FILM
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23.9
19:30
Swiss Army Man (Atmos Version)
Dir: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe,
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
95 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

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

Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, Hank goes on an epic adventure to get back to the woman of his dreams.

2016 Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award (US Dramatic) 


30.9
21:30
24.9
19:15
Captain Fantastic
Dir: Matt Ross
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George Mackay,
Samantha Isler
120 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

* Please be informed that Director Matt Ross of “Captain Fantastic” cannot attend the Q&A session after 24/9 screening due to personal reasons.

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them. Prize for Best Director, Un Certain Regard in Cannes Film Festival.


29.9
21:30
25.9
14:30
Christine
Dir: Antonio Campos
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia
123 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

* Please be informed that the Filmmaker of “Christine” cannot attend the Q&A session after 25/9 screening due to personal reasons. There will be no Q&A session after the screening.

Christine (Rebecca Hall) is an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she has talent, but being a driven career woman in the 1970s comes with its own challenges, especially when competition for a promotion, unrequited love for a coworker, and a tumultuous home life lead to a dissolution of self. With ratings in the cellar, WZRB’s station manager issues a mandate to deliver juicier and more exploitative stories, a style firmly at odds with Christine’s serious brand of issue-based journalism. To accomplish her goals, she must overcome her self-doubt and give people what they want.


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24.9
15:15
Equity
Dir: Meera Menon
Cast: Anna Gunn, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner
100 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

* Please be informed that Director Meera Menon of “Equity” cannot attend the Q&A session after 24/9 screening due to personal reasons.

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop’s (Anna Gunn) world of high-power big money is brutal and fierce, and one she thrives in. When a controversial IPO threatens the fragile balance of power and confidentiality, Naomi finds herself entangled in a web of politics and deception. With an aggressive prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) from her past on her heels, and a strained relationship with her junior, Erin (Sarah Megan Thomas), Naomi is forced to reexamine her own ambitions and the cutthroat world she love-one where women have yet to break the glass ceiling.


1.10
19:45
25.9
17:30
The Free World
Dir: Jason Lew
Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Elizabeth Moss
100 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

* Director will attend Q&A after 25/9 screening.

Mo Lundy (Boyd Holbrook) is a man attempting to move past a brutal two-decade stint in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He spends his days caring for abused animals at a shelter while trying in vain to reintegrate into a world that feels utterly foreign to him. A chance encounter with Doris (Elizabeth Moss), an enigmatic kindred spirit equally scarred by violence, lands him in a situation where choosing to do the right thing means risking his hard-won freedom and his life. 


30.9
19:30
25.9
12:30
The Intervention
Dir: Clea DuVall
Cast: Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders
91 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

* Director will attend Q&A after 25/9 screening.

Control freak bride-to-be Annie gathers her group of thirty-something friends at the picturesque Savannah family summer home of sisters Jessie (writer/director Clea DuVall) and Ruby to convince Ruby and her workaholic husband, Peter, that their relationship has turned irreparably toxic. Joined by Annie’s easygoing fiancé, Jessie’s partner, Sarah, and the reluctant Jack and his sprightly 22-year-old girlfriend, the group makes fumbling attempts to jump-start the intervention throughout the booze-fueled weekend, while resolutely avoiding dealing with their own vices and regrets.

2016 Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Individual Performance (Melanie Lynskey)


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15:45
24.9
17:00
Life, Animated
Dir: Roger Ross Williams
Cast: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind
91 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

* Director will attend Q&A after 24/9 screening.

At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind ceased to speak, disappearing into autism with apparently no way out. Almost four years passed and the only stimuli that engaged Owen were Disney films. Then one day, his father donned a puppet—lago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin—and asked, “What’s it like to be you?” And poof! Owen replied, with dialogue from the movie. 

2016 Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award (Documentary) 


2.10
19:45
24.9
17:45
Lovesong
Dir: So Yong Kim
Cast: Riley Keough, Jena Malone
85 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

Sarah (Riley Keough), a young mother, raises her precocious daughter in their country home while feeling abandoned by her husband, who perpetually travels for work. When Sarah’s old friend Mindy (Jena Malone) comes to visit, they decide to take a road trip, and after an alcohol-infused heart-to-heart, a long unspoken intimacy emerges between the longtime friends. Later Sarah is unable to articulate her thoughts about her husband or Mindy, and Mindy makes the decision to leave the trip and go home. Three years later, the two women are reunited for Mindy’s wedding, and Sarah is forced to reconcile the reality of her feelings.


