Official Selection

Back – Half the Sky

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OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

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HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min 

DIRECTOR & WRITER : Daniela Thomas

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

Maria HELENA, a struggling and spirited woman in her fifties, lives in a squatted building in downtown São Paulo (the giant metropolis of Brazil). Her past comes back to haunt her and she must return to her remote hometown in the abandoned mining country of Minas Gerais to face the family that once hurt and forsook her. Inspired by the Christian tale of the “prodigal son”, BACK, shows the journey of Maria HELENA after she finds out that her mother is very ill and wants to see her before she dies. She grudgingly undertakes the trip back to São Joao, the tiny, archaic village she was born in, after decades of
absence and, on the long way, has the chance to heal old scars.

 

PROJECT INFO

Executively produced by JIA Zhang-Ke. Following the vast positive reception and critiques on the first BRICS co-production of “Where Has Time Gone,” the same team initiated a new project. Gathering five female directors from China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, each to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. The five independent shorts are then compiled into an analogy feature film called “Half the Sky.”

THEME

“Half the Sky” has become an important theoretical generalization and practice of feminism worldwide. Through their works and realizations, the five women directors comprehend, listen to and focus on feminine values.
 
Back Director

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Daniela THOMAS directs and writes films, creates opera and theater sets, designs exhibitions and creates installations. Her work has been seen, exhibited and played around the world. She partnered with Walter Salles, writing and co-directing three features, Foreign Land
(1996), Midnight (1998) and Linha de Passe (2008), and many shorts, including a Paris, Je T’aime segment (2006). She also co-directed Sunstroke (2009), with her partner in theater, Felipe Hirsch. Daniela
directed and wrote the feature films Vazante (2016), which opened the Panorama Section in the 67th Berlinale, 2017. And her latest feature
The Last Dinner will soon be released.

Revive – Where Has Time Gone?

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Revive

WHERE HAS TIME GONE? – BRICS SHORTS 1 – 111min

DIRECTOR & WRITER : Jia Zhang-ke

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 10am | Nu Metro 6, 16 Oct @ 10.30pm

SYNOPSIS

The spring equinox awakes the earth.
In Pingyao, a city of 2700-year history, ancient city walls stretches as far as you can see. 38-year-old Tao and Liangzi are a couple with a teenage daughter, working as performers in tourist attraction. When the two-child policy is introduced, the couple decides to have another baby.
Though many difficulties lie ahead, like age and body conditions, they are determined.
Just like what Tao says, ‘We can still get back, bit by bit, what time has stolen from us’.

AWARDS

Artistic Merit Award at The 2nd BRICS Film Festival
 

PROJECT INFO

Presented by Xstream Pictures (Beijing) and Huanxi Media Group Ltd. with Jia Zhang-ke as the producer, “Where Has Time Gone?” is an anthology feature film showing five segments directed by five directors from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, exploring the theme of time and love through their own perspectives.

THEME

Caught in frenzied spiral of economic and social development, people are always trying to keep up and chase faster pace of life. It almost becomes an addition that real people and things around individuals are ignored. It is especially true in BRICS countries that are experiencing almost aggressive development where people constantly feel time has lost, hence raise the question “Where has time gone?”.
 
JIA ZHANG_KE

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Since 1998, JIA Zhang-ke has directed 11 full-length movies and a number of short films, among which Still Life won him Golden Lion at the 63 rd Venice International Film Festival for Best Picture.
His Mountains May Depart won him Best Screenwriter at the 10 th Asian Film Awards. In 2010, he won the Honorary Golden
Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. In
2015, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award
Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Still Born – Where Has Time Gone?

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Still Born

WHERE HAS TIME GONE? – BRICS SHORTS 1 – 111min

DIRECTOR & WRITER : Jahmil X.T. Quebeka

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 10am | Nu Metro 6, 16 Oct @ 10.30pm

SYNOPSIS

In a future virtual reality, every snowflake is tagged; every raindrop can speak, and every individual’s life is predestined. The program that runs this world is as ancient as the beginning of time. No one knows how this came to be, nor can anyone take control of his or her life.
Nobomi SX1, a programmed janitor, is somehow inspired to change her destiny even if it means to risk her life. She uses all her effort to create something different for herself, a path where she could feel life itself and find the meaning of being a human.

AWARDS

Artistic Merit Award at The 2nd BRICS Film Festival
 

PROJECT INFO

Presented by Xstream Pictures (Beijing) and Huanxi Media Group Ltd. with Jia Zhang-ke as the producer, “Where Has Time Gone?” is an anthology feature film showing five segments directed by five directors from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, exploring the theme of time and love through their own perspectives.

THEME

Caught in frenzied spiral of economic and social development, people are always trying to keep up and chase faster pace of life. It almost becomes an addition that real people and things around individuals are ignored. It is especially true in BRICS countries that are experiencing almost aggressive development where people constantly feel time has lost, hence raise the question “Where has time gone?”.
 
Jahmil X.T. QUEBEKA

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Jahmil X.T. QUBEKA is considered South Africa’s most outstanding contemporary black director. His film Of Good Report
was chosen to open the Durban Film Festival and won him five African Movie Academy Awards. The film was also selected for many prominent film festivals including the Toronto Film Festival and London Film Festival

Mumbai Mist – Where Has Time Gone?

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Mumbai Mist

WHERE HAS TIME GONE? – BRICS SHORTS 1 – 111MIN

DIRECTOR : Madhur Bhandarkar                                                                                      WRITER :  Sanjay Chhel, Priyanka GHATAK

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 10am | Nu Metro 6, 16 Oct @ 10.30pm

SYNOPSIS

Chandrakant spends his retirement time in Mumbai, the busiest city in India. In this ever-changing landscape of life, he feels abandoned until he meets a ten-year-old orphan Charlie in the park. Their spirit blossoms up because of this unexpected friendship. Yet one day, Charlie disappears. Chandrakant anxiously looks for him all over the city because Charlie has given him the most precious thing – time.

AWARDS

Artistic Merit Award at The 2nd BRICS Film Festival
 

PROJECT INFO

Presented by Xstream Pictures (Beijing) and Huanxi Media Group Ltd. with Jia Zhang-ke as the producer, “Where Has Time Gone?” is an anthology feature film showing five segments directed by five directors from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, exploring the theme of time and love through their own perspectives.

THEME

Caught in frenzied spiral of economic and social development, people are always trying to keep up and chase faster pace of life. It almost becomes an addition that real people and things around individuals are ignored. It is especially true in BRICS countries that are experiencing almost aggressive development where people constantly feel time has lost, hence raise the question “Where has time gone?”.
 
Madhur Bhandarkar

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Madhur BHANDARKAR won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and Best Director with Page 3 and Traffic Signal respectively. He was also nominated for Bollywood’s Filmfare
Awards many times. His films have achieved great commercial and critical success. In 2016, Bhandarkar was awarded the Padma Shri, becoming the youngest filmmaker to receive this
award ever.