OPENING FILM

TIMM THALER

The main role in the movie, Timm Thaler is a boy who trades his enchanting laughter to the mysterious Baron in exchange for the ability to win any bet he makes. However, Timm soon realizes that a person Is not complete without laughter, but Lefuet is not that easy to outwit when he tries to regain this gift of laughter.

CLOSING FILM

HARMONIUM

Toshio operates a machine shop in his garage when suddenly an old acquaintance of Toshio, Yasaka arrives to help out at the shop. Yasaka had just been released from prison and so without a permanent place to say, Toshio takes Yasaka in as an assistant. Yasaka reveals to Akie that he was imprisoned for eleven years as a result of murder, asks for forgiveness for not mentioning this earlier and slowly and Yasaka becomes a greater part of the family.

SPECIAL SCREENING

AFTER THIS OUR EXILE

In hopeless pursuit of happiness, Shing is a man who desperately attempts to hold on to the dwindling threads of his family. Shing’s machoistic ego overrides any reasonable logic for change, which forces Lin, his wife to leave Shing repeatedly. After finally managing to escape, Shing is left with nothing but his son, Lok-Yun. With each passing day, the bond of love is threatened with Shing’s unrepentant ways.

REDHA

A Malaysian couple are unsure what to do when they discover that their eight-year-old son is autistic — the mother wants to learn more about the disorder, while the father remains in denial. In time, they try their best to care for their son’s needs. It is about family, denial, courage, and sense of believing that it will get better after every fall.

BLIND WAY

Sorehead singer Zhao Liang drifts around all day long. Someday in underpass he encounters a blind girl Jing Jing who is under control by a criminal scrounger gang. Jing Jing cannot endure beating-up from gang leader Guo Wei and escapes. Through all obstacles and difficulties, Zhao Liang and Jing Jing get to trust each other and rediscover their meaning of life. But the past dose not let them go easily and so does Guo Wei.

COMPETITION SCREENING FILM

HEMA HEMA: SING ME A SONG WHILE I WAIT

Somewhere deep in a forest of Bhutan, there is a gathering every twelve years of men and women chosen by the Old Man to enjoy a few days of anonymity. Masked silhouettes participate in rituals, performances and dances. One man attends this event for the first time and enters the experiences like a new born. He stumbles clumsily through the first day, but quickly adapts and he becomes totally intoxicated with her. But his desire will lead him down a dangerous path.

I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY

Li Xuelian stages a sham divorce to secure an apartment only for her husband to unexpected remarry. Li protests to the courts without success since the divorce paperwork is in order. When her husband further defames her, she sets out on an absurd ten-year journey to reclaim her reputation.

I, DANIEL BLAKE

A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end.