1988, Paris suburbs. Stéphane and Terry flee from the distress of their ghetto-city by living out their passion: skateboarding. Stéphane’s best friend, Patrick, comes from the nice neighbourhoods of the city. They are, nonetheless, going to form an outsider clan to break free from the seclusion of these dissimilar worlds. Director: Pascal Tessaud Written by: Pascal Tessaud Language: French Production: Da Prod (France) House on Fire (France)
At a train station, Xiao Zhang and Yu Fang meet randomly with a lot of emotion. Memories come back to them. It was ten years ago, at the beginning of summer. A new life begins for Xiao Zhang who just left his job on the sea as a chef, to work in the city. He meets Yu Fang, a young theater actress who works in
Every morning, Dayao, a young Chinese peasant, leaves his native countryside to work in the nearby big city. His pregnant wife dreams of a more confortable urban life. When he miraculously escapes from a construction site accident, he withdraws into silence and takes refuge in the nature. There, his extraordinary gift will reveal itself. Director: Zhang Tao Written by: Zhang Tao, Jérémie Dubois Language: Chinese Production: House
November 2013, the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has destroyed Tacloban city. Miguel, 23 years old, wakes up in the middle of a devastated landscape. Most of the buildings are wiped out. Everywhere, dead bodies lie among the ruins. While he is looking for his mother, Miguel comes across his friend, Andrea. She informs him about another incoming typhoon and offers him to leave the town with
Wi Ding Ho Wi Ding Ho, born and raised in Malaysia, attended the film school at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His latest feature film Cities of Last Things world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won its Platform Prize; it also won many awards such as Grand Jury Prize at Beaune International Thriller Film Festival and travels close to twenty film festivals.
Carlos Francisco Manatad Born in Tacloban City, Carlo Francisco Manatad is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talent Campus, and Docnet Campus Project. His short film, Junilyn Has was screened in Festival del film Locarno, Clermont Ferrand, and has since travelled the festival circuit. His other short film, Sandra has premiered at Fribourg International Film Festival last March and has won several awards
Nicolas Sarkissian Born in 1971 near Grenoble, Nicolas Sarkissian studied literature and film in Lyon, Nantes and Paris. He worked as an editor on over thirty short films including Les Bigornaux by Alice Vial (César Award for Best Short in 2018), numerous documentaries for Arte and Canal Plus as well as several feature films such as Ils (2006), Eden Log (2007), Djinns (2010), La Traque
Johnny Ma Born as Ma Nan in Shanghai, China, Johnny first immigrated to Toronto at the age of ten. Johnny graduated from the film program at Columbia University and was a fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Directing Lab in 2014. In 2012, Johnny moved back to China to make his thesis film A GRAND CANAL, which premiered at the TorontoInternational Film Festival.
Of survival and resilience: of how far a person will go to stay alive and what they are prepared to endure to maintain life over death.
MARIA is 28, restless, wants to have every man and proud of speaking five languages. She flies to Taipei, lives on small jobs but what she wants more than anything is to finish her novel. Seven books under way, and none of them completed. She meets OLIVIER, a young expat. He is slow-moving, shy and can speak fifteen languages. As he welcomes her, she becomes calmer.