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.
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. When understanding that he is dying, Cao decides to make arrangements to marry posthumously with the corpse of a mysterious young woman, only to be confronted with the moral dilemmas posed by the appearance of the dead woman’s sister.
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.
The Last Moose of Aoluguya 犴达罕
Weijia is a hunter of the Ewenki people, in far northern China. He spends his days drinking and painting his memories of a better time after his hunting guns and land are taken away.
Filmed in the peaceful vastnesss of Siberia, this is one of Kurosawa's most beautiful films as well as a tale of great humanity. It is based on the turn of the century journals of Tsarist officer, Vladimir Arseniev who met and befriended the hunter Dersu Uzala, who in turn teaches him to survive in the wilderness.
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.
Tharlo ཐར་ལོ། 塔洛
Tharlo, a Tibetan sheep-herder and orphan with a remarkable memory, has his life turned upside down when he has to go to the city to get his first government ID card and encounters a beautiful hairdresser who may not be the person Tharlo imagines her to be…
Kaili Blues 路边的野餐
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.
New Castle 新堡
Winner for best documentary at the Pusan International Film Festival, this is a stark yet searing portrait of a rural Chinese mining community on the cusp of being relocated from their traditional homes into newly built “luxury” housing.
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.