DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Planting for Life | 種植人生

Saturday, September 24th, 1:30 p.m., E St Cinema

GU Xiaogang/ CN/ 74 MINS

顧曉剛/ 中国大陆/ 74分钟

Old Jia was a white-collar worker who gave up his city life and returned to thefor the countryside with his wife, Lizi. He abandoned chemical fertilizer for to practice natural farming. His attitude and philosophy attracted a big group of admirers followersfrom the city, however, locals found his farming methods disagreeable. whereas local villagers found his approaches disagreeable. When Old Jia finally left and looked back this part of his life, he saw the germination of seeds, the birth of new life, the harvest of crops, and the betrayal of love. And as always, life goes on.

 

都市白領老賈放棄城市生活,帶著妻子回歸田園,實踐自然農法的種植。他的理念吸引了一批城市仰慕者,而當地的村民卻不敢苟同。日出日落,夫妻逐漸失去了相濡以沫的情感,只剩下責任分工與義務,家庭與田園生活都面臨了困境與裂痕。他們的故事裏,有種子的培育,有生命的誕生,有稻谷的豐收,也有愛情的背叛,見證了人生的步履不停。

THE SHOESHINER’S JOURNEY | 昨日狂想曲

Tuesday, September 20th, 8:20 p.m., E St Cinema

LI Xiaoeng, JIA Kai/ CN/ 76 MINS

黎小鋒, 賈恺/ 中国大陆/ 76分钟

If one day at a noisy street of a city or a dusty road of a remote village in China, you bump into a broken van wrapped in slogans and red flags, with high-pitched patriot songs of the 1960s that hurt your ears, you shouldn’t be surprised. It’s LIU coming for his “Learning From Lei Feng Campaign”. LIU used to have a good job in the government, but twelve years ago he quit it and left his family behind to promote Lei Feng’s spirit and embarked on a journey that he called “the second long march”. The filming started in 2007 and lasted for seven years. The story unfolds as the protagonist’s journey goes on a journey that keeps evoking his traumatic past rooted in the Mao’s era, aggravated by his incompatibility with contemporary China. To a certain extent, his personal past and present are intimately intertwined with that of China. The film reveals the subtle relations and the mutual construction between individual and history.

 

若你正身處中國,無論是在喧囂的一、二線城市或偏遠鄉村,要是看見一輛插著紅旗、貼滿標語的破車停在面前,以高分貝播放著紅色革命歌曲,無須大驚小怪。這不是上個世紀六十年代的穿越場景,而是老劉的「全國長征宣傳雷鋒」專車。

 

老劉,本名劉光建,和五十年前被塑造爲「共産主義戰士」的雷鋒是同期戰友,雖光環遠不及雷鋒,卻也同樣抱持「忠于人民、忠于黨」的理念、同樣聽從毛主席的指示辦事,同樣夢想成爲稱職的「共産主義事業的接班人」。1998年,老劉離開在西藏自治區的公務員一職,抛家棄子,決定漫遊中國發揚雷鋒精神。一路上他爲人免費擦鞋,生活接近乞討邊緣,卻苦心孤詣地要創建共産國際大學。

 

「爲人民服務」這看似謙卑的願望,成爲老劉在物質條件匮乏的現實生活中唯一引以爲傲、甚至自負的根源;片中隨時可見他對跟拍多年的導演下指導棋,有意識地左右鏡頭的拍攝和故事的走向,呈現出拍攝者與被攝者的複雜權力關系。

 

中國在文革結束後的五十年,從極端的毛式共産主義走向蓬勃的資本主義,老劉看似瘋狂的固執行徑,體現了身處社會快速巨變下無法妥協的曆史境遇和難以直面的精神創傷。隨著老劉的車輪滾滾向前,中國的過去和現在也不斷交叉展現。

Papa Rainbow | 彩虹伴我行

Friday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m., E St Cinema

FAN Popo/ CN/ 80 MINS

范坡坡/ 中国大陆/ 80分钟

In China, most families have difficulties facing their lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) children. They have to contend with social beliefs that homosexuality is shameful, abnormal, a perverted condition caused by deviant family relationships. Many parents view kids as their belonging, and fathers often assert their authority to ensure that no harm comes to the family’s reputation. This documentary features six fathers who talk openly about their experiences with LGBT children. Speaking out against stigma, they redefine what it means to protect a household.

