Films for the Golden Goblet Award

 

Name

Director

Country/regions

CAKE

Daniel Barnz

USA

CARTE BLANCHE

Jacek Lusiński

Poland

THE DUCHESS OF WARSAW

Joseph Morder

France

JAMEH DARAN

Hamid Ghotbe

Iran

THE MIDWIFE

Antti Jokinen

Finland/Lithuania

THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

Pierre Jolivet

France/Belgium

SALUT D'AMOUR

Kang Je-kyu

Korea

SUNSTROKE

Nikita Mikhalkov

Russia

WHERE THE WIND SETTLES

Tung Wang

Taiwan, China

THE DEAD END

Cao Baoping

China

JOURNEY TO THE SHORE

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Japan

LOVE IN THE 1980S

Huo Jianqi

China

THE SHAMELESS

Seung-ook Oh

Korea

SOUTHPAW

Antoine Fuqua

USA





 
CAKE

Country and regions: USA

Synopsis:

Claire not only experienced face disfiguration but also lost her family and children after a car accident. Meanwhile, her body fell into chronic pain, which could only be alleviated through alcohol intake and drug administration. Claire joined a club of people with chronic pain, where one member Nina’s suicide appealed to her. So she decided to explore the truth behind Nina’s death. In the course of that, ambiguous love arose between her and Nina’s husband. With gradual understanding of Nina’s case, Claire herself sunk into some kind of deep sorrow. But eventually, she managed to liberate and salvage her own pain.

Daniel Barnz

Born in Pennsylvania USA, he graduated from Yale University and the Southern California Film School. In 2001, he directed his feature debut, CUTTING ROOM. His PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND in 2009 got several arguments among film critics. In 2014, he went on with CAKE.

 

CARTE BLANCHE

Country and regions: Poland

Synopsis:

Based on a true story, "Carte Blanche" is a drama about a high-school history teacher who decides to hide a progressive eyesight loss from everyone surrounding him – his colleagues, pupils, even the ones who really care about him, because of the fear of losing his job and trying to save his dignity. Kacper, a beloved history teacher, is losing his sight. The medical diagnosis leaves little hope. Due to a genetic disorder, he is faced with a great possibility of permanent blindness. Initially heartbroken, he attempts to hide his health problem from his boss, driven by his desire to keep his job and to help his students with the final exams. The only person who knows about Kacper's problem is his best friend Wiktor, a bank manager. Meanwhile, Kacper is also faced with new challenges. He is having a relationship with his co-worker Ewa and trying to help a rebel student Klara who hides a secret of her own. Maciej Białek, the original Kacper, is still teaching in a Lublin High School and is highly respected and loved by his students.

Jacek Lusiński

Jacek Lusiński was born on 30th April 1969. He graduated from the Film School in Lodz. He is a Member of the Polish Film Makers Association. Finalist in SCRIPT PRO 2012 – the most prestigious screenwriting competition in Poland. As a director, scriptwriter, he also writes songs. His portfolio includes adaptations for theatre, commercials and documentaries. "CARTE BLANCHE" is his second feature film.

 

THE DUCHESS OF WARSAW

Country and regions: France

Synopsis:

Valentin, a young painter lost in an imaginary world, met up with his grandmother, Nina. During their reunion which lasted for a few days, they wandered the streets of a fantasized Paris. Valentin told her of his inability to love. Nina, however, refused to unveil her painful past. To lighten Valentin's burden, she eventually talked about her deportation to the concentration camps. In the early morning light, Valentin tried to add new colors to his paintings and began to live a new, real life.

Joseph Morder

Born in 1949 to Polish Jewish parents who married in Caracas, Joseph Morder spent most of his childhood in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he was fed with Hollywood movies, before his family moved to France. Through a multifaceted body of work marked by the New Wave, melodrama, musicals and a big part of autobiography, he has explored all types of narratives and all types of cinema. His oeuvre represents a unique body of films, since it comprises a particularly rich variety of autobiographical films. He has kept a semi-legendary filmed journal since 1967.

