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A Little Bird Reminds Me

Schedule :
2 Dec | Thurs | 13.30 | Empire XXI Studio 4
3 Dec | Fri | 16.00 | Empire XXI Studio 3

Southeast Asian Premiere
Easy Media (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd
Hongkong & France
123 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Shi Xin
Writer: Shi Xin
Producer: Alec LU
Cast: MA Qiyue

A coming-of-age story follows the joy, sorrow and struggle of a Chinese boy and his family during the last decade of the 20th century.

Kisah perjalanan menuju kedewasaan yang mengikuti kegembiraan, kesedihan, dan perjuangan seorang bocah lelaki Tiongkok dan keluarganya selama dekade terakhir abad ke-20.

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Director’s Profile

Shi Xin

SHI Xin grows up in an artistic family. His father is a fine arts researcher, a designer and calligrapher, while his mother is a traditional Chinese opera teacher. In 2007, he graduated with a master degree in economics. Before stepping into the film industry, he used to work for the EU Delegation in China as project manager. A Little Bird Reminds Me is his first feature film.

SHI Xin tumbuh di keluarga seniman. Ayahnya adalah seorang peneliti seni rupa, desainer dan kaligrafer, sedangkan ibunya adalah seorang guru opera tradisional Tiongkok. Pada tahun 2007, ia lulus dengan gelar master di bidang ekonomi. Sebelum memasuki industri film, ia pernah bekerja untuk Delegasi Uni Eropa di China sebagai manajer proyek. “A Little Bird Reminds Me” adalah film panjang pertamanya

A New Old Play

Schedule :
30 Nov | Tue | 17.00 | Empire XXI Studio 5
1 Dec | Wed | 17.00 | Empire XXI Studio 5

Indonesian Premiere
Uluka Productions
China
170 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Qiu Jiongjiong
Writer: QIU Jiongjiong
Producer: DING Ningyuan, YANG Jin
Cast: YI Sicheng, GUAN Nan, QIU Zhimin, XUE Xuchun, GU Tao

The leading “clown” role in a renowned theatre troupe passes on, and is welcomed into the Underworld. As he relives his vivid memories one last time before entering the afterlife, fifty years of art, struggle and love play out against the background of 20th-century China’s tumultuous history.

Aktor peran “badut” terkenal di sebuah kelompok teater terkenal meninggal, dan disambut di Dunia Bawah. Saat ia menjalani kembali ingatannya yang jelas untuk terakhir kalinya sebelum memasuki alam baka, perjalanan hidup selama lima puluh tahun berkesenian, perjuangan, dan cinta dimainkan dengan latarbelakang sejarah China abad ke-20 yang penuh gejolak.

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Qiu Jiongjiong

QIU Jiongjiong (born 1977) is an active contemporary artist and filmmaker in China. His work as an artist has been exhibited worldwide. As a filmmaker, his experiments with cinematic language and aesthetics in documentary film-making have earned him a reputation as one of China’s most important independent directors. His experimental/documentary feature Mr. Zhang Believes (2015), premiered at Locarno and has been screened internationally. Jiao Ma Tang Hui (A New Old Play) is his first fiction feature and won Special Jury Prize at the 74th Locarno.

QIU Jiongjiong (lahir 1977) adalah seniman kontemporer dan pembuat film yang aktif dari Tiongkok. Sebagai seorang seniman, karyanya telah dipamerkan di seluruh dunia. Sebagai pembuat film, eksperimennya dengan bahasa sinematik dan estetika dalam pembuatan film dokumenter telah memberikannya reputasi sebagai salah satu sutradara independen paling penting di Tiongkok. Film panjang eksperimental/dokumenternya “Mr. Zhang Believes” (2015), mendapatkan dukungan dari Sundance Post-Production Grant, ditayangkan perdana di Festival Film Internasional Locarno, dan telah diputar secara internasional. “Jiao Ma Tang Hui” (A New Old Play) adalah film fiksi panjang pertamanya.

