A nicely shot study of ennui with a thimbleful of content.
Big Blue Lake
Plot-light but involving study of a woman returning to her home village outside Hong Kong.
Arty backwoods slasher movie doesn't give the audience much to hang on to.
Gravity starves Hunger Games at China B.O.
Kenneth Bi's Control third-placed
Singapore, France major winners at Golden Horse
Ilo Ilo wins best film, Grandmaster most awards
Golden Horse Reflections
What the Awards means to this year's participants
10th HKAFF cooks up a White Storm
Snowpiercer is Hong Kong festival's closing film
Golden Horse Festival unveils line-up
Taiwan festival includes six world premieres
Location Face-off: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia
Experience, incentives and facilities attract shoots
Back to 1942 represents China at Oscars
Malaysia and Vietnam absent from full list released by Academy
Taipei Film Council set to launch
New body to absorb Taipei Film Commission
Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominees
Five including Ilo Ilo tied with 6 nominations
Taiwan submits Soul to Oscars
Father-and-son thriller sent to Academy Awards
Tokyo presents second Taiwan Renaissance
Six films selected in director-driven focus at Japanese festival
Zone Pro Site remains atop Taipei box office
Taiwan comedy does combined box office of Hollywood new releases
Toronto finalises lineup, guests
Additions from first-timers and established auteurs
Three Asian features at Vanguard in Toronto
World premiere of new film by Brillante Mendoza
NAFF awards Baby, Green Field and Ruined Heart!
Stories about the underworld recognised at South Korean project market
Stone and Soul win at Taipei Film Awards
Festival held at time of uncertainty for industry
NAFF finalises Filipino focus
Seven from Philippines completes project selection
Directors' Fortnight denounces director
Controversy at opening screening of Taipei Factory
Taipei Film Festival embraces Soul
Local feature competition includes anarchic comedy The Bendover
Ablaze launches with hot Chou title
Taiwan sales agency backed by local production houses
Kore-eda, Miike, Jia join Cannes competition
Asian films announced in several sections
HAF explains awards error
"Genuine mistake" at HK project market
Heart stripped of HAF honours
Script award switched to another Taiwan project
Barber's and Doomsday find rapture at HAF
HAF rewards projects from HK and Philippines
Poets, housewives and nude internet stars
Euthanasia, synesthesia and amnesia triangulate HAF project market
Osaka jury has romance with Beloved
Debut film from China wins Grand Prix
HAF reflects on indies
Project market focuses on HK, China and Thailand
Fortnight opens dialogue with Taiwan
Taipei Factory to launch in Cannes
Black Nights puts spotlight on Asia
Festival's industry event highlights potential of Asia
HK-China odd couple driven round the Bends
First time director gets veteran crew and FDC support
Light touched by Fortissimo
Sales agency picks up Taiwan-produced crowd-pleaser
Fourth Direction adds French co-prod
Punjabi drama scores on project market circuit
Terracotta army puts on victory parade
HK films showcased in London
Shanghai Talent award goes to India's Kshay
Depiction of obsession heads for theatrical release
Simple Life tops HK awards
Speeches warn of HK industry peril
HAF rewards MacLennan Affair, Balloon
Project market wraps with swanky prize ceremony
Dirty star Balan crowned at National Awards
Regional cinema and Bollywood split Indian honours
HAF picks Fox Awards finalists
Development projects seek cash, deals
Bullets still flying at HK Film Awards
Films by Jiang Wen and Tsui Hark receive 13 nominations each
HAF expands scale and int'l collaboration
Project market includes documentaries, top name talent
Rabbits and an elephant animate FTPP
Taipei project market announces 2011 selection
Project markets agree on co-op deal
HAF and NAFF to boost genre film-making
HAF favours edgy films
Vietnamese and Chinese-language films sweep prizes
HAF project list unveiled
28 in the running at finance market
HHH calculates 10+10=100
Taiwan anniversary omnibus to feature 20 directors
HAF to create script writing prize
Fund limited to Chinese-speaking directors
Garcia to head HK Film Festival
Veteran programmer returns 30 years after
Tokyo Project Gathering Hosts Host Sequel
Co-production market emphasises Japanese and Korean cinema
HAF winners claim $77,000
Five projects share the limelight at Hong Kong market
HAF honours co-founder with new prize
Wouter Barendrecht award, cash hikes increase value of project market
Paris projects tap rich vein at HAF
By Stephen Cremin
Thu, 07 June 2012, 11:30 AM (HKT)
The 2012 Paris Project Meetings (2-4 Jul), part of the 10th Festival Paris Cinema (29 Jun — 10 Jul), has announced its lineup of films seeking investment and co-production partners. Of the fourteen projects selected, six originate from Asia.
