11 Movies from the section Horizons
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2018-11-20

Discover what life has been like in Thailand over the past 10 years, as seen through the eyes of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. what lies in store if you are to find yourself in love with Bin, the local bandit? Where do people disappear in Lee Chang-Dong's Burning? and what challenges are faced by a young couple from Tehran who decide to leave for Australia to study?

In the section Horizonts you will see: 

10 Years Thailand (Hong Kong, Thailand, 2018)

10 Years Thailand is an omnibus film inviting four Thai directors to imagine their country a decade from now. Each contributes an episode that taken together, sound a warning about the current political situation in Thailand. Since 2014, the country has been ruled by a military dictatorship that has curbed dissent, public expression, and diversity of thought.

Directors: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a filmmaker and artist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressing personal politics and social issues. They have won him widespread international recognition and numerous prizes, including a Palme d'Or from Cannes, the first for a Southeast Asian filmmaker.

A Land Imagined (Huan tu, Singapore, France, Netherlands, 2018)

Set in industrial Singapore, police investigator Lok must find missing migrant worker Wang.
Wang suffers a worksite accident and is anxious about repatriation. Unable to sleep, Wang starts frequenting a dreamy cybercafé in the dead of the night. Hoping to look for some form of human connection in this foreign land he feels alienated from, Wang forms a virtual friendship with a mysterious gamer that takes a sinister turn. When Wang suddenly disappears, Lok digs deep into the trail leading to a land reclamation site, in order to uncover the truth beneath all that sand.

Yeo Siew Hua studied philosophy at the National University of Singapore and is a member of the 13 Little Pictures film collective. He wrote and directed the experimental film, IN THE HOUSE OF STRAW (2009). He participated in the 2015 edition of Talents Tokyo and pitched at Autumn Meeting 2016, where he won the Grand Prix for his second fiction feature, A LAND IMAGINED (2018). The film also took part in the Asia Pacific Screen Lab 2017 and is a recipient of the Hubert Bals Fund and the Aide aux Cinema du Monde.

Ash is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv, China, France, Japan 2018)

Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.

Jia Zhang-Ke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi, in 1970 and graduated from Beijing Film Academy. His debut feature XIAO WU won prizes in Berlin, Vancouver and elsewhere. Since then, his films have routinely premiered in the major European festivals. STILL LIFE won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2006, A TOUCH OF SIN won the Best Screenplay prize in Cannes in 2013.


Burning (Beoning, South Korea, 2018)

While jumping from job to job to support himself, Jong-su runs into Hae-mi, a childhood friend from his hometown. The two start to grow fond of each other, and Jong-su wonders if he has found someone he can maybe one-day fall in love with. Hae-mi asks Jong-su to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa, but when he goes to pick her up at the airport in his run-down truck, Jong-su is surprised to see her with another man. Based on the short story Barn Burning by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Burning is lyrical, poetic, and mysterious.

Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim. With "Oasis" (2002) Lee received countless awards, including the Special Director's Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Foxtrot (Israel, Switzerland, Germany, France, 2017)

Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son, Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well- meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists which rivals the surreal military experiences of his son.

Samuel Maoz was born in Tel Aviv. As a young soldier, Maoz trained as a gunner. That personal experience influenced his debut film, Lebanon, which won the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival. Foxtrot, Maoz's follow-up film, has received immense international acclaim, winning eight Israeli Ophir Awards and the 2017 Venice International Film Festival's Silver Lion.


Melbourne (Iran, 2014)

Amir and Sara are a young couple from Tehran about to leave for Australia to continue their studies in Melbourne. But a few hours before their plane leaves they find themselves in an unforeseen drama. Amir and Sara's actual trip starts far from their airport, at their own place.

Nima Javidi is an Iranian screenwriter and director, born in 1980. He Started filmmaking with a short film named "Marathon champion" (2000) when he was 18. His first feature "Melbourne" (2014) which was the opening film in critics' week in Venice film festival (2014) has attended more than 60 festivals around the world. He is working on post production of his second feature film ‘The Warden' (2018), at the moment.

Grass (South Korea, 2018)

The owner of this cafe in a traditional district of Seoul is never shown. But we do discover he likes classical music. A young woman accuses a young man of being responsible for her girlfriend's suicide. A little later, she pays him a compliment. He stares at the floor, embarrassed. In the middle of the conversation, there's a whip-pan on to the neighboring table where a woman is sitting at her laptop. She overhears snatches of dialogue and develops them further.

Hong Sangsoo was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1960. He studied at Chung-Ang University, California College of Arts and Crafts and the Art Institute of Chicago. Since making his first feature film in 1996, he has written and directed 21 films.

Our Time (Nuestro tiempo, Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, 2018)

A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. When Esther becomes infatuated with a horse trainer named Phil, the couple struggles to stride through the emotional crisis.

Carlos Reygadas was born in Mexico City. His feature debut Japon (2002) received a Special Mention for the Caméra d'Or prize at Cannes and he won the Cannes Jury Prize for Silent Light (2007). His other features are Battle In Heaven (2005) and Post Tenebras Lux (2012).

The Apollo of Gaza (L'Apollon de Gaza, Switzerland, Canada, 2018)
Documentary

In 2013, a statue of Apollo, God of Arts, Beauty and Divinations, is found off Gaza before disappearing under strange circumstances. Soon, rumour spreads around this treasure coveted by all. Both an investigative film and a reflection on history, the film immerses us in the little-known reality of a territory wounded by wars and a merciless blockade, but where life remains dignified and insubordinate.

Nicolas Wadimoff was born 1964 in Geneva. Nicolas Wadimoff has directed both fictions and documentaries, among them the multi awarded "Clandestins" (1997). His latest films "Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower" (2016), "Spartiates" (2014), "Operation Libertad" (2012) and "Aisheen" (2010) have been shown at prestigious international film festivals such as Berlinale, Festival del film Locarno and at the Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Qatar, 2018)

During the summer of 1990 in Chile, a small group of families lives in an isolated community right below the Andes, building a new world away from the urban excesses, with the emerging freedom that followed the recent end of the dictatorship. In this time of change and reckoning, 16-year-old Sofía and Lucas, and 10-year-old Clara, neighbors in this dry land, struggle with parents, first loves, and fears, as they prepare a big party for New Year's Eve. They may live far from the dangers of the city, but not from those of nature.

Dominga Sotomayor studied Audiovisual Directing at Universidad Católica de Chile, and a
Masters in Directing at ESCAC in Barcelona. In 2015 she premiered her mid-length Mar at Berlinale Forum. In 2009 she co-founded Cinestación, a leading production company based in Santiago where she produces auteur filmmaking in Latin-America.

Zama (Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, United States, Lebanon, 2017)

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Lucrecia Martel was born in 1966 in Salta in the North of Argentina, Lucrecia Martel settled down in Buenos Aires where she attended the National Film School. She started by directing a few shorts among which Dead King (1995), which garnered several awards in the international film festival circuit. From 2001 Lucrecia Martel has managed to make three very personal feature films, La Ciénaga (2001), The Holy Girl (2004) and The Headless Woman (2008).

 

 

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