Films Boutique Line-up : HONG KONG FILMART 2018

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ELDORADO

A Film by Markus Imhoof (MORE THAN HONEY, THE BOAT IS FULL - Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film)

2018 - Documentary - Switzerland / Germany - 1.85 - 92 min

In the lean years of WW II, the family of Swiss director Markus Imhoof took in Giovanna, an Italian refugee part of a limited-term program for children. When her stay ended, Giovanna was forced to return to Italy, where she died of illness soon after. With this early experience as a point of entry to the ongoing refugee crisis, Imhoof takes us on a journey with extraordinary access through the Italian warships of Operation Mare Nostrum, refugee camps handled by the Italian Mafia, asylum hearings with local authorities, all designed to turn back refugees at all levels. What emerges is a stark picture of a human tragedy and the biggest mass displacement of people since World War II.

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Wed March 21st 18:00 MEETING ROOM N101A, HKCEC   Private          

PIG

Directed by Mani Haghighi (A DRAGON ARRIVES, MEN AT WORK)

2018 - Comedy / Drama - Iran - 2.39 - 107 min

with Hasan Majuni, Leila Hatami (A SEPARATION), Leili Rashidi, Parinaz Izadyar

Hasan is full of rage. He's been blacklisted and hasn't been allowed to make a film in years. His star, a woman he adores, is impatient and wants to work with other directors. His wife seems to have fallen out of love with him, and his mother has become old and is slowly losing her mind. Worst of all, film directors across the city are being murdered one after the other, but the serial killer is inexplicably ignoring him. Hasan's feelings are hurt: isn't he the most accomplished filmmaker in town? So why is he being neglected? All these frustrations come to a head when, through a series of bizarre misunderstandings, he becomes the prime suspect in the serial murder case. Social media are abuzz, Hasan has to come up with an ingenious plan to restore his reputation...


SEASON OF THE DEVIL

A Film by Lav Diaz (THE WOMAN WHO LEFT, A LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY)

2018 - Drama - Philippines - 1.50 - 234 min

with Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Pinky Amador, Bituin Escalante

In the late 70s, a gang of militias under the control of the military, terrorizes a remote village in the Philippines. The poet/teacher/activist, Hugo Haniway, decides to find out the truth about the disappearance of his wife. A love story set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos Dictatorship.

Based on real events and real characters.


L’ANIMALE

A Film by Katharina Mueckstein

Original title song L’Animale by Franco Battiato


2018 - Drama - Austria - 2.39 - 96 min

with Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta

Mati and her boy gang on their tuned motocross bikes are the terror of their village and make life difficult for all the girls. But when Sebastian, the leader of the pack, falls in love with Mati and she becomes friends with Carla, one of the victims of their needling, Mati runs the risk of losing her place with the boys. At the same time, a deeply hidden secret stands between Mati’s parents, and the two of them must decide: what counts for more, seeming or being.


MARIO

A Film by Marcel Gisler

2018 - Drama - Switzerland - 1.85 - 118 min

with Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, Jessy Morave

There’s a ripple of disquiet in the locker-room when Leon, a new striker, joins the football team. Sharing a flat with keen rival Mario sets the scene for an unexpected love affair, but the path of gay love in this macho world is not an easy one. Mario is unwilling or unable to acknowledge the implications of what is happening. But pretend girlfriends don’t fool everyone. And gossip, along with the threat of blackmail, unbalances the team’s morale. With the prospect of a professional career a strong possibility, will Mario forsake the hope of emotional satisfaction for professional gain?


BUTTERFLIES

A Film by Tolga Karaçelik

2018 - Turkey - Drama/Comedy - 2.35 - 117 min

with Tolga Tekin, Bartu Küçükçağlayan, Tuğçe Altuğ

Cemal, Kenan, and Suzi are siblings who have grown apart since leaving Hasanlar, the tiny village where they grew up, and going their separate ways. When an unexpected call from their estranged father demands they return to the village immediately, Cemal, the eldest, is tasked with reuniting the family and convincing his brother and sister to take a road trip back to the places and memories they have been working so hard to forget. As they try to piece their dysfunctional family back together and confront their shared past, they’ll have to contend with each other’s peculiarities and get to know one another all over again, even as the strangest elements of all await them in the village.

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CORNELIUS, THE HOWLING MILLER

A Film by Yann Le Quellec

Based on the bestselling novel by Arto Paasilinna

Original title song by Iggy Pop

Produced by AGAT FILMS (THE YOUNG KARL MARX, LA VILLA)


2018 - Drama - France - 2.35 - 105 min

with Bonaventure Gacon, Anais Demoustier, Gustave Kervern, Denis Lavant

An odd miller, Cornelius, settles in a small village at the end of the world to build a mill. At first well received, the stranger soon reveals a surprising secret: every night he is baying at the moon, preventing the inhabitants from sleeping. When the villagers decide to chase him away, Carmen, the mayor’s daughter and charming horticultural adviser, decides to fight with Cornelius to defend his freedom and their budding love.


DOG

A Film by Samuel Benchetrit (MACADAM STORIES, I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GANGSTER)

Produced by A Single Man Productions (DALIDA)


2017 - Drama - France - 2.35 - 87 min

with Vincent Macaigne, Bouli Lanners, Vanessa Paradis

Jacques Blanchot just lost everything: his wife, his son, his house, his work. Abandoned by all, he gets picked up by a zealous pet shop owner who, unable to see him as a friend, offers to train him as his dog. Losing foot with reality, rejected by his peers, Jacques Blanchot discovers the challenges and perks of this new life. Adapted from his own novel, Samuel Benchetrit tells us the fall of an individual with humor and self-mockery.

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