Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Reel Asian Announces Full List of Films
Posted by Courtney Small
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year with a series of new initiatives including free screenings, larger venues to accommodate growing audiences, a multi-venue media art installation, special guest filmmakers from across Asia and the world, and a major expansion into Richmond Hill.
Reel Asian is Canada’s longest-running and largest showcase dedicated to contemporary cinema by East Asian and Southeast Asian moviemakers from around the world.
Today’s most talented and recognized Asian filmmakers made their Toronto debuts at Reel Asian – including Cannes Palme D’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Mysterious Objects at Noon in 2002), acclaimed Hong Kong directors Johnnie To, Stephen Chow and Tsui Hark (omnibus film 1:99 in 2003), Oscar-nominated Christine Choy (Ha Ha Shanghai in 2001), and Sundance Grand Prize nominee Lixin Fan (Last Train Home in 2010)
From November 8 to 19, 2011, the festival will present more than 55 films and videos from 12 countries, including Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S. and Vietnam. Reel Asian strives to develop programming that reflects the cultural diversity of Canada and increase public understanding and appreciation of the artistic, social and cultural contributions of those of Asian heritage through film. This year, the festival has expanded by two days to provide an even larger selection of screenings and events!
GALAS & CENTREPIECE:
• OPENING NIGHT GALA: LOVER’S DISCOURSE (Hong Kong 2010, Canadian premiere, director Derek Tsang in attendance)
• CENTREPIECE PRESENTATION: JUMP ASHIN! (Taiwan 2011, Canadian premiere, director Lin Yu-hsien in attendance)
• CLOSING NIGHT GALA: BUDDHA MOUNTAIN (China 2010, Toronto premiere, guest in attendance)
INTERNATIONAL FEATURES: a selection of award-winning and noteworthy films including
• China – PIERCING 1 by Liu Jian, winner of Best Animated Feature Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2010)
• South Korea – JOURNALS OF MUSAN by Park Jung-Bum, winner of the Tiger Award, Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival (2011)
• South Korea – BLEAK NIGHT by Yoon Sung-Hyun, winner of the FIPRESCI Award, Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival (2011)
• Taiwan ¬– WHEN LOVE COMES by Chang Tso-Chi, winner of 4 Golden Horse Awards including Best Film (2010)
• Thailand – ETERNITY by Sivaroj Kongsakul, winner of the Tiger Award, Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival (2011)
• World Premiere of Cuong Ngo’s PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST
• Canadian Spotlight LILY ENG: REAL ASIAN-CANADIAN WOMAN WARRIOR
• Canadian Shorts Programs: SEIZE THE MOMENT, TRAILBLAZERS, CROSSROADS and CREATURES
GALLERY INSTALLATION: LOST SECRETS OF THE ROYAL at A Space Gallery and Blackwood Gallery
Four installations commissioned by LIFT and Reel Asian, inspired by an archive of 35mm Hong Kong films from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. This collection, recovered by Colin Geddes from the basement of Toronto’s Royal Cinema, includes period dramas, comedies, martial arts movies, and pink films.
Reel Asian's 6th Annual Pitch Competition—So You Think You Can Pitch?—is back for 2011! A collaboration between Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and Charles Street Video (CSV), this competition features prizes worth a combined value of more than $35,000. Teams of filmmakers will have six minutes each to pitch their projects to vie for $2,000 in cash; distribution through Ouat Media; $10,000 (emerging category) and $18,000 (professional category) worth of production, post services and artist's fees at CSV.
REEL ASIAN HEADS TO RICHMOND HILL!
As part of our initiative to reach new audiences beyond the downtown core, Reel Asian expands to include the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in its official festival programme. We will be opening at Richmond Hill with the premiere of highly anticipated Hong Kong action film OVERHEARD 2.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (chronologically by date)
Opening Night Gala | Tue Nov 8, 7:00 pm | Isabel Bader Theatre | director in attendance
LOVER'S DISCOURSE | Dir. Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung, Jimmy Wan | Hong Kong 2010 | Canadian Premiere
Jumping genres from fantasy to thriller, four overlapping stories of individuals afflicted, troubled and obsessed with love in Hong Kong weave into one. Starring Eason Chan, Karena Lam Ka-Yan.
Youth Presentation | Wed Nov 9, 1:00 pm | NFB Cinema | directors in attendance
These shorts show youth at a crossroads, confronting generational differences, looking beyond their everyday lives, and ultimately discovering their own dreams.
Feature Presentation | Wed Nov 9, 6:45 pm | Innis Town Hall
SUMMER PASTURE | Dir. Lynn True, Nelson Walker | USA/Tibet 2010 | Canadian Premiere | directors in attendance
An intimate look at nomadic life on a remote Tibetan plain as a young family faces mounting pressure to leave behind their traditional way of life.
Shorts Presentation | Wed Nov 9, 8:45 pm | Innis Town Hall | directors in attendance
These delightful stories tell of seniors who have boldly and bravely carved out their own paths; who continue to celebrate their unique identities; who express their artistic desires; and who party like there’s no tomorrow!
Youth Presentation | Thu Nov 10, 1:00 pm | NFB Cinema | directors in attendance
Creepy, crawly, and cute: these animated creatures open doors to our imaginations.
Youth Presentation | Thu Nov 10, 3:00 pm | NFB Cinema
An eye-opening account of three Cambodian-American ex-cons forced to return to their native country.
Canadian Spotlight | Thu Nov 10, 6:30 pm | Innis Town Hall | director in attendance
LILY ENG: REAL ASIAN-CANADIAN WOMAN WARRIOR
Eng's original choreographed performances incorporate elegant and disciplined dance with raw intense movements inspired by martial arts.
Feature Presentation | Thu Nov 10, 8:45 pm | Innis Town Hall
FORTUNE TELLER | Dir. Xu Tong | China 2010 | Toronto Premiere
A revealing documentary about an eccentric but charming fortune teller who services a clientele of prostitutes and shadowy figures, who, like him, are living on the fringes of Chinese society.
Shorts Presentation | Fri Nov 11, 6:15 pm | The Royal | directors in attendance
SEIZE THE MOMENT
This year’s best of Asian-Canadian shorts look at daily fears and anxieties and demand us to seize the moment and take hold of life.
Feature Presentation | Fri Nov 11, 8:45 pm | The Royal | director in attendance
SAIGON ELECTRIC | Dir. Stephane Gauger | USA/Vietnam 2011 | Canadian Premiere
Hip hop dancers from the tough streets of Saigon befriend a ribbon dancer from the countryside. Together, they must dance for their lives to save the only home they know.
Feature Presentation | Fri Nov 11, 11:30 pm | The Royal
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST MOVIE: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS | Dir. Murata Kasuya | Japan 2011 | Toronto Premiere
The infamous Elric brothers’ continuing quest for the Philosopher’s Stone embroils them in a rebellion in the underground city of Milos. Based on Japan’s #1 manga series.
Feature Presentation | Sat Nov 12, 12:00 pm | The Royal
JOURNALS OF MUSAN | Dir. Park Jung-Bum | South Korea 2010 | Canadian Premiere
Bullied at every turn, a lonely North Korean defector in Seoul struggles to survive and maintain his dignity within a society determined to ostracize him.
Feature Presentation | Sat Nov 12, 2:45 pm | The Royal
BLEAK NIGHT | Dir. Yoon Sung-Hyun | South Korea 2010 | Toronto Premiere
The sudden death of a high-school student reveals the complex and competitive power dynamics among teenage boys in this psychological drama from South Korea.