Film Title

Goldberg Variations
Director: Jolyon Cheung


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Production Country Hong Kong
Production Year 2014
Duration 21’24”
Colour Color
Language In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Genre Drama
Shooting Format HD
Synopsis 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”.
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Remarks shared after Festival visit

“By participating in the 68th Festival de Cannes, I get to know directors, producers and film commentators from different parts of the world. A short film producer from Chile likes my short film, hence recommended me to attend the upcoming Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. On the other side, I received a screening invitation from the 12th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival in South Korea after I came back to Hong Kong, and I went there to participate in the film festival in the past August. To a filmmaker, it is crucial for us to receive new inspirations and culture exchanges. A lot of cooperation possibilities appear in film festivals. My work will also also be screened in ifva Carnival. A token of thanks has to be given to NAE for supporting and promoting local film works. I hope NAE can continue to support Hong Kong filmmakers in the coming future.”

— Shared by Jolyon Cheung, director of Goldberg Variations, after attending the Short Film Palme d-or & Short Film Corner – 69th Festival de Cannes in France and the 12th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival in South Korea, under the sponsorship of NAE.

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