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  • Wangdrak's Rain Boots


    US Premiere1st Feature

    Saturday, Sept 29, 11:00am - 12:30pm E Street Cinema

    1h30min | China

    Director: LHAPAL Gyal 導演: 拉華加

    “‘Will it rain tomorrow, Mum?’ · ‘Maybe you’ll  nd out in your dreams tonight.’ · ‘Really?’ · ‘Really. Sometimes in dreams you see what’s going to happen the next day.’


    It’s the rainy season in the Tibetan highlands. It’s good for the crops, but bad for Wangdrak. He’s the only boy in his village who doesn’t own a pair of rain boots – and the other children tease him about it. His father has no money to buy any boots, plus he has other worries: there’s a dispute among the farmers. Secretly, his mother swaps a goat skin for a new pair of light blue boots. But when Wangdrak proudly wears them to school the next day, the children laugh at him again because it has stopped raining and the sun is shining. At least Wangdrak can count on his best friend Lhamo. Set in the vast mountains of Tibet this  lm affectionately portrays the story of a young boy’s dreams which are bound by the traditional structures of rural life.”

    “Dream could be so simple as to wait for the advent of a rainfall.” --- Lhapal Gya

  • Interval


    North America Premiere1st Feature

    Thursday, Sept 27, 8:30pm - 10:45pm E Street Cinema

    1h20min | China

    Director: LIU Xiaodong 導演: 劉曉東

    The story of a rural wedding haunted by ghosts and nightmares. Shot entirely in long takes that merge handheld, Steadicam, and drone footage.

    “Interval is my graduation work, and I am very grateful to the friends who helped me realize my dreams. They made my inno-cent ideas possible. In addition to artistic exploration, part of the reason for choosing this method of photography is that I had some trouble funding this film. Although in the end I had to finish my film with a few unrealized ideas after the funding issue was resolved, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present to the audience what has been inside of my mind for a long time. The purpose of my shooting is the same, I hope to talk to the world through images. I think movies are the best medium for presenting images in my mind.” --- LIU Xiaodong

  • An Impossibly Small Object


    US Premiere

    Saturday, Sept 29, 10:00pm - 11:40pm E Street Cinema

    1h40min | Taiwan, Netherlands, Croatia

    Director: David VERBEEK 導演: 王洪飛

    A Dutch photographer takes a photo of a little girl on the nighttime streets of Taipei, transporting us into a vivid depiction of her daily life. As the photographer  ies back to his home in Amsterdam, a conversation with an elder woman prompts a creative breakthrough. Looking at the pictures he took, he starts to project his childhood onto hers and the stories of the photographer, the child, and the woman become spiritually intertwined. A haunting, medita- tive narrative in 3 parts.


    “Film is the art of the moving image. This  lm will use the medium of the moving image to express something about the art of the still image. A  lm is about the act of photography. What the moving image adds to the still image is the illusion of time. Time, and the distortion of it, is what this  lm will explore in a dance between two characters. What does it mean to capture one another’s life at a certain moment? Is it a proof of something? A proof of existence? Whose existence? Of the person in the photograph? But surely also of the photogra- pher himself. The fact is: the moment a photographer takes

    a photo, he creates a relationship with the subject. The main concept of this  lm is to explore that relationship.”


    --- David VERBEEK

  • Dead Pigs


    DC Premiere1st Feature

    Sunday, Sept 30, 8:30pm-10:00pm E Street Cinema

    1h26min | China, France, Germany

    Director: WANG Bing 導演: 王兵

    A mysterious stream of pig carcasses  oats silently toward China’s populous economic hub, Shanghai. As authorities struggle to explain the phenomenon, a down-and-out pig farm- er with a youthful heart struggles to make ends meet, while an upwardly mobile landowner  ghts gentri cation against an American expat seeking a piece of the Chinese dream. Mean- while, a romantic busboy hides his job from his father, while

    a rich young woman struggles to  nd her independence. Like a mosaic, their stories intersect and converge in a showdown between human and machine, past and future, brother and sister.


    “Dead Pigs is a snapshot of the country as I see it and a resultof my unique identity between worlds — as both an insider andan outsider of China. I was born in a small city in China in 1986. I moved to the U.S. in 1990 and have visited China every year since. China provides a fascinating setting for characters in a  lm, where everything seems to be ampli ed and pulled to the extreme – not to mention the constant temptation of wealth, glory or glorious wealth. ”  --- Cathy YAN