The 28th ifva Awards
Open Category Finalist Showcase
Even a small spark could start a huge fire. To go with the flow or strike back are both valid choices in terms of human nature. The five short films of Programme One depict the complexity of urban humans.
Finalist Showcase Programme 1: 9/3 (Thu) | 7:30pm| Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | DCP | 119’ | HK$80 / 64* | III icon_2
With post-screening discussion
Lucky Cat
Yeung Kwong-chung
Col / 25'00" / In Cantonese, Putonghua and Shanghai dialect with Chinese and English subtitles
Fut, a parking attendant who believes in gods and Buddha, meets a mute one day during worship who reveals a secret to him. From that day onwards, Fut gets very lucky and wins a windfall. Meanwhile, massage girl Fei Fei and her friend Mei want to blackmail Fatty, a lustful taxi driver...
Riley Leung
Col / 25'24" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Kai-leung is enrolled in a Christian school by his single mom of Buddhist faith. The prefect tells him faith conversion can reunite him with his father in heaven, but not being a Christian has progressively made him a victim of ridicule. To retaliate, Kai-leung brings an army of Chinese religious statuettes to even the odds.
The Rest
Tsui Chiu-fai Teddy
Col / 29'59" / In Cantonese and Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles
Di is a hoarder who scavenges trash, collecting cardboard boxes and selling them to earn meagre living. By chance, she sees the staff of a funeral home throwing away paper offerings in the back alley and asks them to let her resell in the market. Selling paper offerings brings income, but she lost the most important things eventually.
As I Imagine My Body Moving
Elysa Wendi
Col / 30'00" / In Cantonese, English and Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles
A former dancer encountering a sudden health issue, unveiled a deeper scar that is concealed inside her for over 20 years.
To Chun-him
Col / 8'00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A group of delinquent tricks a middle-aged man and steals his phone. Upon checking the phone's content, they find a short sex clip. While noisily commenting on the video, they cause the displeasure of two children, without realising they are getting involved in a gang dispute.
Humans are not born to live alone, so we tend to find bonding with others. Therefore, we always find ourselves helpless in face of the different kinds of inevitable loss in our lives. In the five short films of Programme Two, such losses are told through various forms of narratives.
Finalist Showcase Programme 2: 10/3 (Fri) | 7:30pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | DCP | 134' | HK$ 80/64* | III icon_2
With post-screening discussion
A Long Walk
Elysa Wendi, Lee Wai-shing
Col / 15'43" / No dialogue and subtitles
Despite the long and winding road in the long dark night, after more than 30 years of dance life, he starts racing on this path again, perhaps for the very last time.
Trek of an Extinct Bird
Ho Lok-yee Gloria
Col / 28'21" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Decem has been participating in Garan's human rights movement, but the situation makes him feel exhausted and scared, and so he goes into the forest to seek refuge. Leaving his responsibilities behind, he feels relieved at first, but the longer he spends in the forest, the more longing and loneliness he feels, which makes Decem realise that the crisis would not disappear even though he has left Garan.
Lost a part of
Chan Hau-chun
Col / 30'00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Stagnation in the body cannot keep up with the changes in real life. When memory of the trembling hand constantly haunts, when the cavity is filled by artificial materials - if body remembers, how should it respond with the years of traumatic past? Three of us, describing the indescribable body changes, try picking up the hints and signs.
April's Interlude
Erica Kwok
B&W / 29'47" / In Cantonese, English and French with Chinese and English subtitles
Shan is a cosmetician who runs a beauty salon business with her partner in a commercial building. When the government announces that beauty salons must be closed due to the pandemic, Shan is forced to stay at home with nothing to do and must confront a sudden onset of loneliness. Her ordinary life changes when she makes certain small connections.
Anatomy of Rats
Tam Sin-yeung Antonio, Wu Tin-long Tino
Col / 30'00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
The head prefect Jaguar and vice-head prefect Smoker of a boarding school are responsible to discipline but break rules in secret. The rule of law that governs both good and bad students is disrupted when an unexpected accident alarms the school principal and affects the power balance of the two.
The screening of "Lost a part of" under "Open Category Finalist Showcase - Programme 2" will be cancelled due to the modification required by The Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration. The film director decided not to screen the film. Other films in this Programme will remain unaffected.