Barbarian Invasion

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 17.45 | Empire XXI Studio 2
30 Nov | Tue | 10.15 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Da Huang Pictures (Malaysia)
Malaysia, Hong Kong
106 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Tan Chui Mui
Writer: Tan Chui Mui
Producer: Woo Ming Jin, Bianca Balbuena
Cast: Pete Teo, Tan Chui Mui, Bront Palarae, James Lee, Zhiny Ooi

Working on his next film, Roger invites his long-time collaborator Moon to a writing retreat in a seaside town. While Moon had not been acting for 10 years, her recent divorce had made her decide to take on Roger’s offer, a lead role in a do-your-own stunts Southeast-Asian Bourne Identity.

Saat sedang mengerjakan film berikutnya, Roger mengundang kolaborator lamanya, Moon untuk ikut retret menulis di sebuah kota pantai di tepi laut. Sementara itu, Moon sudah 10 tahun tidak berakting, perceraiannya baru-baru ini telah membuatnya memutuskan untuk menerima tawaran Roger menjadi karakter utama film action tanpa pemeran pengganti, Bourne Identity versi Asia Tenggara.

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Tan Chui Mui

At the age of 5, Tan Chui Mui made a small wooden stool. At 8, she drove a pick-up truck onto a column. At 9, she printed a children’s magazine. At 12, she finished reading an Encyclopedia. At 17, she had a column in a student weekly paper. At 21, she received a computer animation degree. At 27, she made her first film LOVE CONQUERS ALL. At 38, she gave birth to a child. At 41 she decided to learn martial arts.

Di usia 5 tahun, Tan Chui Mui membuat bangku kayu kecil. Di usia 8, dia mengendarai truk pick-up ke kolom. Di usia 9, ia mencetak majalah anak-anak. Di usia 12, ia selesai membaca Ensiklopedia. Di usia 17, ia memiliki kolom di koran mingguan mahasiswa. Di usia 21, ia mendapat gelar jurusan Computer Animation. Di usia 27, dia membuat film pertamanya yang berjudul “Love Conquers All”. Di usia 38, ia melahirkan seorang anak. Pada usia 41 ia memutuskan untuk belajar seni bela diri.

Between Heaven and Earth

Schedule :
29 Nov | Mon | 10.45 | Empire XXI Studio 2
3 Dec | Fri | 18.30 | Empire XXI Studio 4

Southeast Asian Premiere
Ustura Films, Paul Thiltges Distributions, Oktober Productions
Palestine
92 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Najwa Najjar
Writer: Najwa Najjar
Producer: Hani E. Kort
Cast: Mouna Hawa, Firas Nassar, Lamis Ammar

Salma and Tamer have been married for 5 years in the Palestinian territories. The first time Tamer is given permission to cross the Israeli checkpoint is to file for divorce. In court, they make a shocking discovery about Tamer’s father’s past.

Salma dan Tamer sudah menikah selama 5 tahun di wilayah Palestina. Pertama kali Tamer diberi izin untuk menyeberangi pos pemeriksaan Israel adalah untuk mengajukan cerai. Di pengadilan, mereka mengungkap penemuan yang mengejutkan tentang masa lalu ayah Tamer.

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Najwa Najjar

Najwa Najjar is a Palestinian screenwriter and director. She received her BA in Political Science and Economics, her MA in Film in the United States. She has worked in both documentary and fiction as a director, writer, and producer of various short films. Her first fictional feature film was the critically acclaimed multi-award-winning debut Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009). Her second award-winning feature film Eyes of a Thief (2014) was the Palestinian nomination for the 2015 Oscars Best Foreign Film and the Golden Globe Awards. Between Heaven and Earth (2019) is her third feature.

Najwa Najjar adalah seorang penulis skenario dan sutradara dari Palestina. Ia meraih gelar BA dalam Ilmu Politik dan Ekonomi, MA dalam Film di Amerika Serikat. Ia pernah membuat film dokumenter dan fiksi sebagai sutradara, penulis, dan menjadi produser berbagai film pendek. Film panjang fiksi pertamanya yang mendapat penghargaan dan mendapatkan pujian dari kritikus film berjudul “Pomegranates and Myrrh” (2009). Film panjangnya yang memenangkan penghargaan yang kedua, yaitu “Eyes of a Thief” (2014) adalah nominasi Palestina untuk Oscars Best Foreign Film 2015 dan Golden Globe Awards. “Between Heaven and Earth” (2019) adalah film panjang ketiganya.

