All Asian Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce its Official Selection of films that will be showcased at the very 1st edition of the festival. AAIFF 2020 will proudly screen 36 films from 12 countries on the 18th – 22nd November online.
Dramatic Feature Film
Director Lv HongFeng
A woman entangled among four men of different classes is trying to find the father of her child. “Lover Comrade” creates complex suspense with a non-linear narrative method, layers upon layers of character relations, and all-around photography exultation!
NEVER MEET AGAIN
Director Wu Pengxiong
Everyone you meet in your life you might never meet again. To fulfill a promise to his grandmother, and with a further hidden motive in his heart, Wu Peng once again cycles alone around the island of Taiwan. Accompanied by three strangers, he will embark on a far more personal journey than he had anticipated.
WEAVE A PERIOD TIME
Director Tao Han
Chong Er is a worker in a textile factory in the 1970s, when he gets executed for allegedly breaking the law. Thirty years later, the factory has closed down and the truth behind the case can finally be revealed, but time has muddled the facts and changed everyone’s perspective.
Dramatic Short Film
Director VS Sanoj
“Burning” is a conversation between two young mothers brought together by strange and cruel social realities, at a funeral ghat in Varanasi. Facing a myriad of forms of patriarchal violence, they build an instant bond while trying to strike a bizarre deal they were pushed to negotiate.
Director Kunal Narula
A 10-year-old boy has the dream of one day sitting on an airplane. He spends his days working in a tea stall near the airport and his nights sleeping in an abandoned sewer pipe, scraping up money any way he can. Will he be able to navigate the world of adults to achieve his dream?
IN THIS LAND WE’RE BRIEFLY GHOSTS
Director Chen-Wen Lo
Myanmar, 2013. Based on actual events, this human tragedy follows a 12-year-old child soldier, Su Su Myat, and her mute brother, who are imprisoned after deserting their first combat mission. Su Su Myat is forced to choose between killing her seriously ill brother, or risking dying with him.
THE KITE UNDER THE RAIN
Director Cuong Ngo
A stuntman finds himself in trouble when a mysterious man suddenly stands between him and his girlfriend in Bangkok.
Director Peng Xiangjun
“The Lichen” is a personal, semi-autobiographical work about a fantasy experience of adolescence during high school.
Director Zhang Shufan
More than 21million gay men live in China, but most of them hide their sexuality because of societal pressure. Unassuming wives get trapped into miserable and loveless “straight” marriages, and Lisa is one of them. After her divorce, she is doing whatever she can to win custody of her son.
Director Yawata Kimi
Misato is a recluse. Her mother is not there, and she is living with her father whom she resents. Her only pleasure is watching the video of V Tuber “Mel”. One day, Misato’s feeling against her father become a reality.
Director Edzel Rebamontan
After fixing a clogged pipe at an apartment, a widowed plumber races against time to be compensated for his service to save his critically ill son. As the days go by, the reckless choices and actions made by others will affect the lives of everyone involved.
Director Kazu Okuda
A lonely girl with a fresh broken heart wanders into parts of Tokyo to discover freedom and hidden dwellings. She uncovers her emotions and realizes she is still chasing her lover’s past.
Directors Daniel Lir, Bayou Bennett
A 9-year-old girl gives the Philippines’ wealthiest widow a tour of a graveyard thousands of poor people call home, where she discovers what real riches are.
THE ART OF FORTUNE COOKIE
Director Jiayi Li
Times change, the pure heart remains. Kevin Chan, the new guardian of the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, a landmark homemade bakery hidden in the alleys of San Francisco, takes it upon himself to keep alive the century-old craft in a digitalized and mechanized era.
Directors Tara Dorabji, Jamie DeWolf
Filmed in the most densely militarized land on earth, “Here Still” is one of the only international documentaries that captures the complexity and vibrancy of the Kashmiri resistance movement. Shot during Ramadan in 2018 during a temporary cease fire, the film sheds light on one of the greatest atrocities of our times.
ROOTS AND WINGS: YANA GILBUENA
Directors Lisa Yadao, Michelle Sampior, Irene Yadao
Nomadic chef Yana Gilbuena discusses growing up in Iloilo, Philippines, getting her start as a chef in the pop-up field, leaving her day job to spread the “Filipino food gospel” to all fifty states in the US, and the future of Filipino cuisine.
