|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
Bends straddles the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and tells the story of Anna, an affluent housewife and Fai, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the pressures of Hong Kong life and the city’s increasingly complex relationship to mainland China. Their two lives collide in a common space, the car.
The film’s original Cantonese title translates as ‘crossing the border’. This debut film from Hong Kong’s rising talent Flora LAU was
screened in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at the 66th Cannes. LAU presents a realistic visualization of the issues concerning
Hong Kong and the mainland. The two are separated by a new type of border that has replaced the old one, ever since Hong Kong
was returned to China.
A young couple lives in an impoverished neighborhood with their little girl. The only two people seen going in and out of the
apartment are the husband and the daughter, while the wife stays indoors, not even opening the window on a sweltering day. The
reason she is forced to hide inside the apartment is because she is pregnant with her second baby. The one-child policy is strictly
enforced by the Chinese government; therefore, it is illegal to give birth to a second child.
The husband’s workplace is across the sea in Hong Kong. There he works as a chauffeur to a wealthy housewife called Anna
LI. Anna’s pampered life, which is surrounded by expensive artworks, extravagant clothes, and grandiose furniture that fill her
luxurious apartment, suddenly falls apart when her bankrupt husband disappears. All of a sudden, she is thrown into poverty. We
are faced with the question of how to cross the border between the emptiness of materialistic wealth and the desperation of the
young couple who must find a way to give birth to their second child in Hong Kong. [LEE Angela]
Flora LAUFlora LAU
Born and raised in Hong Kong. Flora LAU graduated from Columbia University in New York and later attended London Film School where she graduated as a director. Her thesis film, Dry Rain, won the Best Film Award in the Hong Kong Fresh Wave Short Film Competition at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival. BENDS is Flora’s feature directorial debut.