BENDS - 過界

Synopsis

BENDS straddles the Hong Kong- Shenzhen border and tells the story of ANNA, an affluent housewife and FAI, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the pressures of Hong Kong life and the city’s increasingly complex relationship to mainland China. Fai is struggling to find a way to bring his pregnant wife and young daughter over the Hong Kong border from Shenzhen to give birth to their second child, even though he crosses the border easily every day working as a chauffeur for Anna. Anna, in contrast, is struggling to keep up the facade of her ostentatious lifestyle into which she has married, after the sudden disappearance of her husband amid financial turmoil. Their two lives collide in a common space, the car.

Director - Flora Lau

Flora was born and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from Columbia University in New York and later attended London Film School where she graduated as a director. Bends is Flora’s feature directional debut. The film had its world premiere at Festival de Cannes Un Certain Regard Section in 2013 and has since screened at various international film festivals including Toronto, London, Busan, Sao Paulo, etc. Flora was invited to develop Bends screenplay at Binger Film Lab’s Writers Lab in Amsterdam in 2011. The project was selected for the Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum (HAF) 2011 and Paris Project 2012.

Flora is also an alumnus of the 8th Berlinale Talent Campus 2010 and was selected by Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival to participate at CPH DOX:LAB 2012. Her commissioned medium length documentary “Start From Zero” premiered at Visions du Reel International Film Festival 2012.

Actors

  • Carina Lau

    Selected Filmography: - Detective Dee and the Mystery Phantom Flame
    - Let the Bullets Fly
    - 2046
    - Flowers of Shanghai
    - Ashes of Time
    - Days of Being Wild
  • Chen Kun

    Selected Filmography: - Rest On Your Shoulder
    - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D
    - Let the Bullets Fly
    - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
  • Carina Lau

    Selected Filmography: - Detective Dee and the Mystery Phantom Flame
    - Let the Bullets Fly
    - 2046
    - Flowers of Shanghai
    - Ashes of Time
    - Days of Being Wild
  • Chen Kun

    Selected Filmography: - Rest On Your Shoulder
    - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D
    - Let the Bullets Fly
    - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Crew

  • Yu Tsang

    Producer - Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ms. Yu started as a Program Host on Hong Kong Commercial Radio(HKCBC)’s fledgling CR2 channel, eventually becoming Chief Executive of the company. She has been Deputy Chairman since 2004. During the 80's, her own MesAmis Productions Company produced various successful media projects from events and stage performances, through to artist management and movie productions. In 2007 Ms. Yu launched SkyHigh, a joint venture between The Hong Kong Jockey Club, St.James’ Settlement and HKCBC providing creative production facilities and training for underprivileged youth. The project continues to operate successfully to the present day.

  • William Chang

    William Chang Suk ping is a Hong Kong film editor, production designer and art director, and along with cinematographer Christopher Doyle is an important collaborator with Hong Kong film director Wong Kar Wai. He has participated in all of Wong Kar Wai’s films. In addition to Wong Kar Wai, William Chang also has collaborated with various Hong Kong film directors such as Stanley Kwan, Patrick Tam Kar Ming, Yim Ho and Tsui Hark. His credits as Production Designer include: The Grandmasters, Everlasting Regret, Eros, 2046, Lan Yu, In The Mood For Love, Happy Together, Fallen Angels, Chungking Express, Ashes of Time, Days of Being Wild. William Chang is known for his nostalgic mood in art directing and frequent use of improvisation and split narratives in film editing.

  • Christopher Doyle (H.K.S.C.)

    Cinematographer - Christopher Doyle has shot some of the most memorable recent films of world cinema. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Doyle’s love of Asian cultures developed in his youth, through extensive reading of Japanese literature. When he turned 18, he joined the merchant navy and sailed the world for twon years. He landed in Israel and then moved on to India, where he became an oil driller. Eventually, he landed in Taiwan, to study Chinese.

    Despite not having a credit to his name, director Edward Yang trusted him enough to shoot That Day on the Beach. Since then, he has been director of photography on over 50 films. His longtime collaboration with director Wong Kar--wai has brought Mr. Doyle three Hong Kong Film Awards, for Days of Being Wild, Ashes of Time, and Fallen Angels; and three Golden Horse Awards, for Ashes of Time, Happy Together, and In the Mood for Love. Mr. Doyle’s other features include Kei Shu’s Soul, which brought him his first Hong Kong Film Award; Claire Devers’ Noir et blanc; Chen Kaige’s Temptress Moon; Gus Van Sant’s Psycho; Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights; Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit--Proof Fence and The Quiet American; and Zhang Yimou’s Hero, which won the Best Cinematography award from the New York Film Critics Circle. More recently, his work on Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park brought Mr. Doyle the Best Cinematography award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

  • Nansun Shi

    Producer - Nansun Shi has been named one of the 50 most influential indie filmmakers/players around the world by Variety. In 1984, Nansun and her husband Tsui Hark founded an independent production company, Film Workshop, which has produced numerous internationally- acclaimed box office successes. Nansun has served on the jury of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in 2007. She was also a Jury member at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival in 2011. Today, apart from being the Executive Director of Film Workshop and a Board member of Bona Film Group, Nansun is also the Chairman of Distribution Workshop; an international sales agent for Asian films which is based in Hong Kong.

  • Melissa Lee

    Producer - Melissa Lee has produced two award‐winning feature films, Dear Lemon Lima (2009), co-starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, and 2011 Sundance Audience Award winner, Circumstance (2011). In addition to Bends, Melissa is currently in development on Anthony Ng’s Shanghai romance, The Maglev Story (Sundance Producing Lab 2011, Berlinale Talent Project Market 2012), and is also Managing Director of boutique commercial production house, P.I.G. China. Having grown up in Hong Kong and London, Melissa Lee graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Literature from Harvard University, after which she worked in investment banking with Morgan Stanley. She received her MFA in Producing from University of Southern California. In addition to being a 2011 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, Melissa was invited to attend the 2012 Rotterdam Lab, the 2012 Berlinale Talent Project Market, and was nominated for a 2012 Independent Spirit Award.

  • Albert Tong

    Executive Producer - Albert Tong is the Vice-Chairman & Executive Director of the Board of Director of Tomson Group Limited, Executive Director of Rivera (Holdings) Limited, Director of Tomson (China) Limited, Executive Director of Tomson (Hong Kong) Films Company Limited, and the Director of Tomson International Entertainment Company Limited. As the founding member of Centum Charitas Foundation, Albert is also the Vice Chairman of the charity foundation. The youngest son of Tomson Group Limited’s founder Tang Jun-nian and renowned Chinese actress and movie producer Hsu Feng, Albert has been a regular at movie sets since a tender age, and he has also played a part in the movies produced by his mother. Recent years have seen Albert’s active participation in the film industry and peripheral businesses, and in 2010 he founded Tomson International Entertainment Distribution Limited, which has not only distributed numerous acclaimed foreign language movies, but has also been offering substantial support and capital for various Chinese movies, including Starry Starry Night, in collaboration with Huayi Brothers Media Corporation in 2010. The film was a box-office success in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, garnering nominations and awards along the way.

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