Presenting new works by renowned auteurs and future visionaries, Asian Vision brings the most exciting developments shaping the Asian film landscape. A special short film programme reveals the diverse talents coming out of Vietnam today. Breathless Animals and Last Night I Saw You Smiling see personal stories that subtly reflect historical and societal change. Midnight Traveler brings to light the experience of a courageous refugee family. A Sun and Coming Home Again are captivating family dramas that clearly display directorial mastery. The Wild Goose Lake is filled with wicked and witty fun, but do bring sufficient tissues for Ride Your Wave as lessons in love come in different guises.
SPECIAL PROGRAMME: CONTEMPORARY VIETNAMESE SHORTS
Short films Blessed Land, short/cut, Hey U!, In Bloom and HIEU will be screened together under the Special Programme: Contemporary Vietnamese Shorts (Runtime: 89 mins).
In a long-forgotten cemetery, a woman and her son look for her late husband’s grave only to be lost in a myriad of gravestones and dreams of a future where luxury replaces memory.
Mae believes that unlike what her long black locks suggests, beauty is found in short hair. In desperation, she defies all odds to attain her desired crown of beauty.
While going through a midlife crisis with a nagging wife and dying mother-in-law, Hien discovers he has a tumour. He then tries to break free from the mundane and strives for a different life.
If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, would Mr Binh’s community treat him in the same way once they learn the truth about his partner and him?
Two children innocently mistake condoms for balloons and this pushes their family to discover the balance between religion and family planning.
China’s recent history is retold through personal artefacts, and the animals visiting a woman’s dreams.
Seamlessly alternating between past and present, Coming Home Again is a man’s journey with his mother’s illness told through food.
When public opinion is easily swayed by mass media, one woman’s involuntary involvement in a kidnapping quickly puts her on public trial.
Time melds in this multidimensional story of Krabi’s landscape where prehistoric and contemporary worlds collide.
This film, part poem and past artefact, presents the life and memories of an architectural and social landmark in Cambodia.
Using three iPhones, a family chronicles their perilous flight to freedom over three years in this refugee story told from within.
Forbidden desires play out in 1960s Hong Kong as a young man finds himself in love with a woman way out of his league.
Reminiscent of Your Name, this romance anime catches a new couple in a riptide of young love, old memories and plenty of surfing.
A gripping and precise story about a family of four dealing with the aftermath of the incarceration of their son.
Set in Malaysia, this documentary surveys the roots of racism from pre-colonisation to present-day modernisation.
Award-winning director of Black Coal, Thin Ice returns with another inventive interpretation of gritty neo-noir.