THIS Autumn the first-ever Asia Triennial Film Programme, curated by Cornerhouse, will be screened as part of the UK's only Asian Art Triennial.
As a major part of this showcase of current contemporary visual art from Asia, the Asia Triennial Film Programme will include six UK premieres, new features, short films, and special events from all across the region, plus a major retrospective of Philippine director Brillante Mendoza, recently named best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. He will be a guest at the Triennial, along with many of the most exciting names in new Asian cinema.
Also spotlighted are films from revered Chinese director Zhang Yimou and Cannes award-winning writer-director Lee Chang-dong (South Korea), along with the debut fiction feature from Herb Hsu Li-wen, a focus on Chinese artists' films, and a special UK Premiere Double Bill of Quattro Hong Kong, where eight established directors return to short filmmaking.
The Festival's Opening Gala on Saturday 1 October features Mendoza’s award-winning 2009 film Lola (CTBA). The director will take part in a post-screening Question and Answer session.
Kaledo (Summer Heat) (CTBA) and Manoro (The Teacher) (CTBA) both have UK Premieres during the festival. The season also includes the director’s controversial Cannes-winning Kinatay (Butchered) (18) and his multi-award-winning films Service (Serbis) (18) and Slingshot(Tirador) (15, as well as his debut feature The Masseur (Masahista) (15).
There's also a free (booking required) One Hour Introduction: The Films of Brillante Mendoza. In addition to the films in the retrospective, Mendoza’s short film Purple is showing as part of the Quattro Hong Kong I & II double bill.
"Asian films are amongst the most vigorous and thrilling in the world right now and we're very excited to have this unique opportunity to showcase so many brilliant examples," says Sarah Perks (Cornerhouse Programme & Engagement Director), who has programmed the season along with Andy Willis (Reader in Film Studies, University of Salford). "We're especially pleased to welcome Brillante Mendoza to Cornerhouse, giving our audience the opportunity to meet such an important filmmaker, when he discusses this major retrospective of his work.."
The Festival's Closing Gala on Saturday 26 November is Hotel Black Cat (CTBA). The debut fiction feature from Herb Hsu Li-wen tells the interweaving stories and lingering past traumas of the offbeat residents of the eponymous residence. Actress and director Herb Hsu Li-wen will be the guest at a post-screening Q&A.
UK Premieres at the Asia Triennial Film Programme include Zhang Yimou's ravishingly-shot Under the Hawthorn Tree (CTBA) and The Gaze Returned (CTBA), a special screening of three key short artist’s films from China.
A recent initiative by the Hong Kong Film Festival,Quattro Hong Kong, sees established directors return to short filmmaking, with each instalment containing four 15 minute gems. In the first series, Hong Kong heavyweights Fruit Chan, Herman Yau and Clara Law are joined by new kid on the block Heiward Mak, while the second and more recent programme includes veteran Stanley Kwan, with Brillante Mendoza (Philippines), Cannes Film Festival award-winnerApichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand) and Ho Yuhang (Malaysia).
Also from Hong Kong, there's the UK Premiere of The Stool Pigeon(CTBA) from director Dante Lam, and Gallants (15), a lovingly nostalgic, thoroughly entertaining kung-fu comedy and tale of respecting ones elders, boasting a remarkable cast of Hong Kong veterans. Director Derek Kwok will take part in a post-screening Question and Answer session.
For more information, screening times and booking details check out: http://www.asiatriennialmanchester.com/
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