Fiction Features Competition
Saturday, Nov. 18. 10:20 am - 12:25 pm
liang qiao/China/120mins/North America Premiere
The story begins with Vince Kang, a reporter in Beijing, having to go back to his hometown to report on a crested ibis, one of China's national treasures, that has been discovered there. As the crested ibis is pursued and hidden, everyone’s interests are revealed and the scars, both mental and physical, are opened anew. In addition, the environmental pollution, a consequence of China`s development, is brought into daylight. The story, told from the perspective of someone returning home, reveals the living conditions of rural China and exposes the dilemmas of humanity. In the end, Vince, the renegade, had no alternative but to make a compromise with his hometown.
King of peking
Sunday, Nov. 19. 12:20 pm - 2:35 pm
Sam Voutas/US & China/87mins
Big Wong and his young son Little Wong are part of a fading tradition: traveling film projectionists screening Hollywood movies for villagers who otherwise don’t have access to films. But when Big Wong’s ex-wife raises the spousal support payments, Big Wong faces the possibility of losing custody. In order to stay together, the two Wongs move to the basement of an old Beijing cinema, where Big Wong works as a janitor. When Big Wong discovers a prototype DVD recorder for sale in a junk store, he convinces Little Wong to join a new venture: a father-son bootlegging company. He names it King of Peking in honor of their surname’s meaning: king. Business soon booms, but in the maelstrom of making money, Big Wong realizes that he might lose something more precious than custody: his son's trust. And Little Wong learns that sometimes parents make bad choices for very good reasons.
the last painting
Saturday, Nov. 18. 12:40 pm - 2:40 pm
Chen hung-i/Taiwan/106mins/North America Premiere
A mysterious murder
An incomprehensible painting
An unsustainable situation
An indefinable world