Encounters Film Festival – Asian Presence 2022

These are the Asian films that are being screened at the Encounters Film Festival which is taking place until October 2, 2022 in Bristol, UK.

– Feature Films

Leonor will never Die by Martika Ramirez Escobar – Philippines | 2022 – 99 minutes

Fiction and reality blur when Leonor, a retired filmmaker, falls into a coma after a television lands on her head, compelling her to become the action hero of her unfinished screenplay. (EncountersFF 2022)


SHe by Zhou Shengwei – China | 2018 – 95 minutes

In the authoritarian world dominated by male shoes, female high heels are forbidden to work or even exist. Newborn baby girl shoes are transformed into male shoes so that they can work in the cigarette factory. In a birth prison, a high heel mother murders the male shoe chief to protect her daughter from being transformed into a male shoe. To feed her daughter, she uses the chief’s leather coat as a gender disguise and works in the cigarette factory. When her identity is exposed, she is ruthlessly ridiculed and tortured by her colleagues and superiors. Finally, she discovers her inner energy and begins an avenge in the name of her daughter. (EncountersFF 2022)


– Short Films

All the Crows in the World by Yi Tang – Hong Kong | 2021 – 14 minutes

18-year-old Shengnan is invited to a mysterious party by her cousin. The party is filled with greasy middle aged Chinese men. Among these people, Jianguo is so different. (EncountersFF 2022)


Bimo Xinglü by Annlin Chao – Taiwan | 2017 – 4 minutes

This movie takes famous Chinese paintings and imagines how it would be traveling through their landscapes. (EncountersFF 2022)

Cui Wen Zi Training for Immortality by Jiaqi Wang – China | 2022 – 5 minutes

There was a beautiful creature in my dream. But I never see it again. Nature energy creates an energy field. We learn from nature, we want to find the truth of nature. (EncountersFF 2022)

Fruit Market by Pui Sze Chan – Hong Kong | 2022

Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle inside Yau Ma Tei fruit market is animated with collage. (EncountersFF 2022)

In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-Weeny Pocket by Yoko Yuki – Japan | 2022 – 6 minutes

When it shrinks, it expands. It floats and it sinks. It separates but connects. When I think I’m watching them, they’re actually watching me. A charming animation rhyme that weaves together the many days of observing, recording, and experimenting. (EncountersFF 2022)


Isle of Chair by Ivvy Chen – Taiwan, UK | 2020 – 6 minutes

If a fallen chair symbolises death, loss, damage and dysfunction, would you want to help the chair to stand again? If the chair can never stand in a way that you prefer, would you accept that? how would you face it? (EncountersFF 2022)


It’s Raining Frogs Outside by Maria Estela Paiso – Philippines | 2021 – 14 minutes

The world is about to end. Maya is forced to go home to the province of Zambales. There, she confronts her childhood house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside. (EncountersFF 2022)


My Grandmother is an Egg by Wu-Ching Chang – Taiwan, UK | 2021 – 9 minutes

As a child, the director’s grandmother was given to another family to be raised as a future daughter-in-law in productive roles. By representing the unjust tradition in the past, the film aims to reflect women’s oppression and struggles for freedom. (EncountersFF 2022)


People’s Pond by Chiahui Liao – UK, China | 2022 – 24 minutes

After a few drinks, Pingan agrees to Guo’s strange request and later wakes up in the hospital. What he doesn’t yet know is that his life will never be the same again. (EncountersFF 2022)

Perfect City: The Mother by Shengwei Zhou – US, China | 2022 – 12 minutes

Perfect City: The Mother is the first episode of the Perfect City series, telling a story about a wooden mother tries to carve her root baby into a plastic human doll under the seduce of Perfect Spray, a illusion constructed by the mother’s fear. (EncountersFF 2022)


Puppy Love by Margarita Mina – Philippines | 2017 – 18 minutes

A young girl on the brink of puberty wakes up one morning to find that her pet dog had escaped, leaving her with a wound in her vagina. Thinking her dog had bitten her, she sets out to find traces of it, despite the persistence of her best friend to just let it go. Confused and distraught about her body and what the blood entails, she tries to make sense of herself and her tireless longing. She digs deep into her own flowery crevices to understand– clawing and howling. (EncountersFF 2022)


Show Must Go Up by Leo Liang – Taiwan | 2022

The life of contemporary acrobatic artists in Taiwan. (EncountersFF 2022)

Squish! by Tulapop Saenjaroen – Thailand, Singapore | 2021 – 17 minutes

Squish! is a meditation; filtered through both old and foreseeable technology informed by Thai animation history and contemporary culture, and a constant process of constructing and deforming new selves to simulate ‘movements’. (EncountersFF 2022)


Tongue by Kaho Yoshida – Canada, Japan | 2022 – 2 minutes

Tired of being talked at by men, a woman takes a sensual trip with unusual friends. (EncountersFF 2022)


Underneath by Calif Chong – Hong Kong, UK | 2019 – 18 minutes

Since Jane’s husband is sick, the obligation of running the family rest solely on her shoulders. In a state of emotion and sexual disequilibrium, Jane stumbles on an affair with a man who asks to buy her underpants… (EncountersFF 2022)


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