Macau (MNA) – A story of a Japanese boy adapting to a new Catholic school, an Indonesian gastronomic comedy, a Korean horror flick, a German movie on sexual harassment and a psychological old school inspired horror film on display this Wednesday at the 2018 International Film Festival and Awards Macau (IFFAM).
Jesus, a film by Japanese director, Hiroshi Okuyama, will screen at 5:00 pm at the Macau Cultural Centre and depicts the story of a boy whose family leaves Tokyo to live with his grandmother in the snowy countryside. The boy has to adapt to his new catholic school and at one point befriends a small Jesus Christ.
Okuyama became the youngest winner ever at Barcelona’s San Sebastian’s New Directors competition last October with Jesus, his first feature film, with the young 22-year-old director having started filming already in high school.
Afterwards, Aruna & Her Palate from Indonesian director Edwin will be screened at 7:00pm also at the Macau Cultural Centre, with the movie being a film adaptation of a novel by Laksmi Pamuntjak’s.
The film focuses on an epidemiologist named Aruna who is sent to investigate random Avian Flu cases in different cities in Indonesia and uses the opportunity to enjoy an Indonesian culinary adventure with her friends.
The film has been praised as good humored story looking to promote Indonesian food and culture.
Edwin’s movie The Daughter Of A Tree from 2005 was the first Indonesian short film to be screened at Directors Fortnight in Cannes, and his first feature Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly won the FIPRESCI award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2009. He has also won the best director award at Festival Film Indonesia for his third film Posesif in 2017.
Two horror and thriller productions will also be available to movie goers, with Korean director Park Hoon-jung showcasing his most recent mystery action film The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion.
The thriller is the first of a trilogy and helped Park win the best director award at Fantastic Fest.
It tells the story of a Ja-yoon, a girl who escaped a government facility at tender age and ends up becoming a grade-a student and competing in nationally televised talent show in order to help her family by winning the top prize. However soon mysterious government agents searching for her appear.
Park was also the screenwriter for the acclaimed horror thriller by Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw The Devil, and won best film and director awards at the Korea Gold Awards festival with his 2015 film, Park’s The Tiger.
Continuing the darker tones, at 10:00 pm Luca Guadagnino’s eagerly expected horror flick, Suspiria, will also be shown at the Macao Tower.
The movie tells the story of an American woman who enrolls at a prestigious dance academy in 1977 Berlin that is run by a coven of witches, with Tilda Swinton co-staring in three roles, as the company’s lead choreographer, an 82-year old male psychotherapist and as the coven’s leader.
Dakota Johnson plays the American woman with Mia Goth and Chloë Grace Moretz appear in supporting roles as students of the academy.
The movie is inspired in the 1977 classic Italian supernatural horror movie of the same name, directed by Dario Argento, with the star of the original movie, Jessica Harper, having a cameo in the recent production.
Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke provided the soundtrack for the movie, with the British musician using 1970’s German experimental rock music as his inspiration
An Italian director born in Ethiopia, Guadagnino received worldwide acclaim by his 2017 movie Call Me By Your Name, which won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay and further nominations for best picture and best actor.
Meanwhile at 9:45 pm, All Good by German female director Eva Trobisch will be screened at the Macau Cultural Centre, with the film delving on a woman’s response to sexual assault after being raped by a stranger.
All Good is the directorial debut of Trobisch, being her graduation film from her master’s program in screenwriting at the London Film School. The production premiered at Filmfest München in June this year and has since then won the German Cinema New Talent awards for best director and actress as well as the FIPRESCI award.