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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 17, 2018

QCinema Filmfest Has An Impressive Lineup Of Foreign Films That Have Won Awards & Acclaim In Various International Film Festivals

QCINEMA FILMFEST will start on October 21 and, aside from the local entries, they offer a wonderful lineup of first rate foregin titles that film lovers everywhere will surely love. The opening film is “Shoplifters”, by Hirokazu Kore-eda”, a Japanese film that won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. It tells the story of a family who earn their living as criminals in downtown Tokyo. Their story takes an interesting turn when they adopt a little girl despite their impoverished livelihood. This honestly sounds like the Cinemalaya entry, “School Service”.

The closing film is “Piercing” starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska, an acclaimed film by Nicolas Pesce based on a novel Ryu Murakami. This is a horror-comedy that tells of a man who checks himself into a hotel room to accomplish his long-time dream, which is to execute a perfect murder. But then, he meets this mysteriously unhinged call girl played by Mia.

In the Asian Next Wave section, the entries are:

Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined” - Winner of the Golden Leopard Award for best film at the Locarno International Filmfest, it’s about a lonely construction worker from China goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site, and a sleepless police investigator investigates what happened.

Bi Gan’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” - A Chinese film that won the ICS (International Cinephile Society) Cannes Award, it’s a man who returns home to Guizhou and recalls the summer he spent with a mysterious woman 20 years ago.

Kamila Andini’s “The Seen and Unseen” - This Indonesian film

won the Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize and is about a young girl who seeks out imaginative ways to cope with the death of her twin brother.

Anoocha Boonyawatana’s “Malila: The Farewell Flower” - A Thai film about a man whose diagnosed with a terminal illness and his contempations on his mortality.

Huang Hsin-yao’s “The Great Buddha” - A 2017 Taiwanese dark comedy film written and directed by Huang Hsin-yao, it won the top prize at the 19th Taipei Film Festival and got 10 nominations at the 54th Golden Horse Awards, winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best New Director for Huang. It was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Ashleigh Mayfair’s “The Third Wife” - This trip to the past takes us to rural Vietnam in th 19th century with a largely female cast. The story is about a 14-year old girl who’s married off to a much older man.

Other films in the Rainbow film section for the LGBT community are:

Felipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s “Tinta Bruta (Hard Paint)” - Set in Brazil's southern city of Porto Alegre, the film focuses on a socially repressed young man who only comes out of his shell during chatroom performances where he strips and smears neon paints on his lithe body.

John Tengrove’s “The Wound” -This is a controversial South African film which follows the closeted relationship between two men in the context of the Xhosa initiation ritual involving circumcision.

Marcelo Martinessi’s “The Heiresses” - A Paraguayan film about two women from wealthy family who’ve been living together for 30 years who are forced to sell their inherited possessions when they become poor.

Christophe HonorĂ©’s “Sorry, Angel” is a 2018 French drama film that competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Filmfest about Arthur, a student from Brittany who has a love affair with Jacques, a 39 year old writer from Paris.

Yann G
onzales’ “Knife + Heart” - A French drama thriller, set in the summer of 1979 when a gay porn producer, Anne, sets out to film her most ambitious film yet, but her actors are soon killed one by one, by a mysterious killer.

Other films to watch out for are:

Gaspar Noe’s “Climax” - a 2018 French musical horror film that won the Art Cinema Award in the last Cannes Filmfest, starring Sofia Boutella about a troupe of hip-hop dancers experiencing a bad trip that makes them experience hallucinations when they accidentally took drugs put into their sangria drink.

Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” - A mystery drama film based on a story by Haruki Murakami, it won the Cannes 2018 FIPRESCI Award and is about a man who takes care of a woman’s cat when she goes to Africa. When she returns, she is with another man she met in Africa and they all figure in a mysterious love triangle.
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