Thursday, 11 October 2012

Film Screening - “IF IT'S NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?” 电影放映会-“如果还有明天”

Date: 1 November 2012
Time: 8pm
Venue: Toccata Studio--19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Admission: minimum donation RM5

Feature length, Family Drama, 86 minutes, Chinese dialects with English subtitles
Written, Directed by James Lee

The movie is supported by Krishen Jit Astro Funds and Hubert Bal Funds of Rotterdam. All screenings are accompanied by a Q&A session with the director & casts.

If It’s Not Now, Then When? mostly takes place in an apartment inhabited by three members of a family (though never at the same time): mother Pearlly Chua (from Tsai Ming-liang’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone), daughter Tan Bee Hung and young son Kenny Gan. Their father seems recently to have died. The mother leaves early and returns late, out on long walks in the park with a lover whom the daughter and her best friend try to spy on. The daughter pecks away at a computer at work and has a desultory affair with her married boss, which he carries on between his business and family phone calls. And the son breaks into cars and “recycles” the electronics he finds.

Lee’s characters are superb at indicating, despite their placid, seemingly calm exteriors, that tension inflected with despair lurks just underneath. With precise control, Lee circulates the three characters through ever-overlapping spaces, as they seek ways to connect with each other. When the final eruption occurs, it is all the more fierce, disturbing, despairing—and quite possibly (even controversially) somehow satisfying.

— Shelly Kraicer, VIFF

In addition to the feature film, three new short films by James Lee will be presented prior to the feature presentation. The shorts are:
1.) Birthday Lunch, 9 min
2.) Family Portrait, 6 min
3.) The Last Supper, 5 min

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