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Opening Film · Septet: The Story of Hong Kong
14:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Sammo Hung Ann Hui Patrick Tam Yuen Wo Ping Johnnie To Ringo Lam Tsui Hark | Mainland China/Hong Kong, China | Color | 111min | Fiction


Seven of Hong Kong’s most revered directors with distinctly unique styles come together for the first time to compose a symphony of stories for their city from the 50s to the future.

World Premiere
WHISPERS IN MAY Premiere & WOMEN FOR WOMEN · Panel
17:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Chen Dongnan | China | Color | Documentary Screening: 69min丨Panel: 60min | Documentary


World Premiere
Guanbu A Week
19:30
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Lu Xiaohao | China | Color | 71min | Fiction


Lin Yanting is a senior-three student who coasts through all her classes every day. She skips class to meet a good friend who works part-time, and plans to give up the college entrance examination to work with her. After booking a high-speed train to Guangzhou a week later, they begin their last week in the town together…

Asia Premiere
Parkland of Decay and Fantasy
19:30
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Zhu Chenliang | China | Color | 104min | Documentary


If at the moment of death, the last obsession in life will become the last thing to exist, and the quality of the soul will be transmitted to unknown dimensions in waves, like text messages sent from mobile phones; then the abandoned amusement park on an unknown island in China will receive the waves from different dimensions like a signal tower, creating a subtle resonance with its residents who still live a hard life.Looking only at the desolation today, it is hard to imagine that it was once a Xanadu for entertainment and consumption, or a paradise for underground art. It is a microcosm of society and a special case.

World Premiere
Long Live the Soul
14:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Yang Hao | China | Color | 85min | Documentary


In 2020, “short video + livestreaming” has become a new and hot trend in the e-commerce industry. In Yiwu City of Zhejiang Province, there were no top internet celebrities, but with the “9.9 yuan, free postage” offer model, countless grassroots from the bottom were suddenly attracted. Yiwu was then known as “the paradise for grassroots counterattacks”. Mr. Guan is a “grassroots director” who shoots short videos to sell products in Yiwu. “Besides showing you the source of the products, I will also introduce you to the spiritual world of the small characters in China through the products,” he said. Unlike the mainstream model and short-video shooting style of “9.9 yuan, free postage” in Yiwu, he had a dream of becoming “Stephen Chow of Tik Tok in China”. He was determined to show the spiritual world of the small characters in China through short videos. However, as time went on, his ideal blueprint became elusive after the invasion of capitalists. Being lost, he tried to find another way out. To pursue a spiritual world or monetize traffic and gain wealth, which will be his next step?

China Premiere
Virgin Blue
16:30
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Niu Xiaoyu | China | Color | 101min | Fiction


Since grandpa passed away, Yezi’s grandmother has been living alone at home. Her room is full of memories of the past, which have solidified into certain objects, animals, and people, and have their own lives. However, grandma seems to have lost her memory. If a person has lost their memory, time becomes completely meaningless to them. After her college graduation, Yezi returns home to spend her last summer vacation with her grandmother, who has been living alone ever since her grandfather passed away. The house is full of grandma’s memories that have gradually taken on actual forms in real life. Sometimes they appear as a cat, a plant, or as a total stranger, and sometimes they manifest themselves as her grandpa or even Yezi’s childhood self. Meanwhile, her grandma slowly slips into the abyss of amnesia and time begins to lose all meaning. Haunted by relentless memories, Yezi finds herself wandering among fragments of her family history, where she recollects a deserted childhood and revisits her own past. One night, everyone gathers by a flower fish pond for a grand farewell. It seems to be another one of grandma’s dreams. However, instead of waving goodbye to each other, all her loved ones decide to stay together.
China Premiere
One and Four
19:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Jigme Trinley | China | Color | 88min | Fiction


One day in the late 1990s, a blizzard is about to strike a forest on the Tibetan Plateau. There, three uninvited guests break into a forest ranger’s cabin. The ranger gets involved in a police case that involves tracking down poachers. Upon confronting the uninvited guests, the ranger can not determine the truth, and the whole incident becomes very complicated…

Woman-Demon-Human
14:00
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Huang Shuqin | China | Color | 108min | Fiction


In the 1950s in northern China, little Qiu Yun’s parents were both opera singers who performed together in THE WEDDING OF CHUNG KUEI’S SISTER. Qiu learnt how to play in secret. When Qiu was a young girl, she was found to be a born opera singer, but her father was worried that she would follow her mother’s path. Qiu’s father insisted that she had to leave this field, but Qiu said that she would continue at whatever cost. She soon became the backbone of the team.
As she got older, Qiu grew affection for her mentor, who was married. He was forced to leave for the sake of Qiu’s future.
When she became the mother of two children, Qiu was determined to return to the stage and play in THE WEDDING OF CHUNG KUEI’S SISTER again. Qiu finally became famous for her exquisite skills, but her success in career couldn’t harbor her unrevealed pain……

Raydio
16:30
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Zhan Kaidi | Taiwan, China | Color | 93min | Fiction


Ray, an obsessive gambler, works as a night-shift security guard in a department store. Desperate enough to borrow money from his ex-wife from time to time, the only one whom he could confide his inner sorrows to is a mannequin of a shop window. Meanwhile, his son, who works in a theater company, harbors a crush on his colleague, but she herself is in love with her foreigner boyfriend. No matter how hard he works at memorizing his lines, his love for the woman of his dreams remains unrequited. Both father and son are mutually-dependent on one another, yet each is also unable to resolve the other’s life dilemmas. Indeed, when they accompany each other, silently or otherwise, it is but a mere form of false support. Zhan Kaidi’s feature-length debut presents two generations’ desire to turn their lives around, both in terms of finances and in terms of communications with their loved ones. However, all they could really achieve is akin to going for a joyride on a car that they cannot afford.

Farewell, My Hometown
19:15
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Wang Erzhuo | China | Color | 86min | Fiction


In a village, a suffering grandmother heads toward the end of her life. In a modern city, a young girl has to leave her hometown and live on her own. In a small town, a middle-aged mother is living a peaceful life. They live in their own ways and have some memories from their pasts that they cannot let go of. She started to look back at those struggles between reality and ambition, love and hate. She had met many people who loved her, but all her relationships ended in sadness. The world is completely new to her and she still has a long way left to go, and an endless youth to spend.

This is a story about three generations of women from a Chinese family, recalling their experiences and the changes of time over 70 years.

Short Film Collection 1
14:00
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Fang Xitong Qu Siqin Li Jing Li Zexi Liu Yufei | / | / | 82min | Short Film Collection


The First Taste
It was a boring summer holiday, and Bao stayed at grandpa’s house. Once on the way back from grocery shopping, a sudden idea from grandpa aroused Bao’s excitement. They planned to secretly pick the osmanthus along the wayside. When they were caught stealing the flowers, she left grandpa and ran away alone. That night, grandpa came home with two bags of osmanthus, but she didn’t know how to face grandpa.

Drowning to Become Ophelia
The film tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who secretly dreams of putting on white pantyhose. He yearns for the apparent favoritism of his teacher, just like what his best friend, Xinyi, does. In the end, he discovers that being “favored” is not as glamorous as it seems.

