COMPETITION OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • LIKE WINDS, LIKE WEEDS
  • THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
  • FAMILY PORTRAIT
  • NUMB
  • NOTHING CAN'T BE UNDONE BY A HOTPOT
  • Molly
  • STRANGENESS
  • SNOW LEOPARD
  • KIDDO
  • RAPTURE
  • WINNERS
  • THE FOX
LIKE WINDS, LIKE WEEDS

LIKE WINDS, LIKE WEEDS

China | Mandarin | 2023 | DCP | Color | 109min

Director:Zhang Fan

Cast:Guo Keyu

The 17th FIRST International Film Festival Competition - Best Narrative Feature (Nominated)
The 15th Macau International Movie Festival
The 10th Silk Road International Film Festival

Film Introduction:Xiaozhang , who separated with her husband for many years, went away from hometown –Cangshan- in order to escape the past. She works as a cleaner in Shanghai, and also needs to take care of her rebellious son and her sick mother. After experienced the difficult life in a strange city, she decided to return to her hometown, but then she found the hometown has changed its name.

Director Biography

Art director, scriptwriter, director, graduated from Stage Art of Shanghai Theatre Academy, he won the Best Fine Arts Nomination Awards of the 30th Golden Rooster Award. He has created two original screenplays named Like Winds, Like Weeds and Festival, which was selected by several Project Promotion. He directed short film named Nowhere Float ,which was selected by Clermont Film Festival in France in 2022. He directed his first full-length film named Like Winds, Like Weeds in 2023. This film was selected by the 17th FIRST Official Selection.

THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

France | French | 2023 | DCP | Color | 130min

Chinese Mainland Premiere

Director:Thomas Cailley

Cast:Romain Duris / Adèle Exarchopoulos /Paul Kircher

The 76th Cannes Festival, Un Certain Regard Prize (Nominated)

Film Introduction:A mutating virus has struck the world, causing people to gradually transform into any type of animal after falling ill. The reason for this phenomenon is unknown, and there is no solution in sight. Two years after the first wave of transformations, where humans turned into animals, people have adapted and established specialized centers to receive, care for, and treat those who have become animals. These centers also provide psychological support to the families of the patients. One day, a convoy transporting multiple patients to a new center has an accident on a remote road. The patients scatter in all directions, and François's wife is among them. François and his 16-year-old son, Émile, head to the site of the accident in the nearby forest. Along the way, they encounter beings that are partway through their transformation into bird people or animals that may have once been human. To make matters worse, Émile discovers that his own body is quietly changing, as if he is transforming into a wolf...

Director Biography

Thomas Cailley was born on 29 April 1980 in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France. He is a writer and director, known for Les combattants (2014), Ad Vitam (2018) and Le règne animal (2023).

FAMILY PORTRAIT

FAMILY PORTRAIT

USA| English|2023|DCP|Color|75min

Asian Premiere

Director:Lucy Kerr

Cast: Deragh Campbell/ Chris Galust/Rachel Alig

The 76th Locarno Film Festival - Golden Boccalino Award for Best Director
The 7th Black Canvas Contemporary Film Festival - Best Director Award
The 59th Chicago International Film Festival

Film Introduction:A sprawling family's futile attempts at capturing a family photo take a dreamlike turn when the matriarch vanishes and one daughter becomes desperate to find her.

Director Biography

Lucy Kerr is a filmmaker and artist based in New York. She was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine in 2022. Kerr received a dual MFA in Film/Video and Art from California Institute of the Arts on the Lillian Disney Scholarship. Her feature film, Family Portrait, garnered her the feature film grant from Austin Film Society, the AirFrance Prize from FIDLab, and the New Horizons Award from US in Progress. Kerr’s work has been presented by International Film Festival Rotterdam, FIDMarseille, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, REDCAT, Anthology Film Archives, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, and others. Family Portrait world premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2023, Concorso Cineasti del presente section.

NUMB

NUMB

Iran | Farsi | 2023 | DCP | Color | 91min

China Mainland Premiere

Director:Amir Toodehroosta

Cast:Ayhan Shaygan / Rayan Razmi / Shabnam Dadkhah / Nora Hanifeh Zadeh / Kiana Mehdi Abadi

The 52nd Tiger Award in Rotterdam International Film Festival (Nominated )
The 11st Torino Underground Cinefest, Sooner Award

Film Introduction:In an Iranian kindergarten where boys and girls are still allowed to attend together despite the strict Iranian laws, the curious little boy Roham falls in love with Rana and discovers the secrets of her complicated domestic life.