His most known works include LA DUCHESSE DE VARSOVIE (THE DUCHESS OF WARSAW)(2014), TRANSPORTE(E)S(2009), ASSOUD ET LES FANTOMES DE LA HAVANE(2008), J’AIMERAIS PARTAGER LE PRINTEMPS AVEC QUELQU’UN(2008), EL CANTOR(2005), ROMAMOR(1991), L'ARBRE MORT(1987), MEMOIRES D'UN JUIF TROPICAL (MEMORIES OF A TROPICAL JEW)(1986) etc.

 

 

JAMEH DARAN

Country and regions: Iran

Synopsis:

The depressed Shirin wanders around at her father’s funeral. Unexpectedly, she sees a man very much like her father. Regardless of her uncle’s objection, Shirin is enchanted by the idea of finding out that man. Reluctantly, her uncle acknowledges that that the man is her father’s illegitimate child. Looking at gloomy daughter, Shirin’s mother tells her about some past events, especially about an unexpected truth that Shirin is her father’s adopted daughter. It seems to be clear that Shirin and that man have no blood bond. But her father’s mistress tells a different story.

Hamid Reza Ghotbi

He was born in Tehran 1961. He is an actor and stage director. He is a performing arts graduate. And also he is a member of the Theater Forum and Khaneh Cinema. He has worked as a director assistant and planning manager in numerous movie projects. He has written, directed and edited several short films. JAMEH DARAN is his first feature film.

 

 

THE MIDWIFE

Country and regions: Finland/Lithuania

Synopsis:

Finland, 1944. The country is shaken by the Lapland War, a conflict between Germany and Finland in the aftermath of World War II. Helena, a small community’s midwife nicknamed “Wildeye”, meets the Finnish-German Nazi officer Johannes Angelhurst. She is attracted to the mysterious stranger and follows him to the prisoner of war camp where she serves as a nurse. For Angelhurst, Helena is different from any other woman, and they develop a wild and passionate relationship. Yet their deep love neither removes the traumatic war images that haunt the officer nor the gruesome secrets hiding behind the walls of the camp. When the turmoil of war separates the lovers, they make a pact to reunite at the remote cabin where they spent their happiest times together. At the end of the war, Helena and Johannes put their lives at risk and suffer tremendous hardship to fight their way back to each other, guided by a will to survive so strong that it bypasses the expectations of morality.

Antti Jokinen

Antti J. Jokinen’s feature debut was the Brooklyn-set thriller THE RESIDENT (2011) starring Hilary Swank and Christopher Lee. His second feature PURGE (2012), based on Sofi Oksanen’s bestselling novel, became Finland’s official entry to the 2013 Academy Awards. A graduate in film from East Carolina University, Antti has worked on several TV series and directed music videos for artists such as Will Smith, Beyoncé and Eminem. THE MIDWIFE is his third feature film.

 

THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

Country and regions: France/ Belgium

Synopsis:

Franck works as a night watchman in a shopping mall in the slum outskirts of Paris. He used to be a skilled worker and union delegate, always ready to fight for his fellow workers. Ten years have passed since and he is now alone with no prospect for change. One night, he notices a black SUV prowling around the mall’s parking lot. His suspicions turn into reality : a gang is planning a holdup and Franck is the only one who knows about it. He wants to turn this situation into an opportunity for him and his friends to fulfill his destiny. A way for him to become a working-class hero again…

Pierre Jolivet

He is a writer and director, known for LE DERNIER COMBAT (1983), SUBWAY (1985) and MA PETITE ENTERPRISE (1999).