 

在中國,大部分家庭難以面對同性戀、雙性戀、跨性別的孩子。很多父母把子女當做自己的財産,而父親在家庭中更是扮演著權威角色。男權、專制、保守,這些名詞就是爸爸的名字?

 

四年前我們拍攝了《彩虹伴我心》,現在又找來六位父親和家人一起現身講述他們的故事。他們來自中國的不同區域,有著不同的文化背景、生活經驗,面對孩子的“出櫃”他們也有過複雜的心情。

 

而現在,除了接受自己的孩子,他們還大膽邁出了你們難以想象的一步!兩個爲期兩天的戲劇工作坊中,面臨巨大挑戰,彩虹老爸們將展現讓你意想不到的演技大爆發!打破固有的男性氣質規範,解放僵硬的性取向藩籬,用實際行動將愛進行到底!

Please Remember Me | 我只認識你

Monday, September 19th, 4:30 p.m., E St Cinema

ZHAO Qing/ CN/ 78 MINS

趙青/ 中国大陆/ 78分钟

"Every day, people see 88 years old Feng and 87 years old Lou going out hand in hand to practice Tai Chi. Hardly could anybody tell that Lou has had Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 Years ago, Lou went out on an afternoon for a haircut and didn’t return at dinnertime until she wastaken home by the police. Over the years, Lou has forgotten almost everyone. What is Feng going to do with Lou if he gets sick? Who is going to take care of her if he passes away first? When the end is getting closer, can they still live a life with dignity and freedom?"

 

樹鋒和味芳,這是一對生活在上海的耄耋老人。十年前的某個午後,味芳獨自出門去理發,卻到晚飯時辰還沒有回家,這讓樹鋒焦急萬分...最後是警察把味芳送回了家。樹鋒這才開始意識到,味芳是患上了阿爾茨海默症。之後的這些年,她幾乎忘記了生命中所有的人和過往,卻唯獨認識和信賴與她相伴了近半個世紀的愛人樹鋒。

萬一他生病了,味芳該怎麽辦?萬一他先走了,味芳又該如何生活下去?生命接近尾聲,兩位老人的生活也在時刻發生著變化,他們是否還能快樂而有尊嚴地走到最後?

HOLD ME TIGHTS | 絲襪的秘密

Sunday, September 25th, 12:00 p.m., US Navy Memorial

Nicola CONTINI/ IT, CN/ 52 MINS

Nicola CONTINI/ 意大利,中国大陆/ 52分钟

"China seen through the eyes of Emilia and Angiolo, small business entrepreneurs from Tuscany who, after their company producing women’s stockings went bankrupt, emigrated from the small industrial in Italy to Yiwu, in the People’s Republic of China.

 

Thanks to their craftsmanship, they catapulted into, becoming stars of the world’s most booming economy at 65 years old.

 

After 10 years spent in China, they have another challenge to face: find the courage to come back home."

City of Jade|翡翠之城

Sunday, September 25th, 3:30 p.m., E St Cinema

MIDI Z/ TW, MM/ 98 MINS

趙徳胤/ 中国台湾,缅甸/ 98分钟

"Director Midi Z was only five years old when his eldest brother, then 16 years old, abandoned the family.

 

There were rumors that he’d found riches in the mythical ""City of Jade"". Years later, by the time Midi Z moved to Taiwan and become a film director, he was released from the Mandalay prison.

 

Weak, but still hopeful to become rich overnight, he set off once again for the mines, just like countless others in the Myanmar's war-torn Kachin state on the border with China.

 

Midi Z accompanied his brother on his motor bike to a place a place where heroes, adventurers and desperate searching for jade while being hunted down by soldiers and plagued by malaria, with opium spurring them as they pursue their dream for great wealth."

 

「歸鄉三部曲」後趙德胤實現了多年夢想,将摄像机聚焦他的哥哥,一個挖玉石的人。

緬甸玉礦區一直战乱不断,但玉石工人依然不斷湧去,甘冒戰火和沙土淹埋的危險碰運氣。哥哥16 年前曾挖到寶,但半個錢沒拿回家,最终逃不掉礦工宿命染上毒癮,把挣来的钱都挥霍一空。趙德胤拿起影機走進礦區跟他算這筆賬,發現了哥原來有個留學夢,自己卻實現了。鏡頭前的無情真相驚擾了拍攝計劃,翡翠之城的故事里不仅有他哥,更有导演自己。本已经形同陌路的两兄弟终于又走到了一起。

 

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