Reel Asian Co-presentation: Counter Move

For the second year, we are very proud to be co-presenting a program of short films at the Reel Asian Film Festival. It’s on Thursday November 7th at 6:00pm at AGO Jackman Hall, and it’s called Counter Move. Here are some details about the films in the lineup:

Still from The Banquet of the Concubine

THE BANQUET OF THE CONCUBINE
Director: Hefang Wei | Canada 2012 | 12:19

In the year 746 AD, a banquet is given in honour of the Emperor’s favourite concubine. But can the taste of the sweet delicacies pacify her bitter jealousy?

Still from Treasure Hill Camouflage

TREASURE HILL CAMOUFLAGE
Director: soJin Chun | Taiwan 2012 | 2:00

Camouflage is a method of survival. The artist attempts to blend into the environment of a former illegal settlement and residence for ex-soldiers.

Still from My Father, Francis

MY FATHER, FRANCIS
Director: Casey Mecija | Canada 2013 | 11:38

In the process of creating furniture together, a daughter reveals her love for her father’s lifelong practice of making recycled materials into beautiful objects.

Still from Good Night Sweet Charlatan

GOOD NIGHT SWEET CHARLATAN
Director: La Chunk by Lil’ Lohan | Canada 2013 | 4:05

Back-dropped by the controversy around Blurred Lines and the MTV Music Video Awards, Toronto-based moody synthesizer duo Depression Era treacherously take their stance on the use of TIYF.

Still from Portrait as a Random Act of Violence

PORTRAIT AS A RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE
Director: Randall Okita | Canada 2012 | 4:20

An act of vandalism is transformed into a monument for reconciliation. A beautifully crafted kinetic sculpture becomes a countermovement and response to violence in history, such as the Asiatic Exclusion League attacks on Asian businesses in Vancouver, 1907.

Still from Lonesome Town

LONESOME TOWN
Director: Grace Wang | Canada 2013 | 2:35

Of the most popular seaside towns in America, Coney Island experienced decades of neglect and a super storm that nearly destroyed it. What is left is nostalgia for a past long gone.

Still from Dafeena

DAFEENA
Director: Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer | Canada 2012 | 5:25

Bharata natyam is a modern take on one of the oldest classical forms in India. This dance was choreographed by Natasha Bakht, and adapted for this site-specific film shot in a crystal mine and abandoned copper quarry.

Still from Shiro Yagi

SHIRO YAGI
Director: Cindy Mochizuki | Canada 2012 | 12:02

An animated film inspired by the last sheet of existing music of the artist’s maternal grandfather, Sueo Mori, written in 1927. Mori was a poet, composer and high school teacher based in Yokohama, Japan.

Still from A Grand Canal

A GRAND CANAL
Director: Johnny Ma | Canada/China 2013 | 19:00

Remembered by his 10-year-old son, a captain tries collect a debt to save his fleet of boats. Like a Greek tragedy told with Chinese pop song, the film is a unique twist on personal histories.

Still from Item Number

ITEM NUMBER
Director: Oliver Husain | Canada 2012 | 16:00

Influenced by Indian musical dramas of the 1940s and ’50s, Item Number features an elegant woman delivering a melodramatic monologue before the curtain rises. Awarded for Best Contribution to German cinema at Oberhausen 2013.

Still from Conceived

CONCEIVED
Director: Eui Yong Zong | Canada 2013 | 5:04

Eui Yong confronts his family about the events around his conception, and his mother’s planned abortion.

Tickets are just $12 ($10 for seniors and students) and are available online or at the door. Use the promo code toronto17 to save 25% on tickets bought online!

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