 

SALUT D'AMOUR

Country and regions: Korea

Synopsis:

The protagonist is a stubborn solitary geezer who works at a supermarket in an old urban district in South Korea. The supermarket has its business influenced by new supermarkets in new urban district, so the young boss is anxious for compensation for demolition, which is delayed due to the geezer’s objection. The geezer falls in love with the neighboring flower shop’s old lady, but her daughter disagrees. Both the geezer and the old lady want to summon up their courage to hold on to their love, just as the old lady tells her daughter: “At my age, the lover I meet is likely to be the last one.” When the geezer is worrying about personal gains and losses, the old lady’s disease relapses. The case is entirely cleared. The geezer discovers the truth of his amnesia. In fact, the flower shop’s old lady, her daughter and the supermarket’s boss are his own wife, daughter and son, who conceal the fact to comfort him. Such a fascinating late-life love story converted into a surprising turn. A train of flashbacks at the end reflect deliberateness and inner weakness of the turning points; fortunately, the old actor’s outstanding performance makes up the deficiency, whose emotion is creditable, delightful, lovely and worrisome.

Kang Je-kyu

Kang Je-kyu is a famous Korean director, scriptwriter and film producer. In 1998, Kang Je-kyu produced his first film THE GINGKO BED, which won The 34th Grand Bell Awards and the Best New Director of The 17th Blue Dragon Film Awards. In 1999, Kang Je-kyu produced his second film SHIRI, and won the Best Director of The 35th Annual PaekSang Arts Awards (Film) and The 20th Blue Dragon Film Awards. In 2004, war film TAEGUKGI HWINALRIMYEO directed by Kang Je-kyu won the Best-selling Korean Film of The 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards. In 2014, Kang Je-kyu directed a love micro-film AWAITING.

 

SUNSTROKE

Country and regions: Russia

Synopsis:

1920. The final days of Imperial Russia: the Communist revolution is underway. The last soldiers loyal to the Tsar are held in a prison camp awaiting Moscow's decision regarding their fate... The Lieutenant recalls his encounter, years before, with a beautiful and enigmatic woman. During the course of a steam boat journey their paths crossed briefly. The woman was married, and The Lieutenant himself was also engaged, but despite every obstacle, the attraction was overpowering. Their 'sunstroke', as they called it, led them into a night of passion. A single night of such sensual intensity that The Lieutenant remembers it to this day, even now clinging to this memory of an opulent Russia and a better life...

Nikita Mikhalkov

Regarded as the Russian Stephen Spielberg, he was born in an artistic family in Moscow 1945. His father Sergey Mikhalkov was a poet and writer, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem. His mother is also a poet, and his brother is another distinguished Russian director Andrey Konchalovskiy. Nikita Mikhalkov’s expertise lies in managing photography, creating excellent images for narration and expression. His works are full of strong Russian humanitarian care.

He is known for SUNSTROKE(2014), BURNT BY THE SUN 2: EXODUS(2011), BURNT BY THE SUN 2: CITADEL(2010), THE BARBER OF SIBERIA(1998), BURNT BY THE SUN(1994), CLOSE TO EDEN(1992), DARK EYES(1987), AN UNFINISHED PIECE FOR A PLAYER PIANO(1977) etc.

 

WHERE THE WIND SETTLES

Country and regions: Taiwan

Synopsis:

The year when the Chinese Civil War breaks out, three young Chinese soldiers come across an orphaned boy when they retreat from the war. Starting from Northern China, they flee all the way to Taiwan. Eventually the three men and a child settle down in a shanty town in Taipei and meet people who become their family and companions. It is a family that is born in the war and grows on the route of migration; the burgeoning love and support they have for one another help them find a place called home, where they will spend the rest of their live together. People can be drifting like dandelions, but can also be as tough as weeds.

Wang Tung

Wang Tung is one of the most important Taiwanese directors. He has won six Golden Horse Awards and is best known for his Taiwanese trilogy, Strawman, Banana Paradise and Hill of No Return. Wang began his career as a production designer, and since he took up the job as director on If I Were for Real in 1980, he has been directing films. Wang won Best Director at the Golden Horse Awards twice for Stawman and Hill of No Return. In the past three decades, Wang has directed eleven films and worked as production designer on more than a hundred films. He has been playing an active role in the Taiwanese film industry since he had been the Chairman of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Where the Wind Settles is the most ambitious project Wang has developed in recent years.

 
 
 
THE DEAD END

Country/region: China

Synopsis:

This is a story of an unforgivable crime.