The Secret of My Birth
Living in a tropical coastal town of Southern China, an 11-year-old girl hides her secret deep in her heart, just like the roaring waves hidden beneath the sea. After the introduction of the two-child policy, Lily, the only child in her family, suddenly discovers on her birthday that her parents are expecting a second baby without her knowledge. Moreover, with a privately tested gender identification, the baby is believed to be a boy. In the humid and cicadas-associated summer, a “vicious” idea makes its way into Lily’s mind, and she starts a plan to “kill her brother”…

The Morning Sun
It is an ordinary night for an ordinary family. The children who are afraid of the night seem to have grown up, and the parents who are busy making a living seem to be happier. Most of our lives are slowly made up of these inconspicuous little transitions.

How I Grew Up
There are many unobserved emotions in us. In this film, “I” has a feeling of fear of being doubted by others because of a cup of coffee that has not been thrown away. The whole film revolves around the observation of this emotion. By depicting four trivial events that happen when “I” is growing up, we trace the reasons for the formation of the emotion. Finally, “I” sees what the emotion exactly looks like.

Forever Young
16:45
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Huang Shuqin | China | Color | 94min | Fiction


The story takes place in a secondary school in Beijing in the early fifties. As the new school year begins, Zheng Bo runs into Tian Lin, a newspaper editor, and they recall the time when they carry out underground work together on the eve of the liberation of Beijing. After watching a Soviet film, Li Chun makes a fool of her classmate Wu Changfu, but soon is criticized by the teacher. Yang Qiangyun, inspired by her teacher, takes the initiative to help her classmate Suning, who comes from a family with old-minded parents. When she hears that Suning has gone into a church with Hu Mali to pray, she bursts into tears with anger. However, she is lost for words when she learns about Suning’s childhood misfortune……

Short Film Collection 2
19:30
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Huang Rongjun Yang Chenning Liu Ziyao Wang Zichen Cheng Yu | / | / | 79min | Short Film Collection


Mui
During a short trip, a young man faces his grandma’s non-stop nagging, and horrible memories emerge in his mind. The unhappy conjunction of the past and the present makes him suffer.

The Blessing
This is a story of a Chinese student studying abroad in the United States who cannot attend her mother’s wedding in China due to the pandemic, struggling to record a video to send her blessings.

The Way Winter Comes
This is a story about a solitary and wild boy with hearing disorder who lives in the village. On one of the dull days during his youth, he decided to sneak into someone’s house and steal, which led to his later encounters. On that very “ordinary” day, he felt extremely lonely than ever…

Daughter and Son
Dear degenerate sons and daughters, life takes good care of you and gives you a life of love.

Homones
In a family where the mother is absent, a teenage girl secretly takes birth control pills to cover up something. Her father is overprotective and always restrains his daughter like a cicada in a glass jar. Everyone is waiting for her to fly out, but she is forever framed by the controlling paternity. When emotion and love intertwine during the early summer, same-sex partners and childhood sweethearts come and go one after another. As the temperature rises and water vapor evaporates, what traces of youth have remained?

China Premiere
One and Four
20:30
Open-air

Director: Jigme Trinley | China | Color | 88min | Fiction


One day in the late 1990s, a blizzard is about to strike a forest on the Tibetan Plateau. There, three uninvited guests break into a forest ranger’s cabin. The ranger gets involved in a police case that involves tracking down poachers. Upon confronting the uninvited guests, the ranger can not determine the truth, and the whole incident becomes very complicated…

World Premiere
Summer Diary
13:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Wu Shuang | China | Color | 90min | Fiction


During a summer holiday, Xiaohai, who lives alone in the desert with his father, becomes sick of his monotonous lifestyle and decides to go into town to find his mother and finish his composition. However, the road into town is not very smooth and the traffic is a nightmare, making his hometown a forgotten place in the world. A strange encounter with Yuanyuan reveals Xiaohai’s sealed “identity”. The failed search for his mother drags him into a whirlpool of emotion that takes him toward his hometown. His unexpected experiences become a rich source of material for his composition which he entitles Summer Diary. In reality, he has never left the desert, but in the composition, the whole family embarks on a journey toward the sea. And in Xiaohai’s imagination, his father makes the desert hometown beautiful again with his years of perseverance and devotion.

World Premiere
Smartphone
15:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Xu Shen | China | Color | 70min | Fiction


This is a story of people and smartphones. The story takes place one night in a car. It is a monologue supported by an actor. After divorcing his wife, Lao Wu becomes an “online car hailing” driver in order to pass away the time. One night, he accidentally picks up a smartphone in his car. Unexpectedly, on his way to return the smartphone, it rings constantly. To find out who the real owner of the smartphone is, Lao Wu almost effortlessly uses his own smartphone’s “intelligence” to turn the smartphone owner into a transparent person without privacy. At the same time, during this process, he finally wakes up to the truth of his divorce.

World Premiere
Every Dog Has His Day
17:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Wang Heze | China | Color | 90min | Fiction


Xiao Xia is a laid-off worker from a tree farm who goes to a fortune-teller named Zhao, who is also one of her relatives, in an effort to turn her life around. On her way back home, Xiao Xia accidentally falls over. Her husband, Mantou says he’s just met a new friend and that his fortunes are looking up. In the middle of the night, Xiao Xia wakes up from her dreams. This carries on for several days. In her confusion, she goes to visit Zhao again and is told that she must become a fortune-teller. Damingbai recommends Piao to Xiao Xia, and asks if she can find his friend. She promises to do this and brings a huge roll of money. Mantou uses this money to invest in Xing’s training agency (pyramid scheme). Xiao Xia makes no progress and has to give the money back to Piao. Mantou is driven into a desperate situation after being detained and tortured by Xing, and desperately tries to escape. Xiao Xia hears someone knock at home, realizing that she was still lying in the snow…

World Premiere
Go Fishing
19:45
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Nan Xin | China | Color | 73min | Fiction


Li Wei, a middle-aged man living in a small town, meets Miaomiao after she walked into the wrong room during a dinner party. Miaomiao is an online friend that he has never met in over 10 years of knowing her. Originally, Li Wei just wanted to have a meal to celebrate their friendship, but Miaomiao invited her blind date to eat at the same dinner table. After this, Li Wei becomes immersed in an emotional entanglement.

World Premiere
Wild Ball
13:30
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Li Hongquan Ding Beichen | China | Color | 89min | Documentary


Lee Benson is a legendary basketball player in China, known as the “Basketball Kingin Prison” as he missed the NBA due to his imprisonment. He is known to be short-tempered and difficult to deal with, but that does not stop him from creating unbreakable records in the CBA games. After he retires from CBA, he starts to play self-organized basketball games, also known as ‘wild ball’, in the villages of China where the local bosses will pay lots of money to invite well-known players. By playing wild ball, Lee is able to earn 2–3 million yuan a year. However, as his skills deteriorate, the negative side of wild ball begins: the bosses stop paying him, and some agents scam his money. For his career, family, and dignity, is he going to roll the dice or go with the flow?

World Premiere
Vagrant Bebop
16:00
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Wang Xide | China | Color | 109min | Fiction


In the winter, space and time unfold in parallel in a small cafe. Seven men and women of different backgrounds meet and part from each other.