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23.9
21:30
Southside with You
Dir: Richard Tanne
Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers
84 mins | In English with Chinese subtitles

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

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.


1.10
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24.9
19:45
Spa Night
Dir: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Joe Seo, Haerry Kim, Youn Ho Cho
97 mins | In English & Korean with Chinese subtitles

* Director will attend Q&A after 24/9 screening.

David Cho is in that curious threshold between late teens and manhood. He lives in a tight-knit, traditional home in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles, with his first-generation parents. David works at the family restaurant, but business is slow and the restaurant is forced to close. His mother, Soyoung, finds another waitressing gig, but his unemployed father, Jin, begins to spiral downward. As the patriarchal balance teeters, tension builds at home.

2016 Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Performance (Joe Seo)


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25.9
19:30
The Lovers and the Despot
Dir: Robert Cannan, Ross Adam
Cast: -
93 mins | In English & Korean with Chinese & English subtitles

They were the Brangelina of ‘70s South Korea—the romance between the debonair film director Shin Sang-ok and glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee took them to the heights of South Korean society. Fame took a toll on their love, but it also attracted unbelievable twists of fate. The two find themselves kidnapped by the North Korean regime, and they are forced to play along with bizarre filmmaking project led by superfan cinephile Kim Jong-il. As they endure torture, imprisonment, and surveillance, their romance is rekindled, and they realize escape is only possible through filmmaking—but the smallest mistake in their plans could cost them their lives.


1.10
13:30
25.9
17:00
Pleasure · Love
Dir: Huang Yao
Cast: Guo Xiaodong, Yu Nan, Sun Yi, Ying Daizhen
102 mins | In Putonghua with Chinese & English subtitles

* Director will attend Q&A after 25/9 screening.

20-year-old young man Jiang Nan meets a beautiful painter named Hu Yajie (36 years old), who has a butterfly-shaped birthmark on her body. They have sex in an old residential building and thereafter frequent this love nest of theirs. One year later the painter gets killed in a car accident, leaving a bottle containing her birthday wish note in a tree hole back in her hometown, which she hides many years earlier… 21-year-old college graduate Hu Yajie comes to Beijing and meets a middle-aged writer named Jiang Nan. When they are about to be consumed by erotic flames, Jiang Nan gets cooled off by the butterfly-shaped scar on Hu Yajie's body... Pleasure·Love represents an intricate circle of love, capturing the agony and the ecstasy of two intertwined relationships that reflect back on each other.


29.9
19:45
25.9
13:30
She Objects
Dir: Nicola Fan
Cast: -
58 mins | In Cantonese with Chinese & English subtitles

* Director will attend Q&A both screenings.

Every day, we are bombarded with mainstream media that objectifies women, glorifies thinness and portrays women in stereotypical roles. Given this generation’s mass consumption of social media, it can be difficult to distinguish airbrushed fantasy from reality. Featuring engaging insights from celebrities including singer-writer-actress Joyce Cheng and real-life stories, the documentary looks into the correlation between the media’s portrayal of women and eating disorders and self-esteem issues for girls and violence against women. Commissioned by The Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Women Helping Women, and directed by 27-year old Nicola Fan, She Objects is the first documentary of its kind in Hong Kong to explore how traditional and new forms of media create and exacerbate gender stereotypes with often damaging consequences.


25.9
19:00
Short Film Competition Award-Winning Shorts
Dir: Various Directors
Cast: -

Short Film has always been a major element of the Sundance Film Festival. Continuing the momentum from Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Short Film Master Class and Short Film Showcase held from March to June, Sundance Institute and The Metroplex have brought the first edition of Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Short Film Competition, aiming to nurture creativity of local filmmakers and provide a precious opportunity to showcase their inspiring works on big screen.

This year, a wide range of entries have been received. The finalist works selected by the Jury Panel from the U.S. and Hong Kong will be screened in 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong. Longing to take a look of the creative works from new generation filmmakers? Tickets are now available!

The winner of Jury Award will be announced at Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Opening Party on September 22, followed by the Short Film Competition Awards Ceremony. Please stay tuned at this website for more updates.


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