Xilong City, Fujian Province. A family of five is brutally slaughtered in a rape-murder case. The perpetrators – policeman Feng, taxi driver Dao and simpleton Bijue – have evaded arrest for seven years by burying themselves in work and leading quiet lives away from the city without any friends or companions. Hoping to find redemption, the three adopt an abandoned baby named Tail.

However, Feng’s carelessness raises the suspicions of his friend and superior Yi, who starts a secret investigation of his own. Complicating matters, Yi ’s younger sister Xia falls for Dao, though he ultimately rejects her affections.

Yi’s investigation eventually hits a dead end. Just as he is about to give up, Xia indirectly leads him to an important clue that helps him put together the rest of the puzzle, leading to the arrest of the three.

Realizing that there is only one way to pay for their sins, the men confess to everything and are given the death sentence. Just when Yi believes that the case is closed for good, an event changes everything…
Cao Baoping

A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, Cao Baoping worked as a script writer for two decades. In 1990, he began writing film scripts and directing television series and movies. In 2001, Cao made his directorial debut with ABSOLUTE EMOTION, which he also wrote. In 2004, he wrote, directed and produced TROUBLE MAKERS. With 2008’s THE EQUATION OF LOVE AND DEATH, Cao won the Best New Director award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and was nominated for Best Director at the 27th Golden Rooster Awards. Star Zhou Xun also won numerous Best Actress accolades for her performance in the film. With 2014’s EINSTEIN AND EINSTEIN, Cao won the Intentional Special Jury Prize at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

 
JOURNEY TO THE SHORE

Country/region: Japan

Synopsis:

Mizuki’s husband (Yusuke) drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what takes him so long. She agrees to let Yusuke take her on a journey.
 
Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, film critic and a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre. After studying at Rikkyo University in Tokyo under the guide of prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi, where he began making 8mm films, Kurosawa began directing commercially in the 1980s, working on pink films and low-budget V-Cinema productions such as formula yakuza films. Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his 1997 crime thriller film CURE. According to Tim Palmer, Kurosawa's films occupy a peculiar position between the materials of mass genre, on the one hand, and esoteric or intellectual abstraction, on the other. They also clearly engage with issues of environmental critique, given Kurosawa's preference for shooting in decaying open spaces, abandoned (and often condemned) buildings, and in places rife with toxins, pestilence and entropy.

LOVE IN THE 1980S

Country/region: China

Synopsis:

The film, a love story in the 1980s, an adaption from the novel of the same title, tells a love story in mainland China in the 1980s.

In a remote Tujia town, Guan and Wan are schoolmates in a high school. Guan loves Wan and so one day puts a love letter in Wan’s school bag secretly. But to his disappointment there is no reply. In 1978 they take the College Entrance Examination. Guan is the only one admitted by a university in a provincial capital among his schoolmates but Wan didn’t get into the university…

Huo Jianqi

Huo Jianqi liked the fine arts in his middle school years in Beijing before going to Huairou County for living and working in a production team in 1976 and two years later was admitted into Beijing Film Academy. In 1982, he was assigned to be a graphic designer in Beijing Film Studio after his graduation. He did great job in many films like SEPTEMBER, THE HORSE THIEF, THE UNEXPECTED PASSION and AFTER SEPARATION.

In 1995, Jianqi Huo turned his career as a director. His maiden work, the WINNER, a feature film, has made the very first appearance and fully presented his value and his style of direction and image. The movie, THE POSTMEN IN THE MOUNTAINS, produced in 1999, was regarded as the masterpiece of him with strong style of his own. However, this movie attracted few people in China but received great praises and earnings in Japan. Afterwards, his movies continue the same style and even some variations, which are reflected from his movie LIFE SHOW, WARMTH and THE SEAL OF LOVE.

Fresh and aesthetic images, narrative rhythm, temperate sadness and implicative expression, all of these features build up his style and make him unique under the complicated and changeable background of movie industrialization and this, without a doubt, stays tightly with his long-accumulated art professionalism and life feelings and enlightenment. To some extent, he continues the scarce humane movie traditions from Mu Fei, Tieli Xie and Yigong Wu, who are the old masters of Chinese films. In 2013, Jianqi Huo tried to continue exploring the combination of nostalgic cultural characteristic and contemporary audio-visual language via his movie XIAOHONG.