Short Film Collection A
14:15
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Amandine Meyer Zhang Dalei Maria Estela Paiso Robin Klengel Leonhard Müllner Michael Stumpf Olga Lucovnicova | / | / | 84min | Short Film Collection


Histoire pour 2 Trompettes
It begins with an argument. A river of tears bursts its banks and washes the heroine away into a surreal world where symbols, references and personal experiences dance together. A baby learns to play the flute from a goose before becoming a girl and using the flute to drink up the river and swallow her teacher, the goose. A bone remains with which she draws herself a belly that gives birth to little creatures that suckle, swim, scream and explode and do all the other things that new-born babies do. In a pastel-coloured frenzy, the filmmaker traces the development from being an infant to an adult woman and artist.

Day Is Done
Following the story in the movie THE SUMMER IS GONE, Xiao Lei has grown up. In an afternoon before he sets off to study abroad, Xiao Lei brings his work to visit his grandfather. His mother is still busy as a beaver and she is now napping on the sofa after lunch. Watermelon, apricot trees, photo albums, in a sunny summer afternoon, the courtyard of grandfather’s house seems not to be here but at another time and space. The wind in the courtyard has the magic to immerse people in memories, making it more difficult to learn how to say farewell.
The film won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival.

Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol
The world is about to end. Maya is forced to go home to her hometown. There, she must confront a house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside.

How to Disappear
“How to Disappear” is an anti-war movie in the true sense of the word, searching for possibilities for peace in the most unlikely place of an online war game. It’s a tribute to disobedience and desertion – in both digital and physical-real warfare.
Shot in the picturesque war landscapes of “Battlefield V”, the hyperreal graphics become the backdrop for an essay-like narrative. The film revolves around the history of deserters – a part of human history, which has hardly been illuminated. Performances and creative interventions explore the scopes and limits of the audiovisual entertainment machine.

Nanu Tudor
After 20 years of silence, Olga travels back to the house of her great-grandparents, where she spent her childhood. The long-awaited family reunion interferes with her attempts to overcome her childhood fears and confront her uncle, who hid his double personality for decades.

Short Film Collection B
19:15
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Edgar Jorge Baralt Sasha Svirsky Meltse Van Coillie Evgenia Arbugaeva Maxim Arbugaev Bárbara Wagner Benjamin de Burca | / | / | 87min | Short Film Collection


Ventana
A retrieved picture of a window elicits memories and the impulse to recreate a lost site. By this same window, an eight-year-old child feels the cold air on his face and imagines the future. Filmed in Los Angeles during the late summer of 2020, as COVID-19 cases were surging and residents were advised to stay home. The act of filmmaking became a means to travel back and forth, if not to places then in time.

Vadim na progulke
Finally, Vadim leaves the constrained, square space in which he has always been sitting. He embraces the brave new world and his new life. All hesitation, all understanding – animated.

Zonder Meer
A campsite in the summer holidays, aimless days spent in the shade of trees. Sunlight is glittering on the lake, but nobody is allowed to swim here. A boy has disappeared and may have drowned. Five-year-old Lucie is trying to understand what is going on around her. How long can you hold your breath?

Haulout
On a remote coast of the Siberian Arctic in a wind-battered hut, a lonely man waits to witness an ancient gathering. But warming seas and rising temperatures bring an unexpected change, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed.

One Hundred Steps
The eighth film work by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca references the oeuvre of Bob Quinn, Irish filmmaker whose productions in the 1980’s were dedicated to deconstructing the hegemonic Eurocentric imaginary and elaborating on the role that North African cultures played in the formation of Irish culture. Through an anticolonialist approach, Quinn’s work (Atlantean) remains an important historical document which is more relevant nowadays than ever.
The film invites the viewer to enter two distinct and seemingly mirrored chapters: the first is set in a sumptuous 17th century Anglo-Irish colonial manor located in the South of Ireland, and the second in a 19th century stately mansion built by a bourgeois French family, located in the center of Marseille, in the South of France. Each of these houses carries the weighted atmosphere of its privilege in their architecture and décor – a history now preserved, as both have become museums open to the public.

Jiao Yulu
20:30
Open-air

Director: Wang Jixing | China | Color | 100min | Fiction


In the winter of 1962, Jiao Yulu was sent to Lankao County in Henan Province to be the second secretary of the County Party Committee. Soon after, based on his own thorough investigation, he came up with a plan to deal with the local environmental issues. However, his working methods which emphasize direct connection with the people led to the discontent of the county mayor, Wu Rongxian.
After he was promoted to county Party secretary, Jiao Yulu insisted on working on the front line almost every day, despite the frequent swelling and pain in his liver. He was loved by the people. Later, when Lankao was stricken by a huge flood, Jiao Yulu insisted on going to the front line regardless of his deteriorating health conditions.

World Premiere
A Wolf on Watch
13:30
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Dasung | China | Color&B&W | 103min | Fiction


Wang Wei, a university undergraduate and company trainee preparing for a business trip, is illegally detained by a neighbor couple with a gangster. After a night of wrangling, Wang Wei finally escapes the control of the outlaws and regains his freedom.

World Premiere
Trashy Boy
16:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Zheng Yifei | China | Color | 97min | Documentary


Big Sponge is a young man living in a small town in western China who long ago left school and his parents, and struck out on his own. He wanders the streets, aimlessly getting through one long night after another. When he has a good mood, he will simply sing songs he likes. He lives a free but lonely life. Big Sponge loves rap music and he has great musical talent. He spreads his joys and disappointments in his music, but reality does not allow him to live a unique and successful life. He fell in love with a girl on the Internet, but she rejected him for being obese. His wandering life is finally out of control. Later, he was involved in a theft and got into a lawsuit. The pressure from the court case and the difficulties in life made it impossible for him to bear his current life any longer. In order to win a chance for his life, he begins to make some changes.

World Premiere
Growing Apart
19:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Long Lingyun | China | Color | 90min | Fiction


18-year old Cheng Fei has been raised by his father and grandmother instead of his mother ever since he was a child. He is a rebellious youth who is very fond of skateboarding, and is determined to become a professional skateboarder. However, his father Cheng Jianguo can not accept that. In the summer of 2007, he finds a missing person notice in his father’s room. The person in the notice is his online friend “Swallowtail Butterfly”, He Sheng, whom had gone missing two years ago. He disguises himself and moves in with He Sheng’s mother. He later discovers the complicated relationship between the mother and daughter who live with him.
The mysterious disappearance of his half-blood sister, her eccentric mother, and the deeply hidden secrets that Cheng Fei’s father kept from him shatter Cheng Fei’s peaceful life in a series of dramatic events. In the fog of the two families’ pasts, he gradually approaches the dusty truth that has accumulated over many years…

World Premiere
Hei Qi
13:30
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Zhang Ping | China | Color&B&W | 101min | Documentary


My parents live in a mountain village, whose name is like a spell and is unknown to the outsiders. Here, my father is walking towards the end of his life. The shadow of death shows another aspect of life. The dead family members reunite with the living ones. When death comes, the body as a container gradually opens, and the gate of a synesthesia world opens.

World Premiere
The Great Distance Delivers Crane
16:15
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Lhapal Gya | China | Color&B&W | 90min | Fiction


This is a story of a Tibetan teenager seeking a habitat for a wounded black-necked crane and a home of his own inner heart.