Pebbles

Schedule :
29 Nov | Mon | 18.45 | Empire XXI Studio 3
1 Dec | Wed | 18.45 | Empire XXI Studio 2

Indonesian Premiere
Rowdy Pictures Productions
India
74 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: P S Vinothraj
Writer: P S Vinothraj
Producer: Nayanthara, Vignesh Shivan
Cast: Karuththadaiyaan, Chellapandi

Ganapathy an alcoholic wife-beater drags out his young son Velu from school and embarks on a journey to fetch back his wife whom he had chased away. On reaching the in-laws house, he learns that his wife has already left to return to their home. In his frustration, he gets involved in a brawl with his in-laws earning the further disapproval of his son. The young boy dispels his frustration by tearing up the bus fare into bits. This leaves the duo with no choice, but to walk on foot in the scorching summer beaten rural landscapes to reach home. Their feelings are intertwined with the land, where the blazing heat fires up the father’s rage. The land and human emotions lay brazenly palpable in the scorching heat. Towards the end, the nurturing nature of women assuages the hunger and anger of men. This vicious cycle of love and hate is bound to repeat itself.

Ganapathy, seorang pecandu alkohol yang suka memukuli istrinya, menyeret keluar putranya yang masih kecil Velu dari sekolah dan melakukan perjalanan untuk menjemput kembali istrinya yang telah dia usir. Saat sampai di rumah mertua, dia mengetahui bahwa istrinya telah pergi untuk pulang ke rumah mereka. Karena frustasi, dia terlibat dalam perkelahian dengan mertuanya yang membuat putranya semakin tidak disenangi. Anak laki-laki itu menghilangkan rasa frustrasinya dengan merobek-robek ongkos bus. Ini membuat keduanya tidak punya pilihan lain, selain berjalan kaki sampai rumah mereka di musim panas yang terik dengan pemandangan pedesaan. Perasaan mereka terjalin dengan daerah tersebut, di mana panas terik membakar kemarahan ayah. Tanah dan emosi manusia terbakar dengan gagah di bawah panas terik. Menjelang akhir, sifat mengayomi yang dimiliki perempuan meredakan rasa lapar dan amarah pria. Lingkaran setan antara cinta dan benci ini ditakdirkan untuk berulang.

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P S Vinothraj

Vinothraj P S is a filmmaker hailing from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He dropped out of school and to overcome the financial difficulties at home, he began working in a textile factory at an early age of 8.
Later, wanting to be a filmmaker, he worked as a sales boy in a DVD shop in Chennai. During this time, he got introduced to a few people from the Tamil film Industry and eventually joined as an assistant director to Mr. Sargunam, a Tamil Filmmaker and later with another director N.Ragavan. He worked with them for almost 4 years on 2 film projects.
He then worked as an assistant director for a post-modernistic theatre troupe named ‘Manal Magudi’ established by Mr. Muruga Boopathy a prominent theatre director. He utilised his time during this venture to shoot a few short films after which he began writing the script for Koozhangal (Pebbles).

Vinothraj P S adalah pembuat film yang berasal dari Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Ia putus sekolah untuk mengatasi kesulitan keuangan keluarganya, dia mulai bekerja di pabrik tekstil sejak usia 8 tahun.
Kemudian, karena ingin menjadi pembuat film, ia bekerja sebagai sales boy di toko DVD di Chennai. Dalam rentang waktu ini, ia diperkenalkan kepada beberapa orang dari Industri film Tamil lalu akhirnya bergabung sebagai asisten sutradara untuk Mr. Sargunam, seorang Pembuat Film Tamil dan sutradara lain, N.Ragavan. Ia bekerja dengan mereka selama hampir 4 tahun di 2 proyek film.
Ia kemudian bekerja sebagai asisten sutradara untuk kelompok teater postmodernisme bernama ‘Manal Magudi’ yang didirikan oleh Muruga Boopathy, seorang sutradara teater terkemuka. Dalam perjalanannya, ia juga memanfaatkan waktunya untuk syuting beberapa film pendek sebelum mulai menulis naskah film “Koozhangal” (Pebbles).

