LIGHT OF ASIA 3

Lan Lan Tian Kong (The Cloud Is Still There)

19 minutes | Narrative | DCP | Colour | O.v.Chinese, Hakka | sub. English

Director:  Mickey Lai

When her grandfather becomes terminally ill, Xiao Le, a determined young Christian woman, faces a critical decision over whether she should intervene with her family’s traditional Taoist rituals. Driven by a desire to save his soul, she begins secretly praying by his bedside against her mother’s wishes. When her mother learns of her deceit, she is devastated and aggrieved. This leads to a confrontation between the Taoist mother and the Christian daughter where ultimately, theological beliefs and family values collide.

Director’s Filmography

2019: Lan Lan Tian Kong (The Cloud Is Still There) (short)

Dry Leaves

10 minutes | Narrrative | DCP | Black & White | O.v. Urdu 

Director:  Ali Sohail Jaura

Zahida arrives at a home for the old, believing her son will take her back after a week. Hesitant and apprehensive, she meets Farhat, who is full of hope but as the story unfolds she realizes that the future might be different from her expectations.

Director’s Filmography

2019: Dry Leaves (short)

2018: Nanu Aur Main (short)

2017: Arz e Pakistan (short)

2015: Prohibited (short)

How My Grandmother Became a Chair

10 minutes | Narrative | DCP | Colour 

Director:  Nicolas Fattouh

Grandmother is deteriorating after her greedy children had left her. Rose, her thorny housekeeper beast, is unable to prevent her transformation into a chair as Grandmother loses her senses one by one. Hierarchy dissolves into equality between the two women when Rose regains her human figure and turns out to be the real family member Grandmother was always looking for.
This story is about life, death and the truths revealed when social stigmas subside.

Director’s Filmography

2020: How My Grandmother Became a Chair (short)

孟 (Setting Moon)

7 minutes | Narrative| DCP | Colour and Black & White | O.v. Chinese 

Director:  Chan Teik Quan

In the very end, once a soul has been cleansed of its past, it will take one last journey to the deepest of the abyss for a new beginning. To fulfill her filial piety, a young woman accompanies her mother on the journey to the end of her being. Under the setting moon, they reminisce about the past.

Director’s Filmography

2019: 孟 (Setting Moon) (short)

断舍离 (Uncle Goose Waits for A Phone Call)

15 minutes | Narrative | DCP | Colour | O.v. Teochew 

Director:  Kew Lin

To stay waiting for an old friend’s phone call, the lonesome Uncle Goose has not left home for days. But when food runs out, Uncle Goose decides to go to literal great lengths in order to keep the telephone by his side! Whatever it takes to be in time to pick up that call, because a promise is a promise.

Director’s Filmography

2019: 断舍离 (Uncle Goose Waits for A Phone Call) (short)

2019: Pets & Dinner (short)

Reprise

14 minutes | Narrative | DCP | Colour | O.v. Chinese | sub. English

Director:  Stanley Xu

A man and a woman who run into each other on a film set were actually lovers in the past. As they play the roles of a couple in the movie, they think about the relationship they once had.

Director’s Filmography

2019: Reprise (short)

2016: Mother (short)

2016: Lullaby (short)

2015: BLK 401 (short)

Contact: Stanley Xu : stanleyxu@live.com

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