Director Wang Peng Ran
A spa center that offers exfoliation using turtles, a young man who trims his chest hair into a portrait of Stalin, a massage parlor with birds living on the ceiling, a masseuse who is trained in martial arts, a northeastern winter mixed with dreams and delusions, a frozen lake, cold weather, and no snow…
Director Chuang-Chieh Liao
When a young Taiwanese man visits a remote Escort Karaoke for the first time, he begins to understand the complexity of desire and exploitation.
THE CLOUD IS STILL THERE
Director Mickey Lai Loke Yee
When her grandfather becomes terminally ill, Xiao Le, a young Christian woman, faces a critical decision over whether she should intervene with her family’s traditional Taoist rituals.
EYE IN THE SKY
There is a Tibetan village in the wild mountains which is connected to the sky. One day, the old village head came home to find his cattle nowhere to be found. Eventually, he discovers that all the people in the village were taken prisoner.
Director Rendro Aryo
Based on the director’s real-life experience, “Family Story” narrates the journey of a family sticking together when a sudden event changes their lives forever, and of a Mother becoming the beacon of light that keeps everyone going.
Director Ji Ling
“She” made a transfer student commit suicide because of campus violence. Cyber violence, public opinion, and her own guilt have plagued her with nightmares all day.
Directors Hu Hao, Dong Xingchen
The French philosopher Sartre defined nausea as the sensory discomfort caused by everything that seemed supposed to be, suddenly becoming unreasonable. Working on this concept, “Nausea” analyzes the absurdities that are hidden beneath the apparent surface.
SPRING IS COMING
Director Yang Zhenyu
In a parallel world, three characters put together a panorama of stories about dreams, love, regrets, and salvation.
TAIWANESE CHA CHA CHA
Director YuHui (Judie) Yang
Against their parents’ wishes, two young girls set out for a secret journey to reconnect with their grandparents. The challenging reunion will turn in a meaningful and unexpected adventure for everyone involved.
A TRIP WITH MOM
Director Sophie Shui
Xia Changming stays at home unemployed to take care of his old mother. Pressured by his wife, his economic situation, and the physical and mental burden, Changming feels hopeless, helpless, and depressed. Finally, he decides to take his mother on a journey.
WHEN FALL COMES
Director Yiwei Pu
When an old woman falls ill, her husband devises a mysterious plan to fulfill her dream.
EURYDICE: LE BALLET DE LA NUIT – DIALOGUE
Director Austin Yip
Country Hong Kong
Based on the plot of Louis XIV’s Ballet de la Nuit (1653), “Eurydice” is a modern reinterpretation of the fourth watch of the original work. Based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, in this iteration there are no more trees in the concrete forest in which the nymphs live.
A PSALM OF LIFE
When we are young, we are easily trapped in the anxiety of nothingness.Standing on the edge of youth we feel confused. At 22 we are searching for meaning, but can we abandon all the pressure of meaning and indulge ourselves?
WHITE VAN BY OOBERFUSE FT. KARA NI JUAN
Director Cherrie Anderson
“White Van” is an original track written by the London band Ooberfuse and the Filipino rap group Kara ni Juan. It aims to raise awareness of child abductions and forced organ harvesting by organised crime syndicates that transcend geographical boundaries.
ALL THIS SURVEILLANCE
Director Adel Jervis
Shot entirely through Closed-Circuit Television, it tells the story of a vicious husband seeking revenge on his his cheating wife and her lover.
AS IT ALWAYS WAS
Director Yu Sicong
Mr. Zhao is over 90-years-old. Since his wife left, he has been living with his daughter and spending his days in front of a computer. When he asks to go to his hometown, his daughters need to figure out whether to tell him that his don’t know how to tell him that his old house has been torn down.
Take gold and throw away the box. “Utensils” delves into the weakness of human nature by depicting the experiences of a lost young man who only seeks immediate gratification and turns a blind eye to the long term.
THE RESISTANCE OF AMNESIA
Director Shile Feng
In between memory and oblivion, crossover borders, death and life, human-animal relationship, ritual practices and secular life, construction and deconstruction, existence and absence, reality and dream translated into a metaphoric montages to resist amnesia.
Directors Papa Xing, Aspirin Huang
After a hundred-year recovery plan, the Earth has almost returned to its former vitality. Man-made machines and high-intelligence AI surveil and restore the planet. Humans have been kept in hibernation in space for thousands of years, as they quietly wait for the recovery of the Earth.
Director HongWei Wang
A strange little white man picks up a mysterious box and finds a little grey man inside. Why is the little grey man stopping him from looking for his mother? Why are snakes attacking him every night? Why is the little grey man protecting him? And from what?