Penyalin Cahaya

Photocopier

Schedule :
1 Dec | Wed | 17.45 | Empire XXI Studio 1
2 Dec | Thurs | 17.30 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Southeast Asian Premiere
Rekata Studio, Kaninga Pictures
Indonesia
130 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Wregas Bhanuteja
Writer: Wregas Bhanuteja, Henricus Pria
Producer: Adi Ekatama, Ajish Dibyo, Willawati
Cast: Shenina Cinnamon, Chicco Kurniawan, Lutesha

A first year university scholar, Sur, goes to a party for the first time in her life to celebrate an achievement of Mata Hari, the university’s theatre group where Sur volunteers as a web designer. Life is completely turned for Sur after she wakes up the next morning. She lost her scholarship and cast out by her family after her selfies are circulated online. Fear that she might be a subject of prank by the senior members of Mata Hari, Sur seeks help from her childhood friend, Amin, who works and lives in the university’s photocopy shop. Together, at the shop, they try to discover the truth about the selfie and about the night at the party by hacking into the students’ phones.

Seorang sarjana universitas tahun pertama, Sur, pergi ke pesta untuk pertama kalinya dalam hidupnya untuk merayakan pencapaian Mata Hari, grup teater universitas tempat Sur menjadi sukarelawan sebagai perancang web. Hidup Sur benar-benar berubah setelah ia bangun keesokan paginya. Ia kehilangan beasiswa dan diusir oleh keluarganya setelah selfie-nya beredar secara online. Khawatir bahwa ia mungkin menjadi bahan lelucon oleh anggota senior Mata Hari, Sur meminta bantuan dari teman masa kecilnya, Amin, yang bekerja dan tinggal di toko fotokopi universitas. Bersama-sama, di kios fotokopi tersebut, mereka mencoba menemukan kebenaran tentang selfie dan tentang pesta malam itu dengan meretas ponsel para siswa.

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Director’s Profile

Wregas Bhanuteja

Wregas Bhanuteja was born in Jakarta and studied directing at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts in 2014. He was invited to the Berlin Film Festival with his short, Lembusura (2015), and received the Best Short Film award in the Cannes Critics’ Week with Prenjak/In the Year of Monkey (2016) in 2016. Most recently, he introduced No One is Crazy in This Town (2019) at the Busan International Film Festival in 2019 and Sundance Film Festival in 2020. Photocopier (2021) is his first feature film.

Wregas Bhanuteja lahir di Jakarta dan belajar menjadi sutradara di Institut Kesenian Jakarta pada tahun 2014. Ia diundang ke Berlin Film Festival dengan film pendeknya, Lembusura (2015), dan menerima penghargaan Best Short Film award di Cannes Critics’ Week dengan “Prenjak/In the Year of Monkey” (2016) pada 2016. Belum lama, ia membuat karya baru, “No One is Crazy in This Town” (2019) di Busan International Film Festival pada 2019 dan Sundance Film Festival pada 2020. “Photocopier” (2021) adalah film panjang pertamanya.

Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas

Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 17.30 | Empire XXI Studio 1
29 Nov | Mon | 13.45 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Palari Films
Indonesia
114 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Edwin
Writer: Eka Kurniawan
Producer: Meiske Taurisia, Muhammad Zaidy
Cast: Marthino Lio, Ladya Cheryl

Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas tells a story about Ajo Kawir, a daredevil. His big desire to start a fight is driven by a secret – having an erectile dysfunction. While facing a formidable female fighter named Iteung, Ajo is so battered, he tumbles down – he falls in love. Will Ajo live happily ever after with Iteung and ultimately make peace with himself?

Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas bercerita tentang Ajo Kawir, seorang jagoan yang tak takut mati. Hasratnya yang besar untuk bertarung didorong oleh sebuah rahasia — ia impoten. Ketika berhadapan dengan seorang petarung perempuan tangguh bernama Iteung, Ajo babak belur hingga jungkir balik— dia jatuh cinta. Akankah Ajo menjalani kehidupan yang bahagia bersama Iteung dan, pada akhirnya, berdamai dengan dirinya?