Gaey Wa'r
19:00
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Na Jiazuo | China | Color | 96min | Fiction


Dongzi, a young guy from a small-town, becomes the henchmen of a debt-collector, Xi Jun, in an attempt to pay off his sick father’s hospital bills. The film features a cold and estranged parent-child relationship, an unsettling life on the streets, and an ambiguous relationship with a young woman. In Dongzi’s shoes, this is what it is like to be 21.

Short Film Collection 3
14:00
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Xie Chenglin Tang Lihao Xu Tianlin Lan Tian Tang Peiyan Li Yue | / | / | 82min | Short Film Collection


Meal on the Plate
Somewhere in the world, people start to turn into their favorite food. They grow fish tails, pig noses, as well as cow and goat horns. It is true that you are what you eat. The arrival of a newcomer seems to bring some changes, but things start to get out of control.

A Dog under Bridge
In a humorous way, the film is presented from the point of view of the “dog” to portray the resignation of “me” seeing the conflicts between humans and life.

The Thing with Feathers
An Iranian-Afghan family’s life in Germany can be solely seen through their hands. Iranian doctor Maryam came with her family to Germany for asylum two years ago. She sticks to a strict daily studying routine, hoping to return to her medical career, while her husband Hossain takes care of their baby at home. On this day, Hossain has a job interview at a photo studio, and Maryam, who has to look after her child by herself, has to reschedule her day.

Southern Afternoon
Saramu, a Uyghur father living in Southern China, accidentally discovers that his 14-year-old elder daughter has possibly received a love letter. Desperate to resolve his doubt but unable to read Chinese mandarin, Saramu can only ask his younger daughter for help to read him the letter.

A Passing Cloud
While working as a rideshare driver to support her family, Zhao Mei gives a lift to a high school student, Yu Yiyi. On the way to their destination, they talk to each other like they know one another. They are neither mother and daughter, nor passenger and driver. The relationship between the two ladies is gradually revealed during this journey…

I Have No Legs, and I Must Run
This is a short story about a short-distance runner. With track running as the starting point, he spends his youth running. He is like a tireless machine, running back and forth on the sports track. He has the same dream as other athletes, wishing to run faster, searching for his limits, and pursuing the impossible. However, as time goes by, his body is unable to support his profession.  After years and months of high-intensity training for years, his legs get hurt, and he might not be able to participate in short-distance running races anymore. 
At that time, a high-spirited and vigorous freshman joins the team, reminding him of himself many years ago. The freshman is so athletic and vigorous that he even claims to break the hero’s short-distance running record. With regret intertwined with agony, the hero loses direction in life and even hallucinates his appearance as a “pig”.
If he cannot run anymore, where will his journey take him next? Eventually, reality forces him to make choices and compromise. In the end, he chooses to enter the workforce and becomes an ordinary person, just like everyone else.

Short Film Collection 4
17:00
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Shui Yuan Zhou Shengwai Chen Lianhua Shu Hui Sha Mo Lu Xiaomeng | / | / | 82min | Short Film Collection


Broken Potato
With booms coming one after another, several large holes suddenly appeared in the town. No one knew what the holes were and where they came from. Curiosity seekers were swarming all over the town, and everyone tried to take advantage of these holes to do what they wanted all the time.

Perfect City: The Mother
This is a story about the perfect universe. Lured by Perfect Spray, a wood mother tries to carve her root baby into a human doll.

The Loach
A woman is crying out for help from two men, with a child in her arms. But what comes next is mixed with good omen and misfortune, as well as felicity and fatality.

The Spring Breeze Kisses Me
When Yanan, who majors in screenwriting and directing, is lost for his final year project, he returns to his hometown, where his family runs a food store near manufacturing factories and middle schools. His original plan is to shoot a documentary about the life of the less-privileged youngsters in a small town. However, as his project goes on, he finds something unusual about a girl who works for his family. The ulterior yearning deep in his heart begins to unfold…

Kids of Paradise
The forgotten kids of paradise stage a crazy noir fable.

Déjà Rêvé
This is a story about a medieval nobleman lost in the woods and out of water, deciding to ask a peasant passing by for some water to quench his thirst.

Stand Straight, Don'T Bend Over
20:30
Open-air

Director: Huang Jianxin | China | Color | 112min | Fiction


When Gao Wen, a writer, moves into his new home, where he encounters a tough neighbour, Zhang Yongwu. Before him, Zhang and his wife had driven out four neighbours for various disputes. No one dares to confront him in the apartment. When Zhang found out Gao’s occupation, Zhang was quite polite to the Gao’s family, but he still held grudges with Cadre Liu next door for his dog.
Soon after, Zhang Yongwu quit his job to start a lobster business and life became much easier for him. Suspecting that he was engaged in illegal hooks, Cadre Liu sent his daughter to Zhang’s family to investigate in the name of looking for a job. As time goes by, Zhang’s business expanded and Cadre Liu also made a fortune with Zhang Yongwu, his former rival. Gao Wen witnessed it all, and couldn’t stay out of it ……

Farewell, My Hometown
13:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Wang Erzhuo | China | Color | 86min | Fiction


In a village, a suffering grandmother heads toward the end of her life. In a modern city, a young girl has to leave her hometown and live on her own. In a small town, a middle-aged mother is living a peaceful life. They live in their own ways and have some memories from their pasts that they cannot let go of. She started to look back at those struggles between reality and ambition, love and hate. She had met many people who loved her, but all her relationships ended in sadness. The world is completely new to her and she still has a long way left to go, and an endless youth to spend.

This is a story about three generations of women from a Chinese family, recalling their experiences and the changes of time over 70 years.

Asia Premiere
Parkland of Decay and Fantasy
16:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Zhu Chenliang | China | Color | 104min | Documentary


If at the moment of death, the last obsession in life will become the last thing to exist, and the quality of the soul will be transmitted to unknown dimensions in waves, like text messages sent from mobile phones; then the abandoned amusement park on an unknown island in China will receive the waves from different dimensions like a signal tower, creating a subtle resonance with its residents who still live a hard life.Looking only at the desolation today, it is hard to imagine that it was once a Xanadu for entertainment and consumption, or a paradise for underground art. It is a microcosm of society and a special case.

World Premiere
Go Fishing
19:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Nan Xin | China | Color | 73min | Fiction


Li Wei, a middle-aged man living in a small town, meets Miaomiao after she walked into the wrong room during a dinner party. Miaomiao is an online friend that he has never met in over 10 years of knowing her. Originally, Li Wei just wanted to have a meal to celebrate their friendship, but Miaomiao invited her blind date to eat at the same dinner table. After this, Li Wei becomes immersed in an emotional entanglement.

Short Film Collection A
13:15
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Amandine Meyer Zhang Dalei Maria Estela Paiso Robin Klengel Leonhard Müllner Michael Stumpf Olga Lucovnicova | / | / | 84min | Short Film Collection


Histoire pour 2 Trompettes
It begins with an argument. A river of tears bursts its banks and washes the heroine away into a surreal world where symbols, references and personal experiences dance together. A baby learns to play the flute from a goose before becoming a girl and using the flute to drink up the river and swallow her teacher, the goose. A bone remains with which she draws herself a belly that gives birth to little creatures that suckle, swim, scream and explode and do all the other things that new-born babies do. In a pastel-coloured frenzy, the filmmaker traces the development from being an infant to an adult woman and artist.

