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Isabella
Isabella

Sponsored by: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Canada)
Montreal Premiere
star WINNER: Silver Berlin Bear, Best Film Music, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNER: Directors' Week Award, Best Actress; Orient Express Section Grand Prize, Best Film, FANTASPORTO 2007 WINNER: Golden Bauhinia, Best New Performer, GOLDEN BAUHINIA AWARDS WINNER: Best Original Film Score, 2007 HONG KONG FILM AWARDS

Hong kong
2006 | 109 min | 35mm
Cantonese language, English subtitles

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Screening Times

July 10th, 2007
9:20 pm
J.A. De Seve
July 14th, 2007
9:15 pm
J.A. De Seve

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Description

It’s the summer before Macau returns to Chinese control after long years of Portuguese rule, and Shing’s life is in a shambles. A cop under suspension for corruption, Shing is toying with the idea of having a key prosecution witness killed. Though he has enough cash to wear a Rolex, his apartment is a shambles, his fridge empty, his social life an endless succession of one-night stands and cheap, possibly underage hookers. It doesn’t appear that Shing’s life could get much lower until one night the daughter he never knew he had, the child he believed was aborted when he was just 17, decides to introduce herself by smashing a bottle over his head. And so Shing meets Yan. Her mother recently dead of lung cancer, and she has been locked out of her apartment for not paying her rent, leaving the teen aged girl penniless and homeless. Thrust together by fate, these two strangers are forced into a new way of life.

Over the course of five films, director Pang Ho-Cheung has quietly carved out a niche for himself as one of Hong Kong’s brightest and most distinctive directors, and while his earlier works are known more for their sly sense of humour, Isabella proves he is just as able to build his films around serious character work. Helping greatly to that end are his two lead actors. Longtime collaborator and acclaimed character actor Chapman To steps into his first leading role here as Shing and plays the part with subtlety and grace while model turned pop starlet Isabella Leong turns in a remarkable performance that should guarantee that she never appears in mindless teen flick again. For his part, cinematographer Charlie Lam shoots gorgeous film, filling the streets of Macau with a warm amber glow and composing his shots to perfection, loading the images with the same sense of memory and longing that marks Wong Kar Wai’s Shanghai or Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Taiwan.

—Todd Brown

“Frequently funny and touching… Pang gets smart, involving performances from his actors… the mood he creates is an exceptionally seductive one” – LOVEHKFILMS.COM

Notes

WINNER: Silver Berlin Bear, Best Film Music, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNER: Directors' Week Award, Best Actress; Orient Express Section Grand Prize, Best Film, FANTASPORTO 2007 WINNER: Golden Bauhinia, Best New Performer, GOLDEN BAUHINIA AWARDS WINNER: Best Original Film Score, 2007 HONG KONG FILM AWARDS

Website

http://www.isabellathemovie.com/

Credits

Director: Pang Ho-Cheung
Screenplay: Pang Ho-Cheung, Kearen Pang, Kwok Cheung Tsang, Jimmy Wan
Cast: Isabella Leong Chapman To Josie Ho Kwok Cheung Tsang Anthony Wong
Producers: Pang Ho-Cheung, Chapman To, John Chong
Distributor: Media Asia

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