Screenings in partnership with Hong Kong Asian Film Festival: Fukuoka and Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Fukuoka: Thursday 31 October 2019, 6:30pm
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom: Thursday 31 October 2019, 8:30pm

Shin Hing Street
Central, Hong Kong

Between 29 October and 17 November, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF) returns to Hong Kong for its sixteenth edition. Launched in 2004 as a showcase for independent film, HKAFF is now an acclaimed local cultural highlight. Across dramatic features of every genre, along with documentaries and shorts, its programme customarily offers cineastes a wide-ranging programme that presents some of the most exciting and important recent films made in the region.

We are delighted to partner with HKAFF for outdoor screenings of Fukuoka, from acclaimed Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lü, and Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, the debut feature of Bhutanese filmmaker Pawo Choyning Dorji, on 31 October. You are warmly invited to join us for what promises to be a memorable cinematic experience.

In Fukuoka, which premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, a middle-aged bookseller from Seoul travels to Japan to visit an old friend from university days, accompanied by the young female acquaintance who persuades him to make the journey. When the two men are reunited, long-buried tensions surface, spurred by haunting memories of an intense romantic rivalry.

Zhang has attracted many awards and favourable critical attention for his previous films, which include Love and…, A Quiet Dream and Ode to the Goose; he has worked predominantly in drama but also as a documentary filmmaker. Before forging a stellar career in cinema, he was an academic and novelist.

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom follows a young trainee teacher and aspiring singer whose dreams of relocating from Bhutan’s capital, Thimpu, to Australia are stymied when he is compelled to take a government teaching post in remote Himalayan village. Despite his initial resistance and disdain, the experience leads him to a new relationship with his homeland.

This is Dorji’s debut feature; he has previously worked with noted Bhutanese auteur Khyentse Norbu—as director’s assistant on Vara: A Blessing and producer of Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait. He is also a photographer, and has published two books—Seeing Sacred: Lights & Shadows Along the Path and Sacred Paths.

As numbers for these screenings are limited, we kindly request your RSVP for your preferred session by 28 October. Places will be allocated to the swiftest respondents.

‘Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself…’

Marcel Proust