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30.9
21:35
A Ghost Story
Dir: David Lowery
Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
87 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

*Director will attend Q&A after 21/9 screening

Lauded filmmaker David Lowery, last at the Sundance Film Festival with the lyrical Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), reunites with his collaborators for a haunted tale like no other — one conceived in secret and fueled by the spirit of pure, creative expression.

Lowery's meticulously sparse narrative contemplates a spectral figure who was once a man (Casey Affleck). Prematurely taken from this Earth, he makes his way toward his former home, where he is fated to remain forevermore. Shrouded in a white sheet, he observes the lament of his grief-stricken lover (Rooney Mara). Bearing unseen witness to her pain, the wisp stands sentry for years to come, interacting only with time as it hurtles further and further forward, the remnants of his humanity quietly evaporating.


1.10
13:50
23.9
21:30
Band Aid
Dir: Zoe Lister-Jones
Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally
94 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

*Director will attend Q&A after 23/9 screening

Married couple Anna and Ben fight constantly. It doesn't help that they've each come to a standstill in their careers, or that, together, they've suffered a heartbreak neither wants to face. But one day they come up with a brilliant idea they actually agree on: Why not start a band and use their arguments as songwriting inspiration? Almost as soon as they dig out their old electric guitars from the garage, their musical partnership starts to jell, but it soon becomes apparent this is only a temporary distraction from their real problems.


30.9
15:30
24.9
13:30
Beach Rats
Dir: Eliza Hittman
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge
95 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

Frankie, an aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn, is having a miserable summer. With his father dying and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his home life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.

2017 Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award (U.S. Dramatic)


1.10
19:30
24.9
15:15
City of Ghosts
Dir: Matthew Heineman
Cast: -
90 mins | In Arabic & English with Chinese & English subtitles

A real-life international thriller, City of Ghosts exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it follows the journey of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" — a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

2017 Sundance Film Festival: The Candescent Award


1.10
17:30
23.9
19:30
Columbus
Dir: Kogonada
Cast: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey
104 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

While his father is in a coma, Jin finds himself stuck in an unusual Midwestern city renowned for its modernist buildings. Though not fond of architecture, Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a bright girl who works at the city library (avoiding college and her future), and she shows him the local marvels. With a curious intimacy reserved for strangers, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father and Casey's reluctance to leave her mother, a recovering drug addict.


1.10
15:40
24.9
19:40
Gook
Dir: Justin Chon
Cast: Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So
94 mins | In English & Korean with Chinese & English subtitles

It's 1992 in Los Angeles and Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, struggle to keep their father's shoe store afloat. They're the unlikely pals of Kamilla, a sassy, 11-year-old African American girl from the neighborhood, who ditches school to secretly hang out at their store. When Kamilla's brother Keith discovers that she's spending time with "those gooks," he plots revenge on them. Meanwhile, on the day of the announcement of the Rodney King verdict, larger acts of violence loom as the LA riots move closer to their world. The film will be presented in black-and-white.

2017 Sundance Film Festival: NEXT Audience Award

 


29.9
21:15
23.9
12:30
The Hero
Dir: Brett Haley
Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter
96 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

*Director will attend Q&A after 23/9 screening.

Lee Hayden is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy, until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte, and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy, all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.


30.9
19:40
22.9
21:45
Ingrid Goes West
Dir: Matt Spicer
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson
97 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

*Director will attend Q&A after 22/9 screening.

Ingrid is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane — an Instagram "lifestyle guru" with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her machinations to prove she’s BFF material for her Insta idol are underway — that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky, who threatens to tear down her façade.

2017 Sundance Film Festival: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic


28.9
19:30
22.9
19:30
The Little Hours
Dir: Jeff Baena
Cast: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza
90 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

*Director will attend Q&A after 22/9 screening.

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.


30.9
17:30
23.9
14:50
Patti Cake$
Dir: Geremy Jasper
Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay
108 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

Patricia "Killa P" Dombrowski drafts rhymes behind the bar at a dingy dive, trying to pay off her coarse but beloved Nana's medical bills and support her hard-drinking mom, whose own musical aspirations failed long ago. Patti and her rap partner/best friend Jheri share dreams of fame, fortune, and escaping Dirty Jersey for good, but they haven't found a producer with the "fire beats" they need. Unbroken by the taunts of local goons, she unexpectedly gravitates to a reclusive goth-metal musician named Basterd, a newcomer who just might be able to help Patti achieve hip-hop superstardom.


29.9
19:30
23.9
17:25
STEP
Dir: Amanda Lipitz
Cast: -
83 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

*Director will attend Q&A after 23/9 screening.

The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women opened in 2009 with a mandate to send every student to college, despite the barriers that their home lives and community might present. Now, as the first class enters its senior year, the stakes are high to achieve that purpose. The film follows three irrepressible seniors and their "Lethal Ladies" step dance team as they navigate a nerve-wracking college application process and strive to elevate the creative outlet that keeps them united and fighting to reach their goals.

2017 Sundance Film Festival: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking


28.9
21:15
24.9
17:35
Wind River
Dir: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal
111 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert discovers a body in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner, but she’s unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. When she employs Cory as a tracker, the two venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements. Wind River is a stark look at life on the edge of an imposing wilderness, where the rule of law is eclipsed by the laws of nature.


24.9
17:30
Short Film Competition Award-Winning Shorts
Dir: Various Directors
Cast: -

Sundance Institute and The Metroplex launched the first Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Short Film Competition to enthusiastic response last year, with participants showing tremendous talent and potential. The jury award winner, Trumpet Man, was screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Director Emily Wong attended the festival to meet international audiences and fellow filmmakers from around the world.

This year's short film submissions continue to display the range and creativity of our local talents, from intense drama and heart-warming documentaries to quirky animations, all showcasing their unique vision and voice. Our Jury Panel from U.S. and Hong Kong will deliberate and selected short films will be screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong.

Official lineup will be announced at the Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Opening Party on September 21, followed by the Short Film Competition Awards Ceremony.  Please stay tuned at this website for more updates.


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