In the end of 2005, in the conference of commemorating the 100th anniversary of Chinese movie, Jianqi Huo is awarded the artist who contributes to the nation.

 
THE SHAMELESS

Country/region: Korea

Synopsis:

It tells the love story of a criminal policeman and the woman who is the lover of the criminal he is looking for.

The righteous criminal policeman (Nam-gil Kim) spares no effort in finding the criminals. His current target is the brutal escaped convict (Seong-Woong Park). The only one who can track him down is his lover (Do-yeon Jeon). The policeman believes that she will be contacted by her lover in some time. In order to catch the criminal, the policeman takes an alias and works for her in the hotel that she runs. After getting along with her for some time, he finds that she is simple and lonely. He holds sympathy for her and gradually falls in love with her. Having getting to this place with the aim to catch her lover, he doesn’t know what to do now while she opens up for him after having been waiting for his lover for a long time. As they get closer, her lover shows up…

Seung-ook Oh
Screenwriter, director and actor. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts of Seoul National University. Oh Seung-ook first worked in the director team of the film TO THE STARRY ISLAND (1993) by director Kwang-su Park. Afterwards, he participated in the screenplay writing of GREEN FISH (1997), CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST (1998), THE UPRISING (1999), etc. He demonstrated good directorial skills in KILIMANJARO (2000). Oh Seung-ook won the Grand Bell Award for Best Screenplay in 1999 with CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST. THE SHAMELESS was nominated for “Un Certain Regard” at Cannes International Film Festival in 2015.
 
SOUTHPAW

Country/region: USA

Synopsis:

The film tells the story of a professional boxing champion who falls to the bottom of his life and manages to return to the top. Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is a one-time boxer at the height of his fame, has a fancy house and a loving family. Despite his career, his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) pleads for him to quit so he can spend time with his daughter Leila. He announces his retirement during a party, but when Maureen is accidentally killed during an altercation with another boxer, his world falls apart. When he loses Leila to child protection services due to his destructive behavior, his last hope is to return to the world of boxing with the help of trainer Titus "Tick" Wills (Forest Whitaker) in order to reunite with Leila.
 
Antoine Fuqua

Well-known Hollywood director, producer and actor. Born on January 19, 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Fuqua chose to go to New York to start his career after graduating from West Virginia University. He has photographed many excellent MTV pieces, and won the MTV Video Music Award with the theme song of the film DANGEROUS MINDS (1995). Fuqua didn’t get satisfied with his state and cast his eyes to films. He successfully directed his first film THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS in 1998, with which Yun-Fat Chow tried to get into Hollywood. Fuqua announced that he would formally enter Hollywood film industry as a director. 

The films of Fuqua are popular and easy to understand, with profound meanings. He is good at gangster films in particular. He has directed many films such as TRAINING DAY (2001), BROOKLYN'S FINEST (2009), KING ARTHUR (2004).

He started his career of director by directing MV works for pop singers and became a successful film director step by step. His award-winning film TRAINING DAY brought him great reputation.

 

Documentaries for the Golden Goblet Award

 

Name

Director

Country and regions

MERU

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi  Jimmy Chin

USA

THE OVERNIGHTERS

Jesse Moss

USA

VIRUNGA

Orlando von Einsiedel

UK

FACTORY COMPLEX

Heung-soon IM

KOREA

THE VERSE OF US

Felix Wu  Xiaoyu Qin

CHINA

 

 

 

 


 
 
MERU

Country and regions: USA

Synopsis:

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Meru Peak lies in the Gharwal Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of India. It is more than 6,600 metres in height and has some highly challenging routes. Many adventurers have been here for the challenge but all have failed.The three climbers carry heavy photography equipments and have to overcome the unexpected snowstorm and the unpredictable weather change. Through working together and helping each other, they manage to make it to the peak.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Director and producer. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is an award-winning film director and producer. Her first film A NORMAL LIFE won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003. Her second film, YOUSSOU N’DOUR: I BRING WHAT I LOVE, was released in theaters in the US and internationally, and won numerous awards including the Special Jury Prize at the Middle East International Film Festival in 2008. MERU won Audience Award and was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and it was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival in 2015.