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Edwin

Edwin was born in Surabaya, East Java. His short Kara, the Daughter of a Tree became the first indonesian film selected at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2005. Edwin is also the only Indonesian director selected in Take 100: The Future Film of Film – 100 New Directors (CINEMA) published by Phaidon, 2010 curated by 10 world film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Sundance, Busan, Hong Kong Istanbul, Buenos Aires. In 2012, Edwin received the Edwin Yang New Talent Award at the Asian Film Awards, Hong Kong. In 2017, Edwin won the Citra Award for Best Director for Posesif, as well as Best Film at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF). His latest project, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash won Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival.

Edwin lahir di Surabaya, Jawa Timur. Karya film pendeknya, “Daughter of a Tree” menjadi film Indonesia pertama yang terpilih pada Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2005. Edwin juga menjadi satu-satunya sutradara Indonesia yang terpilih dalam Take 100: The Future Film of Film – 100 New Directors (CINEMA) yang digagas oleh Phaidon tahun 2010, dan dikuratori oleh 10 festival film dunia seperti Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Sundance, Busan, Hong Kong Istanbul, Buenos Aires. Pada 2012, Edwin menerima penghargaan Edwin Yang New Talent Award di Asian Film Awards, Hong Kong. Pada tahun 2017, Edwin memenangkan Piala Citra kategori Sutradara Terbaik untuk filmnya yang berjudul “Posesif”, serta Best Film di Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF). Proyek film terbarunya, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash” memenangkan Golden Leopard di Locarno Film Festival.

Streetwise

Schedule :
3 Dec | Fri | 10.15 | Empire XXI Studio 2
4 Dec | Sat | 11.15 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Asian Premiere
The Sevent Art Pictures
China
93 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Na Jiazuo
Writer: Na Jiazuo
Producer: Guan Hu, Wang Donghui, Zhu Wenjiu , Justine O, Hu Jie, Guo Zijing
Cast: Li Jiuxiao, Huang Miyi, Yu Ailei

Dongzi, a small-town youth, becomes debt-collector, Xi Jun’s henchman in an attempt to pay off his sick father’s hospital bills. A cold and estranged parent-child relationship, an unsettling life on the streets, and an ambiguous relationship with a young woman; in Dongzi’s shoes, this is what it is like to be twenty-one.

Dongzi, seorang pemuda kota kecil, menjadi penagih utang, anak buah Xi Jun untuk berusaha melunasi tagihan rumah sakit ayahnya. Hubungan orang tua-anak yang dingin dan jauh, kehidupan jalanan yang meresahkan, dan hubungan yang ambigu dengan seorang wanita muda; dalam perjalanan hidup Dongzi, beginilah rasanya menjadi dua puluh satu.

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Na Jiazuo

Na Jiazuo is an ethnic Manchu, born in 1989 and raised in Beijing. Having learned to draw from the ageof nine, he was admitted to the affiliated middle school of the China Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. Upongraduation, he had originally hoped to go to the Dunhuang Grottoes to sculpt or work in mural restoration, but he failed to make the final China Academy of Fine Arts selection list. In 2010, he was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy and majored in cinematography. He enjoys being at home playing the piano, reading, sculpting, or simply just chilling. He is allergic to alcohol and doesn’t like going out much. In 2007, at the age of 18, Na Jiazuo formed a six-member band that has since been reduced to just two members. During the summer of 2021, they composed a song called “Me First”, which became the theme song of his film, “Streetwise (Gaey Wa’r)”. Na Jiazuo created the lyrics, vocals, and part of the composition, and played the guitar accompaniment.

Na Jiazuo adalah keturunan etnis Manchu yang lahir pada tahun 1989 dan dibesarkan di Beijing. Setelah belajar menggambar sejak usia sembilan tahun, ia diterima di sekolah menengah yang berafiliasi dengan China Academy of Fine Arts pada tahun 2006. Awalnya, setelah lulus ia berharap bisa pergi ke Gua Dunhuang untuk memahat atau bekerja dalam bidang restorasi mural, tetapi dia gagal lolos ke daftar seleksi terakhir China Academy of Fine Arts. Pada 2010, ia diterima di Beijing Film Academy jurusan sinematografi. Dia senang bermain piano, membaca, memahat, atau sekadar bersantai di rumah. Dia alergi terhadap alkohol dan tidak terlalu suka keluar rumah. Pada tahun 2007, pada usia 18 tahun, Na Jiazuo membentuk band beranggotakan enam orang yang sejak itu berkurang menjadi hanya dua anggota. Selama musim panas 2021, mereka membuat lagu berjudul “Me First”, yang menjadi lagu tema filmnya, “Streetwise (Gaey Wa’r)”. Na Jiazuo menciptakan lirik, vokal, dan bagian dari komposisi, dan memainkan iringan gitar untuk lagu tersebut.

