Season 6: Borderlands 边陲

This season of Asia and the Pacific Screens deals with borders and their various manifestations. Borders play a fundamental role in people’s sense of being at home, or adrift, in the world. The films in this season deal with borders as spaces of people and places in transition. Although many of the films take place in the border regions of China, itself a country described by its leaders as continuously in a state of “transition” 转变, borders can also partition metaphysical and psychological realms. A border can be a space of welcome, abandon, interrogation, neighbourliness, exile, sanity, transcendence, and death. In this series, we will witness the ways in which people cope with the borders that enclose and traverse their lives.
23
Oct
2016

Behemoth 悲兮魔兽

Zhao Liang’s most recent film Behemoth combines a poetic apocalyptic vision with documentary footage from Inner Mongolia. Zhao Liang’s camera surveys landscapes that have been destroyed in order to fuel China’s breakneck urbanisation, which itself appears as a shimmering, uninhabitable fantasy.

Behemoth

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26
Oct
2016

New Castle 新堡

Guo Hengqi’s New Castle is an unflinching documentary of the changes wrought by urbanisation in a remote mountain village in Shanxi Province sustained by local mining operations. The first part of New Castle focuses on the miners who have come from different parts of the country looking for work. In the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as part of the campaign to clean up pollution, mines are closed and the miners sent back home.

New Castle 新堡

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03
Nov
2016

Kaili Blues 路边的野餐

Bi Gan’s brilliant directorial debut is an audacious work that announces a new filmmaking talent. Country doctor Chen Sheng sets out on a train journey to search for his brother’s abandoned child, only to find himself in a dreamlike world where the boundaries between past, present, and future – and between fantasy and reality – are porous.

Kaili Blues 路边的野餐

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16
Nov
2016

Tharlo ཐར་ལོ། 塔洛

Tharlo is 40, and has a remarkable memory that allows him to recite Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. He lives a quiet life alone in the Tibetan mountains with his hundreds of sheep. But his life turns upside down when he is asked to go to the city to have a photo taken for his first ID card. The photographer sends him to a young and pretty hairdresser who soon shows interest in him and his ponytail.

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07
Dec
2016

The Hole 洞

A bizarre epidemic has broken out in Taipei and the city is under quarantine. The rain is unrelenting. After a repairman accidently drills a hole in the floor of an apartment, two neighbours become intimately aware of the other’s presence. The 'hole' opens a space of threat, intrigue, communication, and fantasy. Only Tsai Ming-liang can find a way to make a gorgeous, depressing, and campy musical on being alone while next to someone.

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19
Feb
2017

Dersu Uzala

Against a backdrop of the treacherous mountains, rivers and icy plains of the Siberian wilderness, acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa stages an extraordinary adventure of comradeship and survival.

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22
Feb
2017

The Last Moose of Aoluguya 犴达罕

Gu Tao has spent the past decade documenting the life worlds of the Ewenki people in northeast China, an ethnic minority group of herders and hunters who migrated from Siberia centuries ago to live nomadically in the thick forests of Inner Mongolia.

The Last Moose

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05
Mar
2017

Till Madness Do Us Part 疯爱

For twelve months of the year, fifty men are locked on one floor of an isolated asylum, having little contact with the outside world, even medical staff. Each has been committed for different reasons: some have psychological problems, some have killed people, others have upset certain local officials. But once inside, they share the same empty life, walking along the same wire-fenced courtyard, looking for comfort and humanity.

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12
Apr
2017

The Cremator 焚屍人

The Cremator is a daring and compelling drama about Cao, a middle-aged bachelor crematorium worker. Outwardly he is an ordinary employee, but he secretly runs a side-line business as a ‘ghost matchmaker’, conducting a clandestine trade in unidentified women’s corpses to posthumously marry them with deceased unmarried men.

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17
May
2017

Still Life 三峡好人

Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges region, Jia Zhangke's humane and moving Golden Lion winner tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie - an ancient town on the Yangtze River which is being demolished and will soon vanish forever in the flooding caused by the controversial Three Gorges hydroelectric dam project.

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