Ho Wi Ding
HO Wi Ding (1971, Malaysia) graduated from the New York University film school and worked as a director of TV commercials in Taiwan. His short films Respire (2005) and Summer Afternoon (2008) were both selected for the Cannes film festival, and also screened in Rotterdam. Pinoy Sunday is his feature debut. Cities of Last Things (2018) premiered in Toronto and was awarded the Platform Prize.
(selection) Still (2000, short), Hu xi/Respire (2005, short), Xia wu/Summer Afternoon (2008, short), Pinoy Sunday (2009), I Wake Up in a Strange Bed (2012, short, The Biggest Toad in the Puddle (2014), Our Sister Mambo (2015), Beautiful Accident (2017), Xing fu cheng shi/Cities of Last Things (2018)
Ho Wi Ding at IFFR
Image of an oppressive and oppressed world. A future with gas masks and indefinable clouds and storms.
A supple and cleverly shot film. A car ride with one lover too many gets completely out of hand. With a double twist.
It could have been a film about Pakistanis in England, but it’s a film about Filipinos in Taiwan. A serious film about immigrants in which there is plenty to laugh at, or a profound comedy. It is both and anything goes in film, apart from taking home a sofa you found.
Cities of Last Things
Dizzying drama revealing in three non-chronological parts over three decades what and who drove a man to his desperate act.