“HONG KONG SHORT FILM: New Action Express” Online Short Film Selection: Wish You Are Well

As the pandemic continues to evolve, countries around the globe are implementing social distancing and isolation measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. While with this extra time spending at home, are you and your family, relatives, friends getting closer or drifting apart?

Hong Kong Arts Centre is bringing you two online screening programmes this long weekend. 5 local shorts that had been invited to overseas festivals will be showcased, presenting you five stories of intimate and alienated relationships.

Ticketing and screening procedures:
1. Register on HKAC website
2. Confirmation emails will be sent out a day before the screening
3. The link and password to view the short films will be sent via email, 30 minutes before the screening time
4. The link and password will only be valid for 2 hours from the screening time
Screening line-up on 2 May 2020, 2pm & 7pm:
2 May 2020 3 May 2020
2pm & 7pm 2pm & 7pm
Venue: Online for a limited-time

See You Once Again
Jane Leung

Hong Kong | 2014 | 14’ | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour

It was the time when thousands of families left Hong Kong to look for a ‘better future’. After almost 20 years of separation, here comes the reunion dinner for a father and his daughter. The awkward distance between the two make them seem like strangers, but deep in their hearts hide their missing for each other. Memories intertwined with the present, both of them know that what really matters is your beloved ones are all well.
Bright Spring Days
Yeh Ka-lun

Hong Kong | 2018 | 25’ | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour

Kuen is a lounge singer on Temple Street. Her son Kakei, now a university student, returns to Hong Kong for just a few days after emigrating to Canada with his father. Kuen's colleague Kit has to work overnight and enlists Kuen’s help to take care of her young son. During the sleepless night, Kuen and Ka-kei relive their past and envisage their future through another pair of mother and son. Under the bright sun, the cycle of life and family relationships continue, made all the more touching by the nuanced moments of care and concern between each other. Sham Ka-ki of Weeds On Fire plays the son and renders a tender and layered performance full of subtlety.
This Pair
Wong Yee-mei

Hong Kong | 2010 | 30’ | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour

Why does Old Granny seem less lovable as she ages? 82-year-old Granny lives with her fifth son in Guangzhou apartment, but spends most of the time by herself. Two of her children are dead, another two have their own families, and a further two divide their time between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The only connection among members of this family seems to be the annual grave sweeping ceremony.
Screening line-up on 3 May 2020, 2pm & 7pm:

From Here to There
Wong Yee-lam

Hong Kong | 2012 | 28’ | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour

Jae and Him were inseparable as teenagers. Their bond was so strong that it went far beyond just a normal friendship. However, like many schoolyard friendships, the two eventually had a falling out and stopped seeing each other. A decade later, the wedding of a common friend reunites the two, bringing back the hostilities that drove them apart in the first place. When Him gets drunk at the wedding party, Jae is asked to drive him home. A simple night drive across the city turns into a journey to their complicated past as they make detours to old landmarks and we see the events that led to their fallout. Will they be able to bury the hatchet, and will they be able to continue their friendship from where they left off?
Goldberg Variations
Jolyon Cheung

Hong Kong | 2014 | 21’ | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour

Music is the common language that draws people together. Johann Bach’s Goldberg Variations brings the two lonely and unrelated people in the film - an inconspicuous mid-aged man Joe and a once popular actress Shu closer. A subtle and occasional encounter takes place in the remote country side where Joe is the night shift storekeeper and Shu goes to the area for shooting. When Joe plays this particular work of Bach, Shu is touched and shares with him her miserable life experiences. He feels that there is a bonding between them until he attempts to explore more into this illusive “relationship”.
Special thanks: Jane Leung, Yeh Ka-lun and Fresh Wave Film Festival Limited, Wong Yee-mei, Wong Yee-lam, Jolyon Cheung
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