Films Boutique Line-up : HONG KONG FILMART 2019

GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY

A Film by Denis Côté (VIC+FLO SAW A BEAR)

2019 - Fantasy Drama - Canada - 1.85 - 97 min

with Robert Naylor, Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil

In Irénée-les-Neiges, a small, isolated town with a population of 215, Simon Dubé dies in a car accident. The stunned townspeople are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the tragedy. From that point on, for the Dubé family as well as for Mayor Smallwood and a handful of others, time seems to lose all meaning, and the days stretch on without end. Something descends slowly upon the area. In this period of mourning and in this fog, strangers start to appear. Who are they? What is happening?

SCREENINGS


Tue March 19th 4:00 PM Theatre 1 HKCEC   Market          
Sun March 24th 7:30 PM The Metroplex            
Sat March 30th 10:00 PM MCL Telford Cinema            

FLESH OUT

A Film by Michela Occhipinti

2019 - Drama - Italy - 1.85 - 94 min

with Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche, Amal Saab Bouh Oumar, Aichetou Abdallahi Najim

Verida is a modern girl. She works in a beauty salon, is addicted to social media and hangs out with her friends. Still, she is engaged to a man chosen by her family. Like many girls her age, she is under pressure to gain a substantial amount of weight in a tradition called gavage, in order to reach the voluptuous body considered in Mauritania a sign of great beauty, charm, wealth and social status. The wedding is fast approaching and meal after meal Verida is starting to challenge everything she always thought was normal: her loved ones, her way of life, and not least, her own body.


TOP END WEDDING

A Film by Wayne Blair (THE SAPPHIRES)

Written by Miranda Tapsell, Joshua Tyler

2019 - Comedy - Australia - 2.39 - 103 min

with Miranda Tapsell (THE SAPPHIRES), Gwilym Lee (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY), Kerry Fox (INTIMACY)

Engaged and in love Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to reunite her newly separated parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. But Lauren’s mother has gone missing, experiencing a midlife crisis. In order to find her, the couple go on a fantastic road trip across northern Australia. Along the way they find fulfilment for their own personal journeys through the wild beauty of the landscapes and the unbeatable charm of the characters that they meet along the way. But will they finally recover Lauren’s mother and pursue their dream wedding?


DOLCE FINE GIORNATA

A Film by Jacek Borcuch (ALL THAT I LOVE)

2019 - Drama - Poland - 2.39 - 96 min

with Krystyna Janda (INTERROGATION, MAN OF MARBLE, MEPHISTO), Kasia Smutniak (FROM PARIS WITH LOVE), Vincent Riotta

Free-spirited Maria Linde, a Jewish-Polish Nobel Prize winner, lives in Tuscany surrounded by warmth and chaos in her family’s villa. A loving mother and grandmother, she also fosters a secret flirtation with the much younger Egyptian man who runs a nearby seaside inn. After a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria refuses to succumb to the hysterical fear and anti-immigrant sentiment that quickly emerge, deciding in her acceptance speech of a local honor to boldly decry Europe’s eroding democracy—but she is unprepared for the public and personal havoc her comments wreak.

SUNDANCE
BEST ACTRESS

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

A Film by Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra (EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT)

2018 - Drama - Colombia/Mexico/Denmark/France - 35mm - 120 min

with Carmiña Martínez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narvaez, Natalia Reyes

In the 70s, as the American youth embraces hippie culture, marijuana bonanza hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. In the Guajira desert, a Wayuu indigenous family takes a leading role in this new venture, and discovers the perks of wealth and power. But when greed, passion, and honour blend together, a fratricidal war breaks out and will soon put their family, their lives and their ancestral traditions at stake.

SCREENINGS


Fri March 22nd 9:30 PM Elements            
Sun March 31st 9:45 PM The Metroplex            

THE RIVER

A Film by Emir Baigazin

2018 - Drama - Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway - 2.39 - 108 min

with Zhalgas Klanov, Zhasulan Userbayev, Ruslan Userbayev, Eric Tazabekov

A family with five sons lives in a remote Kazakh village. In accordance with the Eastern tradition, the eldest son Aslan (13) becomes the Father's deputy, in charge of all the work, and delegating the tasks. One day Aslan takes his brothers to the River for a swim - a moment of deep happiness. From then on, life is different. And when Kanat, an unknown cousin, unexpectedly arrives at the village, the structured life of the family begins to fall apart for good.

ORIZZONTI AWARD
BEST DIRECTOR

SCREENINGS


Sat March 23rd 2:30 PM the sky            
Tue March 26th 9:45 PM MCL Telford Cinema            

JOY

A Film by Sudabeh Mortezai (MACONDO)

2018 - Drama - Austria - 1.85 - 99 min

with Joy Alphonsus, Mariam Precious Sanusi, Angela Ekeleme

JOY tells the story of a young woman from Nigeria caught in the vicious cycle of trafficking and sexual exploitation. She is struggling to pay off her debts to the Madame (her pimp and exploiter) while supporting her family in Nigeria and trying to make a better life for herself and her little daughter in Vienna. On her journey to freedom, it's hard for Joy to find her role between victim and accomplice within a merciless system of exploitation. Especially when she is instructed by the Madame to control and supervise Precious, a teenage girl fresh from Nigeria who is not ready to accept her fate just yet.

VENICE 2018
EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
VENICE 2018
BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER AWARD

SCREENINGS


Tue March 19th 7:30 PM Festival Grand Cinema            
Sun March 31st 9:45 PM the sky            

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