Special Presentation Feature #2
The White Girl
Debut director Jenny Suen teams up with acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle for this noir fable about a disappearing land and its dreamers.
Three strangers collide in a washed-out and dilapidated village, also known as the last fishing village in Hong Kong. The White Girl, a blossoming teenager with an aversion to the sun, lives with her father in a shack above the sea. Sakamoto, a mysterious Japanese artist, squats in an abandoned ruin, reflecting and contemplating on projections of the island. Ho Zai, a street kid who dreams of getting rich, weaves in and out of the village, restless and filled with schemes. With the threat of gentrification looming brought about by its corrupt village chief, Pearl Village becomes a mysteriously charged environment where its dwellers slowly awaken from their sleepy stupor.
In this enchanting drama, director Jenny Suen and co-director Christopher Doyle channel their love for Hong Kong, the city that gave birth to their creative personas, to mesmerising effect. Part of the duo’s ongoing Hong Kong Trilogy project, The White Girl awes with its splendid cinematography and poetic flow, bringing old memories to life and rebirthing new feelings to the surface. Complimented by a melancholic medley of pop tunes, the film is an alluring trip through nostalgia that is set to delight dreamers, outcasts and sensualists alike.
Cast & Credits
Jenny Suen is a Hong Kong writer, producer, and director. She studied at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was named Dean’s Scholar. The White Girl, her first feature film, premiered at the London Film Festival 2017.
Christopher Doyle (Co-Director) is a renowned award-winning cinematographer, famed for his work in numerous films including Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood For Love (2000), Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park (2007) and Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control (2009), amongst many others. The White Girl is his fourth feature film as a director.
Jenny Suen, Ken Hui, Leonard Tee, Alea Rahim, Heidi Ng
Jenny Suen, Christopher Doyle
Joe Odagiri, Angela Yuen, Jeff Yiu
• Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival 2017