Films in ‘Spectrum Premieres’
A Midsummer's FantasiaJang Kun-Jae IFFR 2015 96′
In his third feature (in two parts), festival favourite Jang Kun-Jae also presents an alter ego: a Korean director who, in black-and-white, prepares a co-production in a remote area of Japan. The second half shows the results in colour: a moving retrospective of a possible love between a guide and a female Korean visitor.
Poet on a Business TripJu Anqi IFFR 2015 103′
In all its simplicity, a completely unique film, shot more than 10 years ago and only now edited. A poet sets off on a ‘business trip’ through inhospitable Xinjiang. The physically exhausting trip provides an existential brothel visit, bumping on bad roads and a glimpse of a disappearing world, but also 16 melancholy poems.
The Second Life of ThievesWoo Ming Jin IFFR 2015 87′
In a small fishing village in Malaysia, it’s not easy to keep anything hidden. Yet the village chief has kept a great secret throughout his life: he had a relationship with a man who disappeared one day. The village chief then starts a quest that brings back many events from the past.
Jade MinersMidi Z IFFR 2015
A fascinating documentary, shot in the mountainous north of Burma. No filmmaker is welcome there, because, against the background of a civil war, the jade miners enter the deserted mines illegally. With the aid of filming locals, however, Midi Z was able to compile this portrait. Getting rich quick turns out to be hard and risky work.