Taste

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 18.00 | Empire XXI Studio 3
29 Nov | Mon | 13.00 | Empire XXI Studio 2

Asian Premiere
E&W Films
Vietnam
97 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Lê Bảo
Writer: Lê Bảo
Producer: Lai Weijie, Đồng Thị Phương Thảo
Cast: Olegunleko Ezekiel Gbenga, Thi Minh Nga Khuong, Thi Dung Le, Thi Cam Xuan Nguyen, Thi Tham Thin Vu

Bassley, a Nigerian footballer living in Vietnam, has been unable to make a living since he broke his leg. He and four middle-aged women he sometimes works for decide to escape the disappointment of their daily lives. They go to an old house where together they create a special world for themselves.
But this intimate utopia cannot last forever…

Bassley, pesepakbola asal Nigeria yang tinggal di Vietnam, sudah tidak mampu untuk mencari nafkah sejak kakinya patah. Dia dan empat wanita paruh baya yang biasanya memberinya pekerjaan memutuskan untuk melepaskan diri dari kekecewaan kehidupan sehari-hari mereka. Mereka pergi ke sebuah rumah tua di mana mereka bisa bersama-sama menciptakan dunia spesial untuk mereka sendiri.
Tetapi intimasi yang utopia ini tidak bisa bertahan selamanya…

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Director’s Profile

Lê Bảo

Lê Bảo was born in 1990. His interest in cinema began when he was a little boy looking through the small window of his house that sits by the river in the slums of Saigon. A self-trained cinephile, he learnt about cinema through watching foreign films on his computer and made his first short film when he was 20 years old, borrowing an old camera from a friend. His short films Coal and Scent were shot in the underdeveloped areas where he grew up. Taste, his first feature, is also shot with non-professional actors in the places he has known all his life.

Lê Bảo lahir pada tahun 1990. Ketertarikannya pada film dimulai ketika ia masih seorang anak kecil yang memandangi dunia luar lewat jendela mungil rumahnya di tepi sungai di daerah kumuh Saigon. Sebagai cinephile otodidak, ia belajar tentang sinema dengan menonton film asing di komputernya dan membuat film pendek pertamanya ketika ia berusia 20 tahun, memakai sebuah kamera tua pinjaman dari seorang teman. Film pendeknya yang berjudul Coal and Scent difilmkan di daerah tertinggal tempat di mana ia dibesarkan. “Taste”, film panjang pertamanya, juga menampilkan aktor non-profesional di tempat-tempat yang ia kenal sepanjang hidupnya.

Whether the Weather is Fine

Schedule :
30 Nov | Tue | 15.30 | Empire XXI Studio 1
1 Dec | Wed | 15.15 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Cinematografica, planc, Quantum Films
Philippines
105 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Writer: Giancarlo Abrahan, Jérémie Dubois, Carlo Francisco Manatad
Producer: Joji Alonso, Armi Rae Cacanindin, Vincent Wang
Cast: Charo Santos-Concio, Daniel Padilla, Rans Rifol

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, religious fanatics, desperados, criminals, and fleeing animals are loose in the city. Miguel, a desperate son but caged all his life by his inner demons, roams the ruins in search of the two women in his life: his friend Andrea and his mother, Norma. As soon as he finds these two, Miguel tries to convince them to leave the unliveable city.

Paska bencana Topan Haiyan, orang-orang beragama yang fanatik, orang-orang yang putus asa, penjahat, dan hewan yang melarikan diri berkeliaran di kota. Miguel, seorang anak yang putus asa dan dikurung sepanjang hidupnya oleh iblis-iblis dalam dirinya, menjelajahi reruntuhan untuk mencari dua wanita dalam hidupnya: temannya Andrea dan ibunya, Norma. Begitu dia menemukan keduanya, Miguel mencoba meyakinkan mereka untuk meninggalkan kota yang tidak layak untuk ditinggali itu.

