BIG BLUE LAKE directed by Jessey Tsang (Hong Kong, China)
BOY'S DIARY directed by Putrama Tuta (Indonesia)
THE CLIENT directed by Young-sung SOHN （Korea）
CORRODE directed by Karan Gour (India)
FOLLOW FOLLOW directed by Lei PENG (China)
I HAVE LOVED directed by Weijie Lai, Elizabeth Wijaya (Cambodia/Malaysia/Singapore)
MICHAEL directed by Ribhu Dasgupta (India)
PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST directed by Cuong Ngo (Vietnam/Canada)
PICK THE YOUTH directed by Tapu CHEN (Tai Wan, China)
SWEET EIGHTEEN directed by Wenchao HE (China)
BIG BLUE LAKE (Hong Kong, China, 2011, 99')
Directed by Jessey Tsang
Set in a realistic world, Big Blue Lake is a story of love, family, and the changes that transpire in people and places. Cheung Lai Yee left her hometown in order to pursue success in the theatre world. A few years later, she had been through failures and she returned to her root to give herself a break. But she found everything there had changed. Cheung's routine days became colorful with Lin Jin’s arrival. They were once high school classmates for two years before Lin moved away. The two then set off on a journey and Cheung secretly fell in love with Lin... While searching for old memories in the village, Cheung discovered that the acquaintances with people there created new stories and new memories. The characters in Big Blue Lake have done things they regret, but they finally find the strength to let go of the past and start anew.
Jessey Tsang is a Hong Kong talented new director. She worked as assistant director for commercial films, such as "Lust, Caution", "The Mummy 3" and "Strawberry Cliff". Meanwhile, she was devoted to her independent narrative shorts "Lonely Planet" and "Où est la sortie". In 2007, her first feature film "Lovers on the Road" won the Best Drama Award of the South Taiwan Film Festival.
BOY'S DIARY (Indonesia, 2011, 95')
Directed by Putrama Tuta
A circle of friends risking their Friendship, Trust, Love and Hope in search of a legend. A young and privileged teenager with a golden heart, beset with challenges and tribulations we face today with the goal to open many young people's mind with inspirations and hopes that drive them in achieving their dreams to get out of their comfort zone and finish what they started.
Putrama's love for films started out when he watched an inspiring movie about a struggling boxer in pursuit of his dream. Since then he continued his education in P2FTV majoring in cinematography and continued to learn more in Melbourne Australia. After which, his return to Indonesia allowed him to experience the Indonesian film industry and learn from various seniors within the industry. Starting out from the bottom, he contributed his work, insight and commitment to many Indonesian Films. BOY'S DIARY is his Directorial debut.
THE CLIENT (Korea, 2011, 123')
Directed by Young-sung SOHN
Defence attorney KANG receives a notorious case to defend HAN, who is accused of killing his wife. Even though her body is not discovered, the general public is quick to label him as the devil-reincarnate and begs for a shift guilty verdict. It's a difficult case but KANG is confident that he will prevail. The defendant is an enigmatic character with OCD who can't express his thoughts clearly. Fortunately for him, there is no murder weapon but he doesn't have an alibi either. The prosecutor handling HAN's case is also KANG's archrival, and is determined to bring down HAN for the murder and his lawyer along with him. KANG digs into HAN's case in order to uncover evidence to clear his client's name.
SOHN got a M.F.A. from the Graduate School of the Korea National University of Arts. In 2008 he was in charge of the scenario and directing of THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, which was supported by Asian Cinema Fund and invited to Busan International Film Festival, and was recognized for his talent as a storyteller. People have been anticipating his next film and he is about to invite the audience into the intensity of the courtroom through THE CLIENT.
CORRODE (India, 2011, 92')
Directed by Karan Gour
Chhaya is a simple housewife who has an artistic bent of mind and a seemingly happy life with her husband Arvind. Money trickles in every month and life goes on for an unassuming Chhaya, until her eyes catch hold of an unfinished sculpture of the Hindu Goddess, Lakshmi. Her values and relationships as she knows them begin to decay day by day, surrendering to the clutches of an ugly obsession that feeds on her weaknesses and past disappointments. She must have the "Lakshmi", as if to make up for all that she has yearned for in her life. Kshay takes an unforgiving look at obsession; how it infects the frailty of our minds, corroding reasoning, reality and emotional fulfillment.
This 28 year old filmmaker was born in New Delhi, but grew up in the quaint South-Indian town of Kodaikanal. After graduation, he took up a course in sound engineering in Mumbai to nurture his passion, while he started to compose and produce his own music. Post the course, Karan worked as a reviewer for an AV tech magazine and it was around then that he started writing the story of CORRODE (Kshay).
FOLLOW FOLLOW (China, 2012, 90')
Directed by Lei PENG
Follow Follow is inspired by Peng Lei's own experience and sees the multi-talented creator returning to his punk rock roots and chronicling the rock n' roll journey of Beijing's youth. It is the first literary film revealing native pop culture scene in China. Noticing that China was lacking films addressing Chinese pop culture, Follow Follow set out to fill exactly this blank. The plot, which is spiritually led by Kurt Cobain revolves around the rock n' roll-inspired journey of Chinese youth. In fact, the cast was sourced almost entirely from the Beijing music scene. The director aim to declare that rock n' roll is kind of culture from Western which has nothing to do with our Chinese. This idea came out for its first time in Chinese pop culture history and definitely deserves deep thinking among Chinese creative generation.