Her most known works include MERU(2015), YOUSSOU NDOUR: I BRING WHAT I LOVE(2008), A NORMAL LIFE (2003).

Jimmy Chin

Professional climber, mountaineer, skier, director and photographer. He has organized and led numerous climbing, ski-mountaineering and exploratory expeditions to China, Pakistan, Nepal, Tanzania, India, etc. His achievements include climbing and skiing Mount Everest from the summit, making first ascents of big walls and alpine towers in the Garwhal Himalayas of Northern India, crossing the Chang Tang Plateau in north-western Tibet on foot. Jimmy has been voted as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors by “People” magazine.

His most known works include MERU(2015), THE WILDEST DREAM(2010), THE INCREDIBLE HULK: SOLAR FLARE(2009).

 

THE OVERNIGHTERS

Country and regions: USA

Synopsis:

In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is driven to deliver the migrants some dignity.

Jesse Moss

Jesse Moss is a producer and director, known for The OVERNIGHTERS (2014), FUll BATTLE RATTLE (2008) and SPEEDO (2003). The OVERNIGHTERS won Special Jury Prize and was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2014.

 

  

Virunga

Country and regions: UK

Synopsis:

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a career of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect.

Orlando von Einsiedel

Director and producer, known for VIRUNGA (2014), AISHA'S SONG (2012) and SKATEISTAN: TO LIVE AND SKATE KABUL (2010). VIRUNGA was nominated for Oscar® Best Documentary, and it won many awards including the Best Documentary for 30th Independent Spirit Award.

 

Factory Complex

Country and regions: Korea

Synopsis:

The drastic economic development in South Korea once surprised the rest of the world. However, behind of it was an oppression the marginalized female laborers had to endure. The film invites us to the lives of the working class women engaged in the textile industry of the 1960s, all the way through the stories of flight attendants, cashiers, and non-regular workers of today. As we encounter the vista of female factory workers in Cambodia that poignantly resembles the labor history of Korea, the form of labor changes its appearance but the essence of the bread-and-butter question remains still.

IM Heung-Soon

Born in Seoul, 1969. As a painter and director, he delivers various issues of people who, including family from a working class, manage their lives under the circumstances given from the society, nation, and capital in a lyrical and sometimes political way. His artworks have been exhibited in Gwangju Biennale(in 2002, 2004, 2010). His first documentary Jeju Prayer(2012) was invited to Jeonju International Film Festival in 2012 and his latest work Factory Complex won the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Biennale.

His most known works include FACTORY COMPLEX(2015), JEJU PRAYER(2012)

 

 

THE VERSE OF US

Country and regions: China

Synopsis:

The Verse of Us, is a unique story about Chinese workers. They are very special and they are removers, miners, and blasters. In addition, they write poems. They tell to the world about their work and daily life through the poems which depict a new story of China.

This is a story about love and hate, sorrow and happiness, death and new born. The film will not only catch the audience’ attention with the poems and the poets’ stories, but it will also makes the audience think about the fate of these 310 million workers.

This documentary features 5-6 core characters. More than 10 minutes are contributed to each protagonist. With the unique story of these protagonists, the film represents life of a typical Chinese workers.

Felix Wu

Chinese documentary director, who served SMG CBN and directed several feature-length documentaries. He has won several national awards, including Excellent Domestic Documentary Award (SARFT), Best Work of Chinese Television.

His best known works include FORTUN AND DREAM: CHINESE STOCK MARKET 1990-2010 (5 episodes), SURGE: 1978-2008 (31 episodes), REN MIN BI (5 episodes).

 

Xiaoyu Qin 
Poet, writer and poetry critic. He graduated from the Industry Engineering department of Tianjin University. While in college, Qin Xiaoyu founded a literature
 magazine and was the Chief Editor of Peiyang People Newspaper and President of Peiyang Literature Society.