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Carlo Francisco Manatad

Carlo Franscisco Manatad is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. His short films have screened at numerous local and international film festivals Junilyn Has, his first short film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival under the Pardi di Domani Section in 2015. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, his 4th short film was selected in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes International Film Festival. Baga’t Diri Tuhay Tat Pamahungpahung (The Imminent Immanent) premiered in competition at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Carlo is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talents, Tokyo Talents and the Locarno Filmmakers Academy. Whether the Weather is Fine (Kun Maupay Man It Panahon) is his first feature film.

Carlo Franscisco Manatad adalah seorang sutradara dan editor film Filipina yang tinggal di Manila. Ia adalah lulusan dari Institut Film Universitas Filipina. Film pendeknya telah diputar di berbagai festival film lokal dan internasional Junilyn Has, film pendek pertamanya ditayangkan perdana di Festival Film Locarno di bawah Pardi di Domani Section pada tahun 2015. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, film pendek keempatnya terpilih pada tahun kompetisi di Semaine de la Critique ke-56 dari Festival Film Internasional Cannes. Baga’t Diri Tuhay Tat Pamahungpahung (The Imminent Immanent) tayang perdana dalam kompetisi di Festival Film Internasional Toronto 2018. Carlo adalah alumnus Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talents, Tokyo Talents dan Locarno Filmmakers Academy. Whether the Weather is Fine (Kun Maupay Man It Panahon) adalah film fitur pertamanya.

White Building

Schedule :
1 Dec | Wed | 18.30 | Empire XXI Studio 3
4 Dec | Sat | 13.15 | Empire XXI Studio 3

Indonesian Premiere
Anti-Archive
Cambodia
90 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Kavich Neang
Writer: Kavich NEANG, Daniel MATTES
Producer: Davy CHOU, Marine ARRIGHI de CASANOVA
Cast: Piseth CHHUN, Sithan HOUT, Sokha UK, Chinnaro SOEM, Sovann THO, Jany MIN, Chandalin Y

20-year-old Samnang and two of his friends live in the White Building, a landmark tenement in Phnom Penh. In this fast-changing city, the three boys practice their dance routine dreaming of television talent contests while their parents lead a more traditional lifestyle. But the White Building is to be demolished. Samnang observes his father unsuccessfully attempting to bring together his divided neighbors on the government’s compensation offers for residents to move out, and he must face his best friend’s departure from Cambodia. Samnang finds that the stable environment he has always called home is on shaky ground.

Samnang, pria berusia 20 tahun dan dua temannya tinggal di sebuah apartemen bernama White Building, banguna petanda di Phnom Penh. Di kota yang mengalami pembangunan dengan cepat ini, tiga remaja laki-laki tersebut rutin berlatih menari karena mereka ingin mengikuti kontes pencarian bakat di televisi, sementara orang tua mereka menjalani gaya hidup yang biasa-biasa saja. Namun, bangunan putih tersebut harus dihancurkan. Samnang melihat ayahnya gagal menyatukan para tetangganya yang terpecah karena tawaran kompensasi dari pemerintah bagi penduduk untuk pindah, lalu harus menghadapi kepergian sahabatnya dari Kamboja. Samnang merasa bahwa lingkungan stabil yang selalu dia sebut rumah berdiri di atas tanah yang goyah.

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Director’s Profile

Kavich Neang

Kavich NEANG was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1987. He has directed five short films since 2011. In 2013, Kavich Neang joined the Busan Asian Film Academy. He co-founded Anti-Archive with Davy CHOU and Steve CHEN in 2014. Then, he participated in Cannes Cinéfondation’s Residency in 2017-2018. His documentary, “Last Night I Saw You Smiling” (2019) won a NETPAC Award at IFFR, a Special Jury Prize in Jeonju, Best Image at Janela de Cinema and two awards at Tokyo FilmEx. White Building is his first feature-length film which won the Orizzonti Best Actor Award at the 2021 Venice Biennale.

