HK Film Festival 2012 includes 4 doc films in its competition

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On 23 February, HKIFFS revealed the official selection of the 36th HK International Film Festival. Among the many films, 11 are doc films, including 4 in the competition.

Documentary competition

. Hometown Boy (金城小子)

For this documentary project, director and cinematographer Yao Hung-i (姚宏易), a Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) protege, follows Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong (劉小東) as he takes a trip back to his hometown of Jincheng, Liaoning Province.

Having left the village at the age of 17 to study art in Beijing, Liu spends most of his time with his parents and childhood friends, and decides to capture them on canvas. Yao’s agile camera produces a visually arresting portrait of Liu, who freely gives his ideas about art and life, while adding an idyllic charm to the village and its working-class residents who, in the painter’s view, have been long overlooked and forgotten. 

Director:Yao Hung-I
Year: 2011
Language: Putonghua
Duration: 72 mins

HKIFF page 

Hometown Boy, the Director’s Cut: A Conversation with Hou Hsiao-Hsien & Liu Xiaodong

UCCA 

. Jai Bhim Comrade

Director & producer: Anand Patwardhan
Country: India
Year: 2011
Duration: 198 mins

English, Hindi, Marathi dialogue with English subtitles

Genre: Music Documentary

Synopsis: Dalits have faced caste oppression in India for more than 2,000 years. In 1997 police opened fire on unarmed Dalits killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet and singer, hanged himself in protest. Shot over 14 years, the meticulous “Jai Bhim Comrade” follows the music and the tradition of reason that Vilas had been a part of.

HKIFF page   

Inheriting injustice: A chilling film on India’s Dalits

Times of India 12/01/12

. Where Heaven Meets Hell

Where Heaven Meets Hell follows four of the nearly 500 sulfur miners working at Kawah Ijen, an active volcano in Indonesia. This intimate portrait chronicles their attempts to escape the endemic poverty and lack of education that haunts their community. Drawing strength from their families and their Muslim faith, the miners search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs.

Director: Sasha Friedlander
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Duration: 80 mins
Official webstite  video teaser   imdb page

. Nuclear Nation

The day after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, Futaba locals heard the hydrogen explosion at Reactor Number 1 and were showered with nuclear fallout. In response, the Japanese government designated the whole town as an “exclusion zone” and 1,400 of the town’s residents fled to an abandoned high school 250 kilometers away. The entire community, including the Town Hall office, was moved into the four-story building, making the residents nuclear refugees.

Director: Funahashi Atsushi
Country: Japan
Year: 2012
Duration: 145 mins

HKIFF page

. Moving 

“If I try to avoid an earthquake, something else will happen because I am running away.” – Lee Kyung-mi

Korean couple Jung Jin-suk and Lee Kyung-mi and their two sons immigrated to Christchurch in 2002 after Jung had formed a favourable impression of the city while working there for a Korean company. In this extremely simple and affecting film, they talk frankly of their long struggle to establish themselves, and their success, after many hard times and much hard work, with two busy restaurants in the CBD. When the calamity of February 22 struck they had a lot to lose. Shot in April, the film catches them in the process of measuring the spiritual and psychological dimensions of their material loss.” (TVNZ)

Director: Park Ki-yong
Country: South Korea/ New Zealand
Year: 2011
Duration: 91 mins

HKIFF page

Park Kiyong on Moving
Lumiere  27/07/11

Q&A With Director Park Kiyong – ‘Moving’
flicks  24/07/11

Outside the competition / Reality Bites

. One Tree Three Lives

Director: Angie Chen
Year: 2012
Language: Mandarin
Duration: 90 mins
Official webstite

HKIFF page

. Fukushima: Memories of the Lost Landscape

Director: Matsubayashi Yojyu
Country: Japan
Year: 2011
Duration: 111 mins

HKIF page  

Outside the competition / Dear Earth…

. Bitter Seeds 

Director: Micha X. Peled
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Duration: 88 mins
Official webstite

HKIFF page

. Reviving Recipes 

Director: Watanabe Satoshi
Country: Japan
Year: 2011
Duration: 95 mins
Official webstite

HKIFF page  

Outside the competition / Filmmakers and Filmmaking

. Golden Slumbers

Director: Davy Chou
Country: France/Cambodia
Year: 2011
Duration: 96 mins

HKIFF page

. It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve – Masao Adachi 

Director: Philippe Grandrieux
Country: France
Year: 2011
Duration: 74 mins

HKIFF page  

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