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A brace of personal tales from China and Hong Kong are among the 23 projects vying for attention at the 17th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum.
Liu Miaomiao is a rare female ethnic **** Muslim filmmaker. She came to international prominence with 1993’s “Chatterbox” that won the President of the Italian Senate’s Gold Medal at the Venice Film Festival. Her last film, “Red Flowers and Green Leaves,” won the People’s Choice Award at the Pingyao Intl. Film Festival in 2018. Her HAF project, “12×4,” is informed by a 1995 experience, where, three days after her 33rd birthday, she was sent to a mental hospital for bipolar disorder.
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“12×4” will follow a 48-year-old former ping pong champion in Beijing who has bipolar disorder and must learn to cope. “Mental disorders are incurable, so is life,” says Liu in her director’s statement. “I want to do a film about bipolar disorder based on my own experience while recognizing that in actuality, the disease completes me.”
Zhao Jin and Cao Liuying will produce for Midnight Blur (“Vanishing Days,” which played in Busan and Berlin), alongside veteran Fifth Generation filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang (“Springtime in a Small Town”). The project has raised $300,000 of its $1 million budget.
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From Hong Kong, Luk Yee-sum comes to the HAF...
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