Between 6 and 25 November, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF) returns to Hong Kong for its fifteenth 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 Ala Changso, the third feature by Tibetan director Sonthar Gyal, on 15 November. You are warmly invited to join us for what promises to be a memorable cinematic experience in the soft autumn breeze.
Set in contemporary Tibet, Ala Changso—the title is a transliteration of a folk song, meaning ‘please drink up this good cup of wine’—tells the story of a young Tibetan farmer who undertakes a gruelling pilgrimage to Lhasa with the intention of addressing the negative karma she sees manifesting in the life-threatening illness; it is a journey that will take a year on foot if she can endure it, prostrating as she walks. Complications ensue after her husband and young son join her on the way.
In focusing on spiritual life and the complexities of family ties, Ala Changso shares its abiding concerns with Gyal’s previous features The Sun-Beaten Path (Dbus lam gyi nyi ma, 2011) and River (Gtsangbo, 2015), which also met with critical acclaim. Prior to working as an auteur, Gyal was known primarily as a cinematographer, notably on Pema Tseden’s award-winning drama The Silent Holy Stones (2006).
As numbers for these screenings are limited, we kindly request your RSVP for your preferred session by Tuesday 13 November. Places will be allocated to the swiftest respondents.
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We warmly urge you to visit the HKAFF website to view the complete festival programme and to book tickets for your favoured sessions. Among the many excellent films we’d recommend are Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still, Kawase Naomi’s Vision, Lee Yong-chau’s Blood Amber, and Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces. Among myriad other highlights are ‘Taiwan Select’, screening recent Taiwanese releases; ‘Beyond Casinos’, with a discussion and screenings dedicated to Macau cinema; a retrospective of works by Chinese women and a seminar on female filmmakers in China; and of course the presentation of the Asian Film Awards.
‘I close my eyes in order to see.’