Day Is Done
Following the story in the movie THE SUMMER IS GONE, Xiao Lei has grown up. In an afternoon before he sets off to study abroad, Xiao Lei brings his work to visit his grandfather. His mother is still busy as a beaver and she is now napping on the sofa after lunch. Watermelon, apricot trees, photo albums, in a sunny summer afternoon, the courtyard of grandfather’s house seems not to be here but at another time and space. The wind in the courtyard has the magic to immerse people in memories, making it more difficult to learn how to say farewell.
The film won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival.

Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol
The world is about to end. Maya is forced to go home to her hometown. There, she must confront a house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside.

How to Disappear
“How to Disappear” is an anti-war movie in the true sense of the word, searching for possibilities for peace in the most unlikely place of an online war game. It’s a tribute to disobedience and desertion – in both digital and physical-real warfare.
Shot in the picturesque war landscapes of “Battlefield V”, the hyperreal graphics become the backdrop for an essay-like narrative. The film revolves around the history of deserters – a part of human history, which has hardly been illuminated. Performances and creative interventions explore the scopes and limits of the audiovisual entertainment machine.

Nanu Tudor
After 20 years of silence, Olga travels back to the house of her great-grandparents, where she spent her childhood. The long-awaited family reunion interferes with her attempts to overcome her childhood fears and confront her uncle, who hid his double personality for decades.

Raydio
16:15
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Zhan Kaidi | Taiwan, China | Color | 93min | Fiction


Ray, an obsessive gambler, works as a night-shift security guard in a department store. Desperate enough to borrow money from his ex-wife from time to time, the only one whom he could confide his inner sorrows to is a mannequin of a shop window. Meanwhile, his son, who works in a theater company, harbors a crush on his colleague, but she herself is in love with her foreigner boyfriend. No matter how hard he works at memorizing his lines, his love for the woman of his dreams remains unrequited. Both father and son are mutually-dependent on one another, yet each is also unable to resolve the other’s life dilemmas. Indeed, when they accompany each other, silently or otherwise, it is but a mere form of false support. Zhan Kaidi’s feature-length debut presents two generations’ desire to turn their lives around, both in terms of finances and in terms of communications with their loved ones. However, all they could really achieve is akin to going for a joyride on a car that they cannot afford.

World Premiere
Summer Diary
19:45
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Wu Shuang | China | Color | 90min | Fiction


During a summer holiday, Xiaohai, who lives alone in the desert with his father, becomes sick of his monotonous lifestyle and decides to go into town to find his mother and finish his composition. However, the road into town is not very smooth and the traffic is a nightmare, making his hometown a forgotten place in the world. A strange encounter with Yuanyuan reveals Xiaohai’s sealed “identity”. The failed search for his mother drags him into a whirlpool of emotion that takes him toward his hometown. His unexpected experiences become a rich source of material for his composition which he entitles Summer Diary. In reality, he has never left the desert, but in the composition, the whole family embarks on a journey toward the sea. And in Xiaohai’s imagination, his father makes the desert hometown beautiful again with his years of perseverance and devotion.

Sacrificed Youth
14:15
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Zhang Nuanxin | China | Color | 96min | Fiction


When Li Chun, a young intellectual woman, first arrived at Dai, she could not fit in with anyone else. The beautiful girl in the village often mocked her for this. During a fair, Li Chun met Ren Jia and became close. At a dinner party to celebrate the harvest, Li Chun realised that her elder brother was in love with her, but she could not accept his love just because she was not a real Dai. In the end, she had to leave and finally became a teacher of a primary school in the mountains. Years later, Li Chun returned to the city to go to university, at the same time Ren Jia and the villagers died in a mudslide.

Short Film Collection 1
17:15
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Fang Xitong Qu Siqin Li Jing Li Zexi Liu Yufei | / | / | 82min | Short Film Collection


The First Taste
It was a boring summer holiday, and Bao stayed at grandpa’s house. Once on the way back from grocery shopping, a sudden idea from grandpa aroused Bao’s excitement. They planned to secretly pick the osmanthus along the wayside. When they were caught stealing the flowers, she left grandpa and ran away alone. That night, grandpa came home with two bags of osmanthus, but she didn’t know how to face grandpa.

Drowning to Become Ophelia
The film tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who secretly dreams of putting on white pantyhose. He yearns for the apparent favoritism of his teacher, just like what his best friend, Xinyi, does. In the end, he discovers that being “favored” is not as glamorous as it seems.

The Secret of My Birth
Living in a tropical coastal town of Southern China, an 11-year-old girl hides her secret deep in her heart, just like the roaring waves hidden beneath the sea. After the introduction of the two-child policy, Lily, the only child in her family, suddenly discovers on her birthday that her parents are expecting a second baby without her knowledge. Moreover, with a privately tested gender identification, the baby is believed to be a boy. In the humid and cicadas-associated summer, a “vicious” idea makes its way into Lily’s mind, and she starts a plan to “kill her brother”…

The Morning Sun
It is an ordinary night for an ordinary family. The children who are afraid of the night seem to have grown up, and the parents who are busy making a living seem to be happier. Most of our lives are slowly made up of these inconspicuous little transitions.

How I Grew Up
There are many unobserved emotions in us. In this film, “I” has a feeling of fear of being doubted by others because of a cup of coffee that has not been thrown away. The whole film revolves around the observation of this emotion. By depicting four trivial events that happen when “I” is growing up, we trace the reasons for the formation of the emotion. Finally, “I” sees what the emotion exactly looks like.

The Grandmaster
20:30
Open-air

Director: WONG Kar Wai | China | Color | 130min | Fiction


It begins as the story of Ip Man, the legendary teacher of Bruce Lee and a master of the Wing Chun school of kungfu.
In 1936, China is experiencing political turbulence and the threat of division. Grandmaster Gong Baosen, the leader of the martial arts world of Northern China, arrives in Foshan. He had been to Foshan previously to initiate exchanges between the martial artists of the North and those of the South but this time he has come at the invitation of the Southern masters to hold a ceremony to celebrate his impending retirement. Master Gong’s daughter Gong Er also arrives in Foshan to witness her father step down. It is here where she encounters Ip Man.
Meanwhile, the ongoing Japanese occupation of the Northeast sets the stage for a betrayal that will shake Master Gong’s world. It will also cause Gong Er to make a decision that will change the course of her life……

World Premiere
Hei Qi
13:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Zhang Ping | China | Color&B&W | 101min | Documentary


My parents live in a mountain village, whose name is like a spell and is unknown to the outsiders. Here, my father is walking towards the end of his life. The shadow of death shows another aspect of life. The dead family members reunite with the living ones. When death comes, the body as a container gradually opens, and the gate of a synesthesia world opens.

Gaey Wa'r
15:30
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Na Jiazuo | China | Color | 96min | Fiction


Dongzi, a young guy from a small-town, becomes the henchmen of a debt-collector, Xi Jun, in an attempt to pay off his sick father’s hospital bills. The film features a cold and estranged parent-child relationship, an unsettling life on the streets, and an ambiguous relationship with a young woman. In Dongzi’s shoes, this is what it is like to be 21.

