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Singapore Chinese Film Festival – Opening Films

Four short films will open the Singapore Chinese Film Festival which will take place from April 29 until May 8, 2022 in Singapore.

The Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2022 will open with the screening of four short films under the name “Chinese Shortcuts: Where is Home? – Where is home? Is it our parents’ hometown that still exists? Is it a place to settle down? Or is it a faraway destination? Four short films from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan tell of the protagonists’ past, present, or upcoming scattered lives”

– Opening Film –

Days is Done by Zhang Dalei – China | 2021 – 24 minutes

A rare visit to grandfather. The sadness of parting is in the air. In Day Is Done, Zhang Dalei picks up where his autobiographically inspired feature debut The Summer Is Gone left off.

依然是那个院落和家庭。父母眼尾身姿被揉皱了些,双截棍不离手的小雷长大了还是寡言。姥爷的小院里生活平静绵延,日常细碎在家庭成员间流转。《八月》导演张大磊携最新短片作品《下午过去了一半》,为我们呈现他所理解的生活与东方日常。

Awards:
The 71st Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)

Trailer:

The Poem of Pakistan by Inderjeet Singh – Hong Kong, Taiwan | 2021 – 25 minutes

Hamid, a young Pakistani in Hong Kong works hard to earn a living as an investment broker. Later, he meets another young Pakistani, who loves Pakistani literature and leads him to reflect on his current way of life.

巴基斯坦裔香港青年Hamid以销售金融商品为生,在功利社会力争上游。他要抹去国家认同、抹去同乡情谊,一切看钱说话。一次巧合,Hamid听见以家乡乌都语写成的诗歌,轻柔地吟念唤醒他沉睡的思念,在汇集各方旅者的东方之珠,Hamid找到重省自己身份的必要。

Awards:
2021 Kaohsiung Film Festival Asian New Wave Award

Trailer:

My Sister by Pan Ke-yin – Taiwan | 2021 – 25 minutes

On the day before Hsiao-chun’s 18th birthday, she prepares to leave her home for university. A bright future awaits her, but a secret she overhears changes the way she looks at her family. What wish will she make for herself?

高中生小春站在跃升成人的关口,同时还要面对大学发榜前的忐忑不安。不管是对大学生活的期盼,还是尚在萌芽的青春悸动,都还来不及好好消化,在18岁生日前夕,一个被她意外听见的家庭秘密,又重击了她的心房⋯⋯

Awards:
2021 Taoyuan Film Festival Taiwan Award Jury Special Prize; Rising Star Award

Trailer:

Can You Hear Me? by Li Nien-Hsiu – Taiwan | 2021 – 37 minutes

Jhong wakes up at home to find himself dead. He watches his wife and children deal with his death while they speak their thoughts over breakfast. Shortly after, absurd incidents begin to happen: Jhong’s son is afraid his mother will be charged with manslaughter; the policeman who comes to help is terrified upon seeing Jhong’s spirit; and Jhong’s wife insists on taking her husband’s corpse for a walk by the riverbank. Though his wife cannot hear a word of what Jhong’s spirit is saying, she can still sense his final wish.

阿忠一觉醒来,发现自己死了。他看着太太和子女处理他的身后事,一家人围着尸体一边吃早餐、一边七嘴八舌。阿忠也在旁边喋喋不休,但不论生前或是死后,他讲的话都没人听!他只能委托一个人,完成他最后心愿。

Awards:
The 27th ifva Awards Special Mention (Asian New Force Category)

Trailer:

To know more about the festival please visit: https://www.scff.sg/

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