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
Quebec, Laurentides. Paul, a young French man, rents a lakeside cabin to Lisa, a woman in her 40s. He's not a regular tourist. Lisa is his biological mother and he's here to reconnect. Struck by this strong woman dealing with the loss of her husband, Paul makes up a false identity to win her and her two children over. Lisa hires him and Paul moves
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
Omar Shargawi is a self-taught director and independent photographer. He was born in Copenhagen from a Danish mother and a Palestinian father. His first feature film, GO WITH PEACE JAMIL (2008), was rewarded by many international festivals. It received the VPRO Tiger Award at Rotterdam, the Church Award, the FIPRESCI prize at Göteborg, and the best director prize in Transylvania. MY FATHER FROM HAIFA (2009)
Zhang Tao ZHANG Tao is a Chinese director (People's Republic of China), screenwriter and actor. Born in the Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius, ZHANG Tao is the son of peasants. He first studied law while working as a civil servant. He quitted his career to depict, through cinema, modern China and its evolutions. He joined the prestigious Central Academy of Dramatic Art of Beijing,
In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into that good night. Director : Qiu Yang Written by : Qiu Yang Length : 15 min Language : Wu Chinese Original title : Xiao cheng er yue Cast : LI Shuxian Producers : Yanling Education (China) – QIU Yang, LI Yi Co-producers : A Wild Grass Films (China) –
In a Shandong village, an old peasant woman falls. Immediately, her children take advantage of it to declare her disabled, in order to sign up her in a nursing home. Waiting for a bed to be released, the old mother is brought to each of her children's home, no one willing to keep her. This chaotic journey keeps going on whilst both her health and her family ties
In a fast growing city of East China, migrants have been arriving and living for a dream of a better life. But what they find there is little opportunities and poor living conditions that push people, even couples, into violent and oppressive relations. XIAO MIN, LING LING and LAO YEH are some of the characters of this bitter chronicle of todays China. Director : Wang
Duccio Chiarini Duccio graduated from the London Film School. After doing several short films in 2011, he directed the autobiographical documentary “Hit the road, nonna”, about the explosive life of his entrepreneur grandmother Delia. The film premiered at the Venice Days the same year. In 2014 he wrote and directed his first feature film “Short Skin”. Produced within the Biennale Cinema College workshop, the film
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.
Romain Cogitore Born in 1985, Romain Cogitore sets himself as one of the emerging filmmakers to follow by finishing his 1st feature, Fifteen Lads, at the age of 25. Along with cinema he cultivates a cross-practice of arts such as photography, poetry, music and theatre. He has directed six shorts films, among which Concerto, awarded by the Foundation Bleustein-Blanchet and Des Hommes, presented at Belfort Film festival. Fifteen Lads was released