"Golden Scene Selection", proudly presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) and Golden Scene Company Limited, will bring the audience a series of cherry-picked selections from around the world at the HKAC.
17/8 (Sat) 2:30pm A Taxi Driver
17/8 (Sat) 7pm 1987: When The Day Comes*
18/8 (Sun) 2:30pm The Zookeeper’s Wife
18/8 (Sun) 5pm No
18/8 (Sun) 8pm A Family Tour
*With after-screening discussion (conducted in Cantonese).
A Taxi Driver
Director: Jang Hoon
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol
South Korea | 2017 | 137’ | In Korean and English with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour
17/8 (Sat) 2:30pm
May 1980. A Seoul taxi driver named Man-seob (SONG Kang-ho) comes across an offer too good to be true. If he drives a foreign passenger from Seoul down to Gwangju and back again before the curfew, he'll be paid the unthinkable sum of 100,000 won – enough to cover several months of unpaid rent. Without stopping to ask the details, he picks up the German reporter Peter (Thomas Kretschmann) and sets off along the highway.
Although stopped by police roadblocks at the edge of Gwangju, Man-seob is desperate to earn his taxi fare, and eventually manages to find a way into the city. There they encounter students and ordinary citizens taking part in large-scale demonstrations against the government. Man-seob, alarmed by the danger in the air, pleads with Peter to go quickly back to Seoul. But Peter ignores him, and with the help of a university student Jae-sik (RYU Jun-yeol) and a Gwangju taxi driver named HWANG (YOO Hai-jin), begins shooting with his news camera. As time passes the situation grows more and more serious, and Man-seob keeps thinking of his young daughter at home all alone.
1987: When The Day Comes
Director: Jang Joon-hwan
Cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hai-jin, Kim Tae-ri
South Korea | 2017 | 129’ | In Korean with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour
17/8 (Sat) 7pm*
*Steve Chung, Assistant Lecturer of Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will attend the after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).
In January 1987, a 22-year-old college student dies during a police interrogation. Under the orders of Director Park (KIM Yoon-seok), the police request the body to be cremated in order to destroy evidence. Public Prosecutor Choi (HA Jung-woo), who was on duty on the day of the incident, denies the request and calls for an autopsy. The police maintain the lie that the death was a simple accident, resulting from shock. The autopsy results, however, point to torture as the cause of death. Yoon (LEE Hee-jun), a journalist following the case, reports that the death was a result of asphyxiation during torture. Director Park attempts to conceal the truth by ending the case, arresting two detectives including inspector Cho (PARK Hee-soon). While in prison, inspector Cho reveals the truth to prison guard Han Byung-yong (YOO Hai-jin), who embarks on a dangerous mission to relay the information to an opposition politician through his niece, Yeon-hee (KIM Tae-ri).
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl and Johan Heldenbergh
USA| 2017 | 126’ | In English with Chinese and English (in parts) subtitles| DCP | Colour
18/8 (Sun) 2:30pm
The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Dr. Jan Zabinski and his wife Antonina, who helped rescued hundreds of Jews and animals during the German invasion. The film stars Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and Golden Globe nominee Daniel Brühl.
Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro
Chile, USA, Mexico | 2012 | 117’ | In Spanish with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour
18/8 (Sun) 5pm
In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.
A Family Tour
Director: Ying Liang
Cast: Gong Zhe, Nai An, Pete TeoHong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia | 2018 |108' | In Mandarin, Cantonese & Taiwanese with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP | Colour
18/8 (Sun) 8pm
“The Mother of One Recluse” was the work of Chinese film director Yang Shu. She made the film five years ago, and in doing so offended the Chinese government. Since then she has been forced to remain in exile in Hong Kong. Her mother who lives in Sichuan has had a relapse of her stomach cancer from years ago, and needs to undergo an operation imminently. She wishes to see her daughter and grandson, having only known the latter via internet chat. Therefore, Yang Shu takes the opportunity of a film festival event to go with her husband and son to Taiwan to meet her mother, whom they have arranged to meet when the latter is there on a mainland company leisure tour. To ensure this family reunion can take place under the strict control of regulated schedule by the Chinese tour company, the young family checks in to the same hotel, and follows the tour group to the various scenic spots they visit.
Ticket price: $80 / 64*
*20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.
For admission, audience must present the QR code (either in electric or printed version) shown on the PUTYOURSELF.in e-ticket at the venue.
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Co-Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Golden Scene Company Limited