Director Biography

Amir Toodehroosta, an Iranian independent artist and filmmaker, was born in 1982 in Iran. He has studied filmmaking at IYCS and theater at Sooreh University. He made two documentaries and 17 short films which were selected and awarded in many festivals.

NOTHING CAN'T BE UNDONE BY A HOTPOT

NOTHING CAN'T BE UNDONE BY A HOTPOT

China | Mandarin / Chinese Dialect | 2023 | DCP | Color | 128min

World Premiere

Director:Ding Sheng

Cast:Yang Mi / Yu Qian / Tian Yu / Yu Ailei / Li Jiuxiao

Film Introduction:None

Director Biography

CHINBorn in Qingdao, Shandong, graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. Ding Sheng is a national first-class director, professor and master's supervisor in the Department of Directing at the Beijing Film Academy. He is also a member of the China Film Directors' Guild and China Film Editing Society. In 2010, he directed and wrote the action comedy film Little Big Soldier (2010). Ding Sheng is the only Chinese mainland director in the Police Story film series, the film Police Story 2013(2013) he directed and wrote grossed a total box office of 5.37 billion yuan. His film Saving Mr. Wu(2015) won the Best Editing Award at the 31st China Golden Rooster Awards.

Molly

Molly

China | Mandarin | 2023 | DCP | Color | 105min

World Premiere

Director:Jung Chi Chang

Cast:Chen Sinuo / Jiang Qinqin / Wang Qianyuan

Film Introduction:Molly is a little girl who is a bit special. She is exceptionally intelligent and obsessed with plants, but the social difficulties brought about by selective mutism make it difficult for her to make friends. For this, my mother has ten thousand worries. And my dad is like an optimistic adventurer, cultivating various plants in the greenhouse he built. Here, Molly opens up a connection with the world. The sudden disaster caused her father to go missing, and Molly also lost her passion for exploring the world. On the 357th day, Molly’s mother may have to give up searching for her father because she cannot afford the high search and rescue costs. Molly, who firmly believed her father was alive, decided to go to Solomon to find him. In order to fulfill her wish, she signed up with her special friend robot Aru to participate in a talent show and met a strong opponent. Molly is about to overcome the challenges in life, regain the ability and courage to love, and continue her adventure.

Director Biography

A famous director in Taiwan, China. Entering the world of image from documentary shooting. The work Miracle Summer won the Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary. The first feature film Flying against the Light won the Golden Horse Award. The best new director won the Golden Horse Award in 2020 with The Second Half. The Netflix film series Imitator directed in 2023 was once the runner up of Netflix’s global non-English film series.

STRANGENESS

STRANGENESS

Italy | Italian | 2022| DCP | Color | 105min

China Mainland Premiere

Director:Roberto Andò

Cast: Toni Servillo / Salvatore Ficarra / Valentino Picone

Rome International Film Festival 2022
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023

Film Introduction:1921, future Literature Nobel Prize Winner Luigi Pirandello returns to his beloved Sicily for the 80th birthday of his mentor, famous novelist and playwright Giovanni Verga. Upon his arrival in Agrigento, feral and unexpected news catapult him into a human universe populated by incredible personalities, ghostly visions, distant memories and melancholy apparitions. While at the height of his artistic growth, at the same time Pirandello finds himself still in the midst of his reflection on theater. This irrational and compelling journey will allow him to confront a nostalgic past, propelling him toward the creation of his masterpiece, Six Characters in Search of an Author an eternal work of art which will mark a worldwide revolution in twentieth-century theater.

Director Biography

Roberto Andò (1959, Italy) is a director and writer. He assisted famous directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Federico Fellini, Michael Cimino and Francesco Rosi before debuting in 1986 as a theatre director with a puppetry piece based on a story by Italo Calvino. Andò subsequently directed a number of documentaries and in 2000 made his feature film debut with Il manoscritto del principe. His first, award-winning novel, Il trono vuoto, was the basis for Long Live Freedom and won the Premi David di Donatello for the best script. La stranezza (2022) was selected for IFFR 2023.

SNOW LEOPARD

SNOW LEOPARD

China | Tibetan / Mandarin | 2023 | DCP | Color,B&W | 109min

China Premiere

Director:Pema Tseden

Cast:Jinpa / Xiong Ziqi / Tseten Tashi

The 36th Tokyo International Film Festival, Grand Prix
The 80th Venice International Film Festival, Out of Competition
The 48th Toronto Interntional Film Festival, Centrepieces

Film Introduction:An unexpected incident of a snow leopard breaking into the sheep pen of a local herder and killing nine rams not only causes a stir in the family, but also attracts a TV crew into the village…

Director Biography

Pema Tseden is a Tibetan director, screenwriter and author. Most of Pema Tseden’s films were shot in Tibetan language by Tibetan teams. Widely recognized as a pioneer of the Tibetan New Wave, Pema Tseden’s body of cinematic works includes The Silent Holy Stones, The Search, Old Dog, Tharlo, Jinpa and Balloon amongst others. His films have been selected at Venice FF, Locarno FF, TIFF and many other major international film festivals, winning over forty international prizes.

