Golden Scene Selection - January

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre 
Date: 2019.01.13 - 2019.01.18
Price: $75/ $95 (Ticket price of An Elephant Sitting Still will be adjusted to $95 due to film's length) ; Tickets available at URBTIX now.  
"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.
 
Screening Schedule
13/1 (Sun)   8:15pm    Napping Kid*
14/1 (Mon)  8pm         Still Human (Preview)*
15/1 (Tue)   8pm         Border (Preview)*
16/1 (Wed)  7:30pm    Ten Years Japan
16/1 (Wed)  9:30pm    Ten Years Taiwan (Preview)*
17/1 (Thu)   7:30pm    Ten Years Thailand
17/1 (Thu)   9:30pm    Ten Years*
18/1 (Fri)     7pm         An Elephant Sitting Still (Preview)
*With after-screening talk. 
 
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Napping Kid
Director: Amos Why
Cast: Ng Siu-hin, David Siu, Cecilia So
Hong Kong | 2018 | 99’ | In Cantonese with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP  | Colour

 

13/1 (Sun) 8:15pm*
*Director Amos WHY, Costume Designer Ivy Chan Tsz-man, Art Director Jean Tsoi, Cast Banky Yeung and Ning Chan will attend after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese). 
 
Four years after the critically acclaimed “Dot 2 Dot”, Director Amos Why returns with one of the brainiest mysteries of the year – “Napping Kid”, adapted from Hong Kong novelist, Mannshin’s award-winning mystery novel of the same name. 
 
Siu-yu (starring Cecilia So), a financial analyst who has been working to complete a budget analyst for an investment bank, finds that a file containing confidential information has been mysteriously deleted. Her colleague, Dylan (starring Ng Siu-hin), from the I.T. Department, also has no luck tracing the missing file. Soon after, their boss, John (starring Michael Wong) receives a ransom email from someone called K Kidnapper, demanding just $190,000 worth of ransom. The ransom must be paid in 3 days, otherwise they will share the information to the public. Siu-yu’s superior, Irene (starring Candy Cheung), finds her ex-husband, Tong Fu (starring David Siu), a police detective to discretely carry out an investigation in an attempt to maintain stock prices. While Tong Fu demands everyone to stay in a service apartment, an employee is found missing; A technical officer resigns, everyone is a suspect! 
 
Demanding just $190,000 worth of ransom, K Kidnapper is on the move. What secret lies behind the mystery?
 
 
 
Still Human (Preview)
Director: Oliver Chan Siu-kuen
Cast: Anthony Wong, Crisel Consunji, Sam Lee, Cecilia Yip, Himmy Wong
Hong Kong | 2018 | 111' | In Cantonese, Tagalog & English with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP | Color

 

14/1 (Mon) 8pm*
*Producer Fruit Chan, Director Oliver Chan, Cast Crisel Consunji, Sam Lee and Himmy Wong will attend after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).   
 
A paralyzed and hopeless divorcé, Cheong-wing (Anthony Wong) is in need of a caretaker. He meets his new live-in Filipino domestic helper, Evelyn (Crisel Consunji), who has put her dream on hold to come to Hong Kong to earn a living. Living under the same roof, these two strangers develop an unlikely relationship. As they get to learn more about each other, they also rediscover themselves - Cheong-wing begins to reconnect with his estranged son; Evelyn reignites her dream of being a photographer. Together, they help each other through ups and downs, twists and turns, love and loss and experience the different seasons of life. Just when they think they have lost all hope, little do they know, life still has a lot to offer.

 

The 3rd First Feature Film Initiative, The Film Development Fund
NETPAC Award, 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival
 
 
Border (Preview)
Director: Ali Abbasi
Cast: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff
Sweden, Denmark | 2018 | 110' | In Swedish with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP | Colour 

 

15/1 (Tue) 8pm*
*Film Critic Mr Cheng Ching-hang, Matthew (Hong Kong Film Critics Society) will attend after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).
 
Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself. Tina, like Vore, does not belong to this world. Her entire existence has been one big lie and now she has to choose: keep living the lie or embrace Vore’s terrifying revelations.

 

2018 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard Award

 

 

Ten Years Japan
Director: Hayakawa Chie, Kinoshita Yusuke, Tsuno Megumi, Fujimura Akiyo, Ishikawa Kei
Cast: Kawaguchi Satoru, Kunimura Jun, Sugisaki Hana, Ikewaki Chizuru, Taiga
Japan, Hong Kong | 2018 | 99' |In Japanese with Chinese & English subtitles| DCP |Color 
 
16/1 (Wed) 7:30pm 
 
Ten Years Japan is executive-produced by one of the nation’s leading filmmakers, Hirokazu Kore-eda. With his final approval, five up-and-coming Japanese filmmakers were chosen primarily for the quality of their screenplays, their originality, and their future prospects. They have conjured up five conceptions of what Japan might be like 10 years down the line.
 
Chie Hayakawa’s PLAN 75 suggests a modern-day The Ballad of Narayama, in its depiction of people 75 and over being guided by the government toward euthanasia. Yusuke Kinoshita’s Mischievous Alliance introduces children in a special school district, whose moral education is monitored closely by an artificial intelligence. Megumi Tsuno’s DATA is the tale of a young woman living with her father who begins to explore her “inheritance”: her late mother’s personal data in digital form. Akiyo Fujimura’s The Air We Can’t See delves into the relationship between a girl and her mother, who have been forced to live underground due to atmospheric pollution. Finally, Kei Ishikawa’s For Our Beautiful Country paints a picture of a Japan in which a military draft system has been reintroduced. 