First Short Short Film Premiere
19:30
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: | | / | 120min | /


World Premiere
Summer Diary
13:15
Oscar International Cinema 5

Director: Wu Shuang | China | Color | 90min | Fiction


During a summer holiday, Xiaohai, who lives alone in the desert with his father, becomes sick of his monotonous lifestyle and decides to go into town to find his mother and finish his composition. However, the road into town is not very smooth and the traffic is a nightmare, making his hometown a forgotten place in the world. A strange encounter with Yuanyuan reveals Xiaohai’s sealed “identity”. The failed search for his mother drags him into a whirlpool of emotion that takes him toward his hometown. His unexpected experiences become a rich source of material for his composition which he entitles Summer Diary. In reality, he has never left the desert, but in the composition, the whole family embarks on a journey toward the sea. And in Xiaohai’s imagination, his father makes the desert hometown beautiful again with his years of perseverance and devotion.

China Premiere
Virgin Blue
16:00
Oscar International Cinema 5

Director: Niu Xiaoyu | China | Color | 101min | Fiction


Since grandpa passed away, Yezi’s grandmother has been living alone at home. Her room is full of memories of the past, which have solidified into certain objects, animals, and people, and have their own lives. However, grandma seems to have lost her memory. If a person has lost their memory, time becomes completely meaningless to them. After her college graduation, Yezi returns home to spend her last summer vacation with her grandmother, who has been living alone ever since her grandfather passed away. The house is full of grandma’s memories that have gradually taken on actual forms in real life. Sometimes they appear as a cat, a plant, or as a total stranger, and sometimes they manifest themselves as her grandpa or even Yezi’s childhood self. Meanwhile, her grandma slowly slips into the abyss of amnesia and time begins to lose all meaning. Haunted by relentless memories, Yezi finds herself wandering among fragments of her family history, where she recollects a deserted childhood and revisits her own past. One night, everyone gathers by a flower fish pond for a grand farewell. It seems to be another one of grandma’s dreams. However, instead of waving goodbye to each other, all her loved ones decide to stay together.
World Premiere
Vagrant Bebop
13:00
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Wang Xide | China | Color | 109min | Fiction


In the winter, space and time unfold in parallel in a small cafe. Seven men and women of different backgrounds meet and part from each other.

Short Film Collection B
15:15
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Edgar Jorge Baralt Sasha Svirsky Meltse Van Coillie Evgenia Arbugaeva Maxim Arbugaev Bárbara Wagner Benjamin de Burca | / | / | 87min | Short Film Collection


Ventana
A retrieved picture of a window elicits memories and the impulse to recreate a lost site. By this same window, an eight-year-old child feels the cold air on his face and imagines the future. Filmed in Los Angeles during the late summer of 2020, as COVID-19 cases were surging and residents were advised to stay home. The act of filmmaking became a means to travel back and forth, if not to places then in time.

Vadim na progulke
Finally, Vadim leaves the constrained, square space in which he has always been sitting. He embraces the brave new world and his new life. All hesitation, all understanding – animated.

Zonder Meer
A campsite in the summer holidays, aimless days spent in the shade of trees. Sunlight is glittering on the lake, but nobody is allowed to swim here. A boy has disappeared and may have drowned. Five-year-old Lucie is trying to understand what is going on around her. How long can you hold your breath?

Haulout
On a remote coast of the Siberian Arctic in a wind-battered hut, a lonely man waits to witness an ancient gathering. But warming seas and rising temperatures bring an unexpected change, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed.

One Hundred Steps
The eighth film work by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca references the oeuvre of Bob Quinn, Irish filmmaker whose productions in the 1980’s were dedicated to deconstructing the hegemonic Eurocentric imaginary and elaborating on the role that North African cultures played in the formation of Irish culture. Through an anticolonialist approach, Quinn’s work (Atlantean) remains an important historical document which is more relevant nowadays than ever.
The film invites the viewer to enter two distinct and seemingly mirrored chapters: the first is set in a sumptuous 17th century Anglo-Irish colonial manor located in the South of Ireland, and the second in a 19th century stately mansion built by a bourgeois French family, located in the center of Marseille, in the South of France. Each of these houses carries the weighted atmosphere of its privilege in their architecture and décor – a history now preserved, as both have become museums open to the public.

World Premiere
Smartphone
17:30
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Xu Shen | China | Color | 70min | Fiction


This is a story of people and smartphones. The story takes place one night in a car. It is a monologue supported by an actor. After divorcing his wife, Lao Wu becomes an “online car hailing” driver in order to pass away the time. One night, he accidentally picks up a smartphone in his car. Unexpectedly, on his way to return the smartphone, it rings constantly. To find out who the real owner of the smartphone is, Lao Wu almost effortlessly uses his own smartphone’s “intelligence” to turn the smartphone owner into a transparent person without privacy. At the same time, during this process, he finally wakes up to the truth of his divorce.

World Premiere
Guanbu A Week
19:15
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Lu Xiaohao | China | Color | 71min | Fiction


Lin Yanting is a senior-three student who coasts through all her classes every day. She skips class to meet a good friend who works part-time, and plans to give up the college entrance examination to work with her. After booking a high-speed train to Guangzhou a week later, they begin their last week in the town together…

Short Film Collection 2
17:00
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Huang Rongjun Yang Chenning Liu Ziyao Wang Zichen Cheng Yu | / | / | 79min | Short Film Collection


Mui
During a short trip, a young man faces his grandma’s non-stop nagging, and horrible memories emerge in his mind. The unhappy conjunction of the past and the present makes him suffer.

The Blessing
This is a story of a Chinese student studying abroad in the United States who cannot attend her mother’s wedding in China due to the pandemic, struggling to record a video to send her blessings.

The Way Winter Comes
This is a story about a solitary and wild boy with hearing disorder who lives in the village. On one of the dull days during his youth, he decided to sneak into someone’s house and steal, which led to his later encounters. On that very “ordinary” day, he felt extremely lonely than ever…

Daughter and Son
Dear degenerate sons and daughters, life takes good care of you and gives you a life of love.

Homones
In a family where the mother is absent, a teenage girl secretly takes birth control pills to cover up something. Her father is overprotective and always restrains his daughter like a cicada in a glass jar. Everyone is waiting for her to fly out, but she is forever framed by the controlling paternity. When emotion and love intertwine during the early summer, same-sex partners and childhood sweethearts come and go one after another. As the temperature rises and water vapor evaporates, what traces of youth have remained?

