Liu Ba, a woman painter and a member of the Ewenki nationality, came to the city to work seven years ago.She felt lonely in the big urban space,and returned to the countryside near the Daxing Mountains. Her return brought her no peace of mind, however,and only intensified her feelings of loss.
The word ”Pelym”refers to Russia many remote penal colonies. These camps are well known for their strict regime as well as the harsh living and working conditions. Structured in episodes, this film takes a look at life today in the penal colony and region of Pelym.
The Torres Strait Islanders in far north Australia were the only people in the Pacific to make elaborate turtleshell masks. Now they have none left; they are all in foreign museums. The film shows that the thickest of masks cracks when a descendant of the original owners enter museum.
It is a little town near St.Peterburg. Once a week, on Tuesday, it is bread day. A locomotive abandons near the village a truck loaded with loaves of bread, and the inhabitants push this truck along the bumpy and battered railway track. Once the bread is put on sale, endless difficulties arise. Then come the complaints ﹍
Hou Hsiao-hsien is a now well-known director in international film circles. This film is a collaboration between Taiwan's Public TV Services Foundation and a French company, directed by Olivelier Assayas, an up and coming French director. Hou Hsiao-hsien's cinematic art and power are explored from an international perspective.
Photographer Motohashi Seiichi has published a collection of photos entitled ”Infinite Embrace ”,which tells the story of the people who have decided to remain in the contaminated area of Chernobyl despite evacuation orders. Later he developped these photos to be the film, showing the life within the scenery which is of course limited, but still itself sufficient.
The film is a story about forgiveness. Tang, an arsonist who killed sixteen innocent people and is convicted of the death penalty.Du,one of the victims' sister, wrote a letter of forgiveness to Tang in jail. Thus she changed Tang's attitude about death, and found him a way to home.
Muraishi Masaya is a bisexual young man.He experienced his parents' divorce when he was a child and grew up not knowing his father. The film shows his returning to his native town and severely confronts his mother and two fathers, the natural one and foster one.
It is the chronicle of a remarkable cruise in Malaysia. On board the boat Mark built using the ancient native traditions, he roams the seas of South-East Asia, spurning modern cities. His boat founders while the camera is watching. Thus begins the desperate quest of a man who is more attached to his shipwrecked ”Anak Kelana”stranded on a beach of Goats' island than to anything else in the world.