 

Busan International Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

 

 

 

Ten Years Taiwan (Preview)
Director: Lekal Sumi Chilangasan, Rina B. Tsou, Lu Po-shun, Hsieh Pei-ju, Lau Kek Huat
Cast: Alina Tsai, Karolyn Kieke, Lu Dong-yang, Li Wen-he, Mike Wang
Taiwan, Hong Kong| 2018 |108' | In Mandarin, Formosan languages, Taiwanese & English with Chinese & English subtitles |DCP |Color 
 
16/1 (Wed) 9:30pm*
*Ten Years International Project producers Andrew Choi & Ng Ka-leung will attend after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese). 

The second spin-off of Hong Kong’s Ten Years features five visions of Taiwan ten years from now from up-and-coming Taiwan-based filmmakers. An aboriginal man living on the island of Lanyu recalls his days as an activist against the local waste disposal plant in Lekal Sumi’s The Can of Anido; Rina B. Tsou’s 942 explores the plight of migrant workers; a man faces a hard choice between his hometown and the promise of a better life in the city in Lu Po-shun’s Way Home; a producer searches for a baby in a city with an extremely low birth rate in Hsieh Pei-ju’s A Making-of; and Malaysian director Lau Kek Huat shows a woman who seeks solace from the real world using technology in The Sleep.

 

Busan International Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival

 

Ten Years Thailand
Director: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cast: Boonyarit Wiangnon, Kidakarn Chatkaewmanee, Tanasawan Thepsatorn, Sakda Kaewbuade
Thailand, Hong Kong | 2018 | 93' | In Thai with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP | B&W, Color 
 
17/1 (Thu) 7:30pm 

 

Following its controversial success in Hong Kong, Ten Years branches out with three new spin-offs that use the anthology format to showcase talented filmmakers from across Asia. The brief remains the same: Tackle an important social or political issue and imagine how it will play out ten years into the future. An army squadron takes issue with a painting in a gallery in Aditya Assarat’s Sunset; one man tries to survive in a cat’s world in Catopia by Wisit Sasanatieng; a dictator carries astonishing steps to control her people in Chulayarnnon Siriphol’s Planetarium; and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul portrays life in a health-addicted society in Song of the City.

Special Screenings, Cannes Film Festival
Tokyo International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 
 

 

Ten Years
Director: Zune Kwok, Fei-Pang Wong, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-Wai, Ka-Leung Ng
Cast: Liu Kai-chi, Courtney Wu, Peter Chan, Wong Ching, Lau Ho-Chi, Leung Kin-Ping, Ng Siu-hin, Tanzela Qoser
Hong Kong | 2015 | 104' |In Cantonese with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP |Color 
 
17/1 (Thu) 9:30pm*
*Ten Years International Project producers Andrew Choi & Ng Ka-leung will attend after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).  
 
Ten Years, is a collection of five short stories; a prophecy, and a fable for Hong Kong. Through their films, five of Hong Kong’s young directors are raising questions about the most central issues concerning our city, and the audience is invited to ponder together: directed by Kwok Zune, Extras questions where the terrorist attacks towards us will come from; directed by Wong Fei-Pang, Season of the End asks that what is left for us to protect when the awareness to preserve is at its end; directed by Jevons Au, Dialect sees how the fading of Cantonese affects the life of the people; directed by Chow Kwun-Wai, Self-immolator inmagines about self-immolators in Hong Kong in ten years from now; directed by Ng Ka-Leung, Local Egg reminds the audience what our next generation is meant to learn.
 
22nd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award, Film of Merit  
35th Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Film

 

 

An Elephant Sitting Still (Preview)
Director: Hu Bo
Cast: Zhang Yu, Peng Yuchang, Wang Yuwen, Li Congxi
China | 2018 | 234’ | In Putonghua with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP | Colour

 

18/1 (Fri) 7pm
 

Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this lugubrious tale of nihilistic rage. To protect his friend, 16-year-old WEI Bu pushes the school bully down the staircase and escapes the scene after the bully becomes hospitalized with his life hanging by a thread. WEI’s neighbor, the 60-year-old WANG Jin, is estranged from his family and decides to join him. HUANG Ling, WEI’s classmate, is bedeviled by an affair with the school official. Together, the desperate three decide to flee as the wounded bully’s hooligan brother, the school authorities and the parents all go on a cold-blooded hunt for WEI across town. As WEI treads through the wilderness, he finally confronts his own reality. In the end, he boards a long-distance bus with HUANG and WANG toward Manchuria, where a circus elephant is said to be sitting still.

Best Feature Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Audience Choice Award, 55th Taipei Golden Horse Awards
GWFF Best First Feature Award Special Mention, Prize of the FIPRESCI, 68th Berlin International Film Festival
 
 

Tickets available at URBTIX now. 

 

Ticket prices: $75 / 60*

Ticket price of An Elephant Sitting Still will be adjusted to $95 / $76 due to film's length.

 

* 20% discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder. Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.

* 20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

 

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Co-Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Golden Scene Company Limited


What's On
Screening
Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema 
2019.01.04 - 2019.02.27
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Exhibition
Experimental Gallery, 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre 
2019.02.08 - 2019.02.27
Performance
Hong Kong Arts Centre McAulay Studio 
2019.02.19 - 2019.02.24
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