The Birth of New China
20:30
Open-air

Director: Xiao Guiyun Li Qiankuan | China | Color | 171min | Fiction


The victory in Liao-Shen, Huaihai, and Ping-Tsin caused Chiang to falter and then make a speech that introduced a puppet president, directing a scandalous drama of false retreat and real manipulation. On 21 January 1949, Chiang Kai-shek hosted a high-level military meeting at Xikou in a vain attempt to prevent the PLA from crossing the Yangtze River. In April, Mao Zedong and Zhu De issued the order to march across the country. The People’s Liberation Army captured the presidential palace and triumphantly liberated Nanjing, followed by Chiang Kai Shek’s escape to Taiwan and the liberation of most of the country one after another. The birth of new China is imminent…

World Premiere
Trashy Boy
14:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Zheng Yifei | China | Color | 97min | Documentary


Big Sponge is a young man living in a small town in western China who long ago left school and his parents, and struck out on his own. He wanders the streets, aimlessly getting through one long night after another. When he has a good mood, he will simply sing songs he likes. He lives a free but lonely life. Big Sponge loves rap music and he has great musical talent. He spreads his joys and disappointments in his music, but reality does not allow him to live a unique and successful life. He fell in love with a girl on the Internet, but she rejected him for being obese. His wandering life is finally out of control. Later, he was involved in a theft and got into a lawsuit. The pressure from the court case and the difficulties in life made it impossible for him to bear his current life any longer. In order to win a chance for his life, he begins to make some changes.

China Premiere
Virgin Blue
16:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Niu Xiaoyu | China | Color | 101min | Fiction


Since grandpa passed away, Yezi’s grandmother has been living alone at home. Her room is full of memories of the past, which have solidified into certain objects, animals, and people, and have their own lives. However, grandma seems to have lost her memory. If a person has lost their memory, time becomes completely meaningless to them. After her college graduation, Yezi returns home to spend her last summer vacation with her grandmother, who has been living alone ever since her grandfather passed away. The house is full of grandma’s memories that have gradually taken on actual forms in real life. Sometimes they appear as a cat, a plant, or as a total stranger, and sometimes they manifest themselves as her grandpa or even Yezi’s childhood self. Meanwhile, her grandma slowly slips into the abyss of amnesia and time begins to lose all meaning. Haunted by relentless memories, Yezi finds herself wandering among fragments of her family history, where she recollects a deserted childhood and revisits her own past. One night, everyone gathers by a flower fish pond for a grand farewell. It seems to be another one of grandma’s dreams. However, instead of waving goodbye to each other, all her loved ones decide to stay together.
World Premiere
Training Camp World Premiere
20:40
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: | China | Color | 90min | Narrative


World Premiere
Guanbu A Week
14:00
Oscar International Cinema 5

Director: Lu Xiaohao | China | Color | 71min | Fiction


Lin Yanting is a senior-three student who coasts through all her classes every day. She skips class to meet a good friend who works part-time, and plans to give up the college entrance examination to work with her. After booking a high-speed train to Guangzhou a week later, they begin their last week in the town together…

Farewell, My Hometown
16:15
Oscar International Cinema 5

Director: Wang Erzhuo | China | Color | 86min | Fiction


In a village, a suffering grandmother heads toward the end of her life. In a modern city, a young girl has to leave her hometown and live on her own. In a small town, a middle-aged mother is living a peaceful life. They live in their own ways and have some memories from their pasts that they cannot let go of. She started to look back at those struggles between reality and ambition, love and hate. She had met many people who loved her, but all her relationships ended in sadness. The world is completely new to her and she still has a long way left to go, and an endless youth to spend.

This is a story about three generations of women from a Chinese family, recalling their experiences and the changes of time over 70 years.

Every Dog Has His Day
14:00
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Wang Heze | China | Color | 90min | Comedy / Family / Fantasy


Xiao Xia, a laid-off worker from the tree farm, waited for a better life. She visited the fortune-teller Zhao, who is also a relative of her. Xiao Xia accidentally fell on the way back. Her husband Man Tou told her his fortune was about to turn better by his new friend, but Xiao Xia started awakened from dreams. She visited Zhao again and was told that she must become a Fortune-teller. Da Mingbai recommended Piao to Xiao Xia and asked if she could find his friend. She promised and been prepaid a barrel of money, but Man Tou wanted to invest this money in Xing’s training agency (pyramid scheme). Xiao Xia made no progress, and she had to give the money back to Piao. Man Tou was driven desperate, detained and tortured by Xing. He was trying to escape. Xiao Xia heard someone knock at home and realized she was still lying in the snow.

World Premiere
Long Live the Soul
16:30
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Yang Hao | China | Color | 85min | Documentary


In 2020, “short video + livestreaming” has become a new and hot trend in the e-commerce industry. In Yiwu City of Zhejiang Province, there were no top internet celebrities, but with the “9.9 yuan, free postage” offer model, countless grassroots from the bottom were suddenly attracted. Yiwu was then known as “the paradise for grassroots counterattacks”. Mr. Guan is a “grassroots director” who shoots short videos to sell products in Yiwu. “Besides showing you the source of the products, I will also introduce you to the spiritual world of the small characters in China through the products,” he said. Unlike the mainstream model and short-video shooting style of “9.9 yuan, free postage” in Yiwu, he had a dream of becoming “Stephen Chow of Tik Tok in China”. He was determined to show the spiritual world of the small characters in China through short videos. However, as time went on, his ideal blueprint became elusive after the invasion of capitalists. Being lost, he tried to find another way out. To pursue a spiritual world or monetize traffic and gain wealth, which will be his next step?

World Premiere
A Wolf on Watch
19:30
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Dasung | China | Color&B&W | 103min | Fiction


Wang Wei, a university undergraduate and company trainee preparing for a business trip, is illegally detained by a neighbor couple with a gangster. After a night of wrangling, Wang Wei finally escapes the control of the outlaws and regains his freedom.

Short Film Collection 4
17:00
Wanda Cinema 6

Director: Shui Yuan Zhou Shengwai Chen Lianhua Shu Hui Sha Mo Lu Xiaomeng | / | / | 82min | Short Film Collection


Broken Potato
With booms coming one after another, several large holes suddenly appeared in the town. No one knew what the holes were and where they came from. Curiosity seekers were swarming all over the town, and everyone tried to take advantage of these holes to do what they wanted all the time.

Perfect City: The Mother
This is a story about the perfect universe. Lured by Perfect Spray, a wood mother tries to carve her root baby into a human doll.

The Loach
A woman is crying out for help from two men, with a child in her arms. But what comes next is mixed with good omen and misfortune, as well as felicity and fatality.

The Spring Breeze Kisses Me
When Yanan, who majors in screenwriting and directing, is lost for his final year project, he returns to his hometown, where his family runs a food store near manufacturing factories and middle schools. His original plan is to shoot a documentary about the life of the less-privileged youngsters in a small town. However, as his project goes on, he finds something unusual about a girl who works for his family. The ulterior yearning deep in his heart begins to unfold…

Kids of Paradise
The forgotten kids of paradise stage a crazy noir fable.

Déjà Rêvé
This is a story about a medieval nobleman lost in the woods and out of water, deciding to ask a peasant passing by for some water to quench his thirst.

First Short Short Film Screening
20:30
Open-air

Director: | | / | 120min | /


World Premiere
Wild Ball
13:45
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Li Hongquan Ding Beichen | China | Color | 89min | Documentary


Lee Benson is a legendary basketball player in China, known as the “Basketball Kingin Prison” as he missed the NBA due to his imprisonment. He is known to be short-tempered and difficult to deal with, but that does not stop him from creating unbreakable records in the CBA games. After he retires from CBA, he starts to play self-organized basketball games, also known as ‘wild ball’, in the villages of China where the local bosses will pay lots of money to invite well-known players. By playing wild ball, Lee is able to earn 2–3 million yuan a year. However, as his skills deteriorate, the negative side of wild ball begins: the bosses stop paying him, and some agents scam his money. For his career, family, and dignity, is he going to roll the dice or go with the flow?