His best known works include JADE LADDER-CONTEMPORARY CHINESE POETRY(2012) and 1970 NOTES ON POETRY(2006).

 

  

 

YUGO & LALA Ⅱ directed by Wang Yunfei (China)

MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA directed by Xavier Picard/Hanna Hemilä (Finland)

SONG OF THE SEA directed by Tomm Moore (Ireland)

LEGEND OF A RABBIT: THE MARTIAL OF FIRE directed by Ma Yuan (China)

THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE directed by Shunji Iwai (Japan)

SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE directed by Mark Burton (UK)

 

 

 

 


YUGO & LALA Ⅱ (China)

 

Synopsis:

When the naughty girl named Yugo comes back to the mysterious world to look for her old friends Lala and Uncle Bear, she happens to encounter a great crisis. All creatures who have drunk water begin to shrink. Fan Shu, the leader of rats who is familiar with ancient predictions, has reserved a large amount of fresh water before the crisis. Therefore, Fan Shu intends to take advantage of this crisis and turn other species to their slaves.

With the help of Mili, the son of Fan Shu, Yugo, Lala and Uncle Bear begin a difficult journey to save their home. During their adventure, they fight battles of wits and powers with the rat army. Finally, Fan Shu, despite his hatred, decides to cooperate with creatures in the mysterious world to protect their beautiful home.

 

 

Wang Yunfei,

He was born in 1978 in Shenyang Liaoning Province, co-founding Beijing Qixinran Digital Technology Co,. Ltd and Qikatong Animation Studio with Yuan Mei in 2002. Since 2000, animations produced and directed by Wang Yunfei exceed 10 including animation film YUGO & LALA, animated TV series HAPPY STUFF, MA XIAO TIAO, AN UNOFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF WIND FAIRY, STEEL TEAM, etc., among which YUGO & LALA and HAPPY STUFF won tens of professional awards such as Huabiao Award, State Golden Sail Award, Starlight Award and Monkey Award, etc.. In addition, Wang Yunfei won the Gold Award for Excellent Chinese Animation Creative Talents which is given by State Administration of Radio Film and TV.

  

 
 
MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA(Finland)

Synopsis:

The Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My, in search of adventures, set sail for the Riviera, where, after a journey fraught with menacing storms and desert island dangers, Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy's sting is the most painful of all. When Moominpappa be friends with an aristocrat and adopts the name 'de Moomin', the exasperated Moominmamma retires to the relative calm of their trusty old boat to wait for her family to come to their senses.

For the very first time, the unity of the Moomins is threatened.

 

Director: Xavier Picard

French animation director, producer and script writer. Born on January 12, 1962 in Reims, Marne, France. His most notable animation credits include the feature film MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA (2014), and the TV-series ODD FAMILY (2005), MARCELINO, PAN Y VINO (2001) and LITTLEST PET SHOP (1995).

 

 Hanna Hemilä

Finnish film producer and director Hanna Hemila's career includes being a line producer on Aid Kaurisrnaki's LE HAVRE (winner of the International Critics' Award at the 64th Cannes Film Festival) and producer of the universally acclaimed and multi-award winning family feature film, PELICANMAN by Liisa Helminen (Berlinale, 2005), as well as numerous documentaries, animated films and multinational cinema co-productions.

Hemilä made her directorial debut with the Finnish-American documentary feature PAAVO, A LIFE IN FIVE COURSES (opening the 2012 Eurodok film festival, Oslo). Hanna Hemila received the Finnish State's Art Award in 2001. Hanna was nominated in 2005 for Best Film in the national Oscars (Jussi award) and, in 2004, for the Film Finlandia award.

 

 

 

SONG OF THE SEA (Ireland)

  

Synopsis:

SONG OF THE SEA tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological “Selkies” of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.