KIDDO

KIDDO

Netherlands | Dutch, Polish, English | 2023 | DCP | Color | 91min

Director:Zara Dwinger

Cast:Frieda Barnhard / Rosa van Leeuwen

The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, Generation Kplus Best Film (Nominated)
The 25th Shanghai International Film Festival World Debut

Film Introduction:Out of the children's home and into the rusty Chevrolet: Lu is whisked away by her eccentric mother - cowboy boots, wigs and sunglasses in tow. On their road trip east, both dream of finally staying together forever.

Director Biography

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1990, she studied anthropology and worked as an editor for an online magazine before taking up a degree in fiction film directing at the Netherlands Film Academy. Her graduation film Siren screened at over 35 international festivals and won several awards. Her short film Yulia & Juliet was presented in the Generation 14plus section of the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. She is currently teaching at the Amsterdam Film School and the Academy of Theatre and Dance and directs commercials. In 2021, she was recognised as a “Talent en Route” at the Netherlands Film Festival.

RAPTURE

RAPTURE

India / China / Switzerland / Qatar / Netherlands | Garo | 2023 | DCP | Color | 127min

China Premiere

Director:Dominic Sangma

Cast:Torikhu A. Sangma / Balsrame A. Sangma

The76th Locarno International Film Festival, Filmmakers of the Present Golden Leopard (Nominated)
The 16th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Cultural Diversity Award

Director Biography

Graduated from SRFTI, India, Dominic Sangma worked at National Film and Development Corporation Ltd, for two years before he opened his own production company called Anna Films. He co-founded the Kelvin Cinema Festival of Films, and he is an Artistic Director of the festival.

WINNERS

WINNERS

UK| Persian | 2022| DCP | Color | 85min

China Premiere

Director:Hassan Nazer

Cast:Reza Naji / Parsa Maghami / Helia Mohammad-Khani

The 95th Academy Awards, Official UK Entry,Best International Feature
The 30th Raindance Film Festival, Best UK Feature Film
The 25th British Independent Film Awards, Discovery Award & Breakthrough Producer
The 76th BAFTA Scotland Awards, Best Feature Film Award

Film Introduction:In a poor Iranian village, children work hard to support their families. One day, nine-year-old Yahya, and his friend Leyla, find a precious statuette in the desert. While the authorities search for the lost treasure, Yahya’s boss, who shares Yahya’s passion for cinema, decides to help the children find the statuette's rightful owner.

Director Biography

Hassan Nazer, born on September 8, 1979, is an accomplished British writer/director with Iranian heritage, currently residing in Scotland. In 2000, at the age of 19, Hassan sought refuge in the United Kingdom. In 2006, he started studying film and media at Aberdeen University. Hassan's early feature films garnered recognition in Iran, including notable titles such as Black Day and Here Iran. His internationally acclaimed film, Utopia, was Afghanistan's entry in the foreign film category at the 2016 Academy Awards.
His latest work, Winners, received co-financing from Screen Scotland and was chosen as the official UK entry in the International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards in 2023. Hassan has further enriched his cinematic experience by serving as a jury member at numerous film festivals, including the ‘All Lights India International Film Festival’ (ALIIFF), 2016. He was also the jury president at the SAARC Film Festival, Sri Lanka, in 2019 and BAFTA Scotland in 2022.

THE FOX

THE FOX

Germany/Austria | German | 2023| DCP | Color | 118min

China Premiere

Director:Adrian Goiginger

Cast:Simon Morzé/Karl Markovics / Alexander Beyer

The13th Austrian Film Award, Nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Makeup

Film Introduction:The Fox is the true story of Franz Streitberger, Adrian Goiginger's great-grandfather, a motorcycle courier for the Austrian Army who was soon drafted into the German Wehrmacht. At the beginning of the Second World War, the introverted young soldier encounters a wounded fox cub, which he then looks after as if it were his own child and takes with him to occupied France. Through this unique friendship with the wild animal, his own past as an outcast farmer's son, which he has always run away from, slowly catches up with him...

Director Biography

Adrian Goiginger was born on February 22, 1991 in Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria. He is a writer and director, known for Die Beste Aller Welten (2017), Der Fuchs (2022) and Hi Fonyód! (2013).

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