Films for the Golden Goblet Award

 

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

 
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.