Short Film Collection 3
16:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Xie Chenglin Tang Lihao Xu Tianlin Lan Tian Tang Peiyan Li Yue | / | / | 82min | Short Film Collection


Meal on the Plate
Somewhere in the world, people start to turn into their favorite food. They grow fish tails, pig noses, as well as cow and goat horns. It is true that you are what you eat. The arrival of a newcomer seems to bring some changes, but things start to get out of control.

A Dog under Bridge
In a humorous way, the film is presented from the point of view of the “dog” to portray the resignation of “me” seeing the conflicts between humans and life.

The Thing with Feathers
An Iranian-Afghan family’s life in Germany can be solely seen through their hands. Iranian doctor Maryam came with her family to Germany for asylum two years ago. She sticks to a strict daily studying routine, hoping to return to her medical career, while her husband Hossain takes care of their baby at home. On this day, Hossain has a job interview at a photo studio, and Maryam, who has to look after her child by herself, has to reschedule her day.

Southern Afternoon
Saramu, a Uyghur father living in Southern China, accidentally discovers that his 14-year-old elder daughter has possibly received a love letter. Desperate to resolve his doubt but unable to read Chinese mandarin, Saramu can only ask his younger daughter for help to read him the letter.

A Passing Cloud
While working as a rideshare driver to support her family, Zhao Mei gives a lift to a high school student, Yu Yiyi. On the way to their destination, they talk to each other like they know one another. They are neither mother and daughter, nor passenger and driver. The relationship between the two ladies is gradually revealed during this journey…

I Have No Legs, and I Must Run
This is a short story about a short-distance runner. With track running as the starting point, he spends his youth running. He is like a tireless machine, running back and forth on the sports track. He has the same dream as other athletes, wishing to run faster, searching for his limits, and pursuing the impossible. However, as time goes by, his body is unable to support his profession.  After years and months of high-intensity training for years, his legs get hurt, and he might not be able to participate in short-distance running races anymore. 
At that time, a high-spirited and vigorous freshman joins the team, reminding him of himself many years ago. The freshman is so athletic and vigorous that he even claims to break the hero’s short-distance running record. With regret intertwined with agony, the hero loses direction in life and even hallucinates his appearance as a “pig”.
If he cannot run anymore, where will his journey take him next? Eventually, reality forces him to make choices and compromise. In the end, he chooses to enter the workforce and becomes an ordinary person, just like everyone else.

World Premiere
Growing Apart
19:15
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Long Lingyun | China | Color | 90min | Fiction


18-year old Cheng Fei has been raised by his father and grandmother instead of his mother ever since he was a child. He is a rebellious youth who is very fond of skateboarding, and is determined to become a professional skateboarder. However, his father Cheng Jianguo can not accept that. In the summer of 2007, he finds a missing person notice in his father’s room. The person in the notice is his online friend “Swallowtail Butterfly”, He Sheng, whom had gone missing two years ago. He disguises himself and moves in with He Sheng’s mother. He later discovers the complicated relationship between the mother and daughter who live with him.
The mysterious disappearance of his half-blood sister, her eccentric mother, and the deeply hidden secrets that Cheng Fei’s father kept from him shatter Cheng Fei’s peaceful life in a series of dramatic events. In the fog of the two families’ pasts, he gradually approaches the dusty truth that has accumulated over many years…

【FIRST FRAME】Short Film Collection
14:00
Oscar International Cinema 5

Director: Shui Yuan Li Jing Tang Peiyan Yang Chenning Xu Tianlin | / | / | 90min | Short Film Collection


Broken Potato

With booms coming one after another, several large holes suddenly appeared in the town. No one knew what the holes were and where they came from. Curiosity seekers were swarming all over the town, and everyone tried to take advantage of these holes to do what they wanted all the time.

The Secret of My Birth

Living in a tropical coastal town of Southern China, an 11-year-old girl hides her secret deep in her heart, just like the roaring waves hidden beneath the sea. After the introduction of the two-child policy, Lily, the only child in her family, suddenly discovers on her birthday that her parents are expecting a second baby without her knowledge. Moreover, with a privately tested gender identification, the baby is believed to be a boy. In the humid and cicadas-associated summer, a “vicious” idea makes its way into Lily’s mind, and she starts a plan to “kill her brother”…

A Passing Cloud

While working as a rideshare driver to support her family, Zhao Mei gives a lift to a high school student, Yu Yiyi. On the way to their destination, they talk to each other like they know one another. They are neither mother and daughter, nor passenger and driver. The relationship between the two ladies is gradually revealed during this journey…

Homones

Early summer in a small town, the proliferation of hormones ripens waxberry fruit, at the same time spawning an intimate relationship between two girls. As the midsummer approaches, the bitter-sweet feelings gradually melt into a stain of purple mark.

The Thing With Feathers

An Iranian-Afghan family’s life in Germany can be solely seen through their hands. Iranian doctor Maryam came with her family to Germany for asylum two years ago. She sticks to a strict daily studying routine, hoping to return to her medical career, while her husband Hossain takes care of their baby at home. On this day, Hossain has a job interview at a photo studio, and Maryam, who has to look after her child by herself, has to reschedule her day.

Sacrificed Youth
16:45
Oscar International Cinema 5

Director: Zhang Nuanxin | China | Color | 96min | Fiction


When Li Chun, a young intellectual woman, first arrived at Dai, she could not fit in with anyone else. The beautiful girl in the village often mocked her for this. During a fair, Li Chun met Ren Jia and became close. At a dinner party to celebrate the harvest, Li Chun realised that her elder brother was in love with her, but she could not accept his love just because she was not a real Dai. In the end, she had to leave and finally became a teacher of a primary school in the mountains. Years later, Li Chun returned to the city to go to university, at the same time Ren Jia and the villagers died in a mudslide.

China Premiere
One and Four
16:45
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Jigme Trinley | China | Color | 88min | Fiction


One day in the late 1990s, a blizzard is about to strike a forest on the Tibetan Plateau. There, three uninvited guests break into a forest ranger’s cabin. The ranger gets involved in a police case that involves tracking down poachers. Upon confronting the uninvited guests, the ranger can not determine the truth, and the whole incident becomes very complicated…

World Premiere
The Great Distance Delivers Crane
19:15
Galaplex Cinemas 1

Director: Lhapal Gya | China | Color&B&W | 90min | Fiction


This is a story of a Tibetan teenager seeking a habitat for a wounded black-necked crane and a home of his own inner heart.

Training Camp Screening
20:30
Open-air

Director: | | Color | 90min | Narrative


World Premiere
Closing Film · All in All for You
11:00
Oscar International Cinema 2

Director: Cai Chengjie | China | Color, B&W | 120min | Fiction


It’s a story about painting. It’s a story about “beauty”.
Three teachers, in their 20s, 30s and 50s respectively, are in the middle of their own dilemma while being determined to help the 41 art students in their class to accomplish their dreams of getting admitted into universities. Together they are faced with the grueling challenges head-on in an enclosed art training classroom. They go through joy and sorrow, excitement and frustration, perseverance and compromise together while preparing for the exams. Together they sit for exams and make their dreams come true.

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