Cinematheque Passion once again presents “Macao Films Panorama”, the most important local film festival, showcasing Macau-produced features, documentaries, shorts and animations, from May 17 to 31, 2019. The Cinematheque aspires to preserve and present local films. After calling local and overseas creatives for the “Comedy Shorts Panorama” shorts competition in April they have selected some of the works to open this year’s “Macao Films Panorama”, the best of which will be awarded on the same night.
The opening gala films features four remarkable works from Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. They were selected by invited film festival curators for the grand open the festival. Local filmmaker Peeko Wong’s G.D.P.: Grandmas’ Dangerous Project follows three elderly ladies’ hilarious mission to ensure their future. Created by Hong Kong director Leung-chuen Yeung, The Bridge reveals a family’s secrets. Chinese director Er-zhuo Wang traces the present everyday life of an idealistic student from the 1980s in Mother Eden. In Grandma’s Farting Scooter, Taiwanese filmmaker Chuan Yang Li narrates a delightful adventure of a granny and her granddaughter.
“Local View Power Revisited” has fourteen films commissioned by the Macao Cultural Centre for the 2017-2018 “Local View Power”. These short features, animations and documentaries will be on the big screen again in this session, displaying the narrative power of local talents. “Local Indies Force” is a public calling for local creatives to submit their works produced since 2017, received a rave response earlier this year. The Cinematheque has received a great number of remarkable works by emerging talents who are furthering their studies abroad and local filmmakers who are exploring their narrative styles.
“Macao Feature Films” is where Ivo M. Ferreira ignites us with his melancholic Empire Hotel. Set in the old district of Macau, this feature scrutinizes the life under the neon lights that inform the tourists’ stereotypical imagination of the city. Another feature to impress is made by Singaporean director Thomas Lim. Filmed on an iPhone, Sea of Mirrors follows a Japanese actress who attempts to regain her fame in a visit to a fan in Macau. The work was shot in Macau and Los Angeles.
The “Local Animation Landscape” is a new session. It consists of eight works sure to warm the audience’s heart and soul. In recent years, many fabulous animation works have fascinated the audience and critics alike. With this additional session, they hope to encourage filmmakers to explore and experiment in the animation world.
“Special Screenings” once again work with curators from three film festivals – FIRST International Film Festival in Xining, IFVA in Hong Kong and Golden Harvest Awards for Outstanding Short Films in Taipei. Under their recommendation, local filmmakers will have the invaluable opportunity to watch recent works from their peers. The curators will also come and meet the audience and share the anecdotes behind the works.
When: May 17–31, 2019
Where: Cinematheque Passion, 13 Travessa da Paixão, Macau
How much: Each ticket costs MOP $60
Full-time students and senior citizens age 65 or above can enjoy 50% discount. Each purchase of 10 regular tickets or more can also enjoy 20% discount.
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