Two are presented in partnership with the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) 香港亞洲電影投資會, Gurvinder SINGH's The Fourth Direction Chauthi koot and Jessey TSANG 曾翠珊's Flowing Stories 河上變村.
Both were recipients of the Paris Project Award in March at the Hong Kong event.
Singh's 1984-set The Fourth Direction combines two short stories by Waryam SINGH SANDHU that recount two harrowing journeys by ordinary people during the most turbulent — and bloody — years of post-independence India.
Flowing Stories documents Tsang's home village in Hong Kong's New Territories, where she spent 30 years of her life, interviewing different generations. The village was also the setting of her recent narrative feature Big Blue Lake 大藍湖 (2011).
Also originating at HAF is Flora LAU 劉韻文's Bends 過界 about an affluent housewife, her Chinese chauffeur and his pregnant wife. It explores the politically sensitive issue of pregnant mothers who cross the border to give birth in Hong Kong.
Other projects include WANG Chao 王超's Looking for Rohmer 尋找羅麥, originally presented at the Shanghai International Film Festival 上海國際電影節. It is a road movie featuring a man and a woman — who both feel responsible for their friend's death in Tibet — making a journey together from Paris to Province.
Khavn DE LA CRUZ's Ruined Heart! Another Love Story between a Criminal and a Whore "explores the connection between love and violence". It is inspired by his 15-minute short that competed at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
Bikas Ranjan MISHRA's Four Colours चौरंगा — previously presented at the Locarno Film Festival, Berlinale Talent Campus and Goa's Film Bazaar — is the story of a 14-year-old boy's infatuation within the setting of the rigid caste system in rural India.
The project market also continues it Taiwan Workshop, in partnership with the Taipei Film Commission 臺北市電影委員會. It highlights four projects that are candidates to be European co-productions. Three are by recognised Taiwan-based directors.
The titles include SHEN Ko-shang 沈可尚's Malaysia-set coming-of-age fable Songs of the Siren 賽蓮之歌, CHUNG Mong-hong 鍾孟宏's psychological drama Soul 失魂 (also from HAF) and Tom Lin's No More Shall We Part 鄰家女孩, which he describes as a "twisted Lolita complex love story".
The titles in the Paris Project Screenings, presenting films still in post-production, will be announced next week. Festival Paris Cinema will announce the complete lineup of its large Hong Kong film tribute later today.
PARIS PROJECT MEETINGS 2012
- Bends; dir. Flora Lau [Hong Kong]
- Flowing Stories; dir. Jessey Tsang [Hong Kong]
- Four Colours; dir. Bikas Ranjan Mishra [India]
- The Fourth Direction; dir. Gurvinder Singh [India]
- Looking for Rohmer; dir. Wang Chao [China]
- Ruined Heart! Another Love Story between a Criminal and a Whore; dir. Khavn De La Cruz [Germany/Philippines]
TAIWAN WORKSHOP 2012
- Crossing; dir. Eicke Bettinga [Germany]
- No More Shall We Part; dir. Tom Lin [Taiwan]
- Songs of Siren; dir. Shen Ko-shang [Taiwan]
- Soul; dir. Chung Mong-hong [Taiwan]