Kavich NEANG lahir di Phnom Penh, Kamboja pada tahun 1987. Ia telah menyutradarai lima film pendek sejak 2011. Awalnya Kavich Neang belajar dibawah arahan Rithy Pahn, kemudian pada tahun 2013, ia bergabung dengan Busan’s Asian Film Academy Ia ikut mendirikan Anti-Archive bersama Davy CHOU dan Steve CHEN pada tahun 2014. Lalu, ia berpartisipasi pada Cannes Cinéfondation’s Residency pada tahun 2017-2018. Film dokumenternya, “Last Night I Saw You Smiling” (2019) memenangkan NETPAC Award di IFFR, Special Jury Prize di Jeonju, Best Image di Janela de Cinema dan dua penghargaan di Tokyo FilmEx. “White Building” adalah film panjang pertamanya yang memenangkan Orizzonti Best Actor Award di Venice Biennale 2021.

Yuni

Schedule :
3 Dec | Fri | 18.15 | Empire XXI Studio 1
4 Dec | Sat | 13.30 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Fourcoulours Films, StarVision Plus, Akanga Film Productions
Indonesia
95 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Kamila Andini
Writer: Kamila Andini, Prima Rusdi
Producer: Ifa Isfansyah
Cast: Arawinda Kirana, Asmara Abigail, Sekar Sari

Yuni is an Indonesian teenage girl who realizes that when her dreams get bigger, the world around her gets smaller. She is about to finish high school and have a big dreams, she thinks everything is possible. Then one day she got proposed by a man she barely knows. She rejects the proposal, but the second proposal came. Yuni still believes in her dream, so does the family. But something came up this time. A myth, about you cannot reject more than two proposals; otherwise you will never get married. Until one day, her teacher came to her house, become the third guy who proposed to her.

Yuni, seorang gadis remaja cerdas dengan impian besar untuk kuliah. Ketika dua pria yang hampir tidak dikenalnya datang melamar, ia menolak lamaran mereka. Penolakan itu memicu gosip tentang mitos bahwa seorang perempuan yang menolak tiga lamaran tidakakan pernah menikah. Tekanan semakin meningkat ketika pria ketiga melamarnya, dan Yuni harus memilih antara mempercayai mitos atau mengejar impiannya.

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Director’s Profile

Kamila Andini

Kamila Andini is a mother and filmmaker based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her concern of social culture, gender equality and environmental issues lead her passion to make films with a distinctive perspective of telling a story. In 2011, she released her debut feature film ‘The Mirror Never Lies’, which portrays the life of a sea wanderer in the Indonesian ocean. And in 2017, She released her second feature ‘The Seen and Unseen’; a cinematic universe of dualism based on Balinese philosophy Sekala Niskala. Both films had traveled through more than 50 film festivals around the world and received about 30 awards nationally and Internationally, including Grand Prix winner best feature film in Berlinale Generation kplus 2018. Her third feature about an Indonesian teenage story called ‘Yuni’, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2021 and won the Platform Prize. This is an Indonesian, Singapore, French, Australian production which is now in distribution stage.

Kamila Andini adalah seorang ibu dan pembuat film yang tinggal di Jakarta, Indonesia. Kepeduliannya terhadap sosial budaya, kesetaraan gender, dan isu-isu lingkungan mendorong hasratnya untuk membuat film dengan cerita perspektif yang khas. Pada tahun 2011, ia merilis film fitur debutnya “The Mirror Never Lies”, yang menggambarkan kehidupan seorang pengembara di lautan Indonesia. Dan pada tahun 2017, Dia merilis film panjang keduanya, “The Seen and Unseen”; suatu alam semesta sinema dualistik berdasarkan filosofi Bali Sekala Niskala. Kedua film tersebut telah diputar di lebih dari 50 festival film di seluruh dunia dan mendapatkan sekitar 30 penghargaan nasional dan Internasional, termasuk pemenang Grand Prix winner Best Feature Film di Berlinale Generation kplus 2018. Film ketiganya tentang kisah remaja Indonesia berjudul ‘Yuni’, ditayangkan perdana di Toronto International Film Festival 2021 dan memenangkan Platform Prize. Film ini adalah produksi Indonesia, Singapura, Perancis, Australia yang saat ini sedang dalam tahap distribusi.