 

Tomm Moore

He was born in Newry, Northern Ireland, and studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin. He co-founded the animation studio Cartoon Saloon and has written, produced, animated and directed short films and commercials. He directed the animated feature THE SECRETS OF KELLS, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. SONG OF THE SEA is his second feature, and he also directed a short film portion of Kahlil Gibran’s THE PROPHET.

 

 

 

LEGEND OF A RABBIT: THE MARTIAL OF FIRE(China)

 

Synopsis:

Zhan Tian, a member of the Martial of Fire, was being hunted and Rabbit saved him. Rabbit, Penny and Biggie learnt from Zhan Tian that Prynne attempted to seek hegemony and do harm to society by virtue of an evil kung fu practiced with the fetish of ancient times Qingli. Entrusted by Zhan Tian, Rabbit and his companions set foot on the journey to get back Qingli. Unexpectedly, a great conspiracy was waiting for them...

 

Ma Yuan

A Chinese director of new generation, who’s been the famous actor since he graduated from Performing Art Department of Beijing Film Academy. He’d starred in the TV plays of ROMANTIC LIFE, DOUBLE SIDED ADHESIVE TAPE, DON’T GET MARRIED, ALWAYS BUSY ALWAYS PROBLEMS etc. in last 5 years.

 

Dong Dake

Chinese animation director, born in 1981. Since graduated from Beijing Film Academy, he has done lots of animated film, such as THE BUTTERFLY and THE GREENS FAIRY, STAR GRASS, THE FOURTH GENERATION, JUNGLE BABY etc, among which won several governmental prizes.

 

 

 

 

THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE (Japan)
 

Synopsis:

Another new school year is coming. In this beautiful season, a junior high girl, known as Alice, transfers to this school. Although she is very cute, her new classmates do not like her, which makes her very upset. Later, she hears from her classmates about a murder in Group 1 of Grade 3, and the neighbor house near to her family is living now is quite terrifying, where nobody dares to go.

It is said a girl lives there, and the girl is also the classmate of “Alice”. To find out the truth of killing and the reason why the girl never comes out of the house, “Alice” decides to go inside the house and find it out. Consequently, “Alice” and the girl become good friends and start their adventure.

 

Shunji Iwai

Born on 24th, Jan, 1963, Japanese film director, writer, documentary maker. His film is famous for his freshness, uniqueness, delicate and rich affection. Iwai is a champion in the New Film Movement of Japan, one of the most potential video maker in Japan, and called as Japanese Kar-wai Wong by his Chinese fans. Since 1990s, Japanese films have been reviving and there has been an influential New Film Movement of Japan around Asia and even all around the world. His famous films are LOVE LETTER(1995), SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY (1996), VAMPIRE(2011), etc.

 

 

 

 

SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE (UK)

 

Synopsis:

Shaun is a clever, mischievous sheep who lives with his flock on Mossy Bottom Farm, under the nominal supervision of The Farmer, and Bitzer, a well-meaning but ineffectual sheepdog. Despite Shaun’s best efforts, life on the farm has got into a bit of a rut, and Shaun concocts a cunning plan -- to have a day off. But be careful what you wish for. Events rapidly escalate out of control and Shaun’s mischief inadvertently leads to the hapless farmer being taken away from the farm. With the flock’s help, Shaun must leave the farm for the first time and travel into the Big City in order to rescue The Farmer -- and failure is not an option. But how will the sheep survive? Can they avoid being recognised as sheep? And thus avoid the clutches of a fearsome animal catcher? In the course of an action-packed adventure they experience a host of wild, funny mishaps. And Shaun meets a little orphan dog called Slip who makes him realise that having a home and a family is not something to be taken for granted.

 

Mark Burton

He has been working with Aardman for a long term as a co-writer on both CHICKEN RUN and WALLACE AND GROMIT, which won an Oscar® for Best Animated Feature, and a BAFTA for Best British Film. Besides his roles as writer, director, producer and composer, he also serves as the consultant of Aardman’s drama development team. In his career, he has written and adapted British TV series and cooperated with BBC Films, Universal Picture, Warner, Walt Disney and DreamWorks. Other films he has participated in include MADAGASCAR, GNOMEO AND JULIET etc.