenwriter. Living together with her best friend Jie, a struggling actor, they throw themselves into a faraway filmmaking dream, spending their time together chain-smoking, daydreaming, and just being self-indulgent as if they have all the time in the world to kill. Youth is supposed to be wasted and therefore never long-lasting. Xia puts all her efforts into retaining the summer while vainly looking for her disappeared crush. Jie has to move away. Xia knows that last summer is never coming back when the first snow arrives on time. Running time: 00:47:06

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200 Cigarettes from Now (China) by Tiany