Pioneer of Chinese pop culture, Peng graduated from Beijing Film Academy. He soon established practice encompassing music, film, art, pop culture and became iconic by his unique aesthetic style. He is best known as the front-man of Beijing most famous band New Pants. PENG Lei's debut film FOLLOW FOLLOW is inspired by his own experience, seeing the multi-talented creator returning.
I HAVE LOVED (Cambodia/Malaysia/Singapore, 2011, 74')
Directed by Weijie Lai，Elizabeth Wijaya
What does it mean to declare or even whisper: I have loved?
In Siem Reap, a young woman, haunted by loss, mourning, melancholia and the imperfections of memory, dances with two men–one of whom she is married to, while the other is engaged to be married.
Graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia with a Master in Fine Arts, he was on the MDA Media Education Scheme scholarship. He was Singapore’s cinematography representative for the ASEAN-ROK Independent Cinema Project in 2009. The resulting feature Rice-ASEAN Stories Weaving Tales, premiered at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival.
Recipient of the NUS Research Scholarship, she received her MA in Literary Studies and BA (First Class Honours) in English Literature. She was President of the NUS Literary Society and the co-director of I HAVE LOVED.
MICHAEL (India, 2011, 98')
Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta
Set in contemporary India (Kolkata), MICHAEL is an intense depiction of a man who has lost his bearings and sense of direction resulting in a spiraling downward of his moral and emotional values. When he was young, Michael was a police officer who had a strong belief in law and order. However, a ricochet strikes and he accidentally kills a twelve-year-old boy. At this point Michael's life begins to unravel. His eyesight worsens, he loses his job and he struggles to care for his son. When Michael finds work illegally pirating Bollywood films, he starts receiving phone calls from the father of the boy he accidentally killed, threatening to kill his own son when the boy turns twelve. Michael is sent into a paranoid race against the clock.
Ribhu Dasgupta was born and raised in Kolkata, India. He is the son of director Raja Dasgupta and the grandson of documentarian Harisadhan Dasgupta. MICHAEL (2011) is his writing and directing debut.
PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST (Vietnam/Canada, 2011, 103')
Directed by Cuong Ngo
The inner lives and forbidden loves of seven Vietnamese women form the beautiful string that runs through the film, PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST. The director weaves a vivid, timeless and unforgettable tapestry with characters brought to life by a gorgeous cast of acclaimed talent from Vietnam, US and Canada. The breathtaking images and spectacular landscapes from the north to the south of Vietnam show sides of the country distinct from traditional Western depictions and frame the mysteries and deep secrets of these lives. With a haunting and sensual musical that enhances the film's quiet beauty, PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST invites audiences to enjoy a meditative journey that illuminates the universal thirst to love and be loved.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Cuong Ngo earned a BFA-Honours in Performing Arts for Theatre & Film (2002) before pursuing his second degree in Film Production at York University in Toronto, BFA-Honours, with specializations in Directing, Screenwriting & Editing (2009). Cuong has directed several short films, documentaries and videos including THE GOLDEN PIN (2009), which has screened at over 40 international film festivals. PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST (2011) is Cuong’s feature film debut. Ngo has just finished production on a new short film called THE JOURNEY (2012).
PICK THE YOUTH (Tai Wan, China, 2011, 82')
Directed by Tapu CHEN
A-sen was born in an aristocratic family. His family is famous in medicine for generation. Before the high school entrance exam, A-sen was transferred from a music class to a normal class, which his grandfather and father believed would lead A-sen a better future. Unexpectedly, A-sen did not stop playing music but joined a rock band for a music contest in Taipei.A-sen's stubborn father and grandfather strongly opposed to the rock band as they first found out. However, the more A-sen's family tried to control A-sen, the more he fought. Later,many accidents influenced A-sen's determination to continue the competition. A-sen's father finally realized his sorrow had grown since he gave up his favorite rock & roll. He had abandoned his dream to fulfill others' expectations. As A-sen's father started to change his mind, A-sen ran away from home to escape from the chaos. At the same time, A-sen's father decided to accomplish A-sen's and his dreams by all means.
Right after graduating form Fu-Jen Catholic University, Tapu started his filmmaking career. He is very enthusiastic about image creation and has his own unique viewpoint on depicting image.He is a director in fields of movie, commercial ads and photography. His outstanding performances are highly recommended by the producer, Chihyen YEE. PICK THE YOUTH is the first full-length feature film of CHEN.
SWEET EIGHTEEN (China, 2011, 90')
Directed by Wenchao HE
He Na and her mother live in a small city by the river of Xiangjiang. She didn’t understand why her mother loved a guy who is not at all a good men. Until she fell in love and experienced the same pain in her heart, she began to understand her mother...
Wenchao He was born in 1983, graduating from the Central Academy of Drama, Master director. Her first work IT'S YOUR TURN has won the silver award of the First Sino-Korean Academy Film Festival. Her graduate work SUMMER, won the Best Dramatic Film Award in the 7th Global Chinese College Students' Film Festival and was selected in the Wide-angle Unit Asian Short Film Competition 14th Busan International Film Festival.