25 NOV, FRI / 3:00PM / 60MIN

Born in Brooklyn, Darren Aronofsky studied social anthropology and filmmaking at Harvard University, and earned a Masters in Directing from the American Film Institute. He has established himself as one of the most ambitious and uncompromising directors in Hollywood with a steady flow of films that include Pi (1988), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Wrestler (2008), Black Swan (2010) and Noah (2014). Both box-office success and multiple awards within the festival circuit have affirmed his visionary and consistent authorship. He is currently working on an untitled project that is planned for release in 2017.


26 NOV, SAT / 11:00AM / 60MIN
Tran Anh Hung reached international acclaim with his debut feature, The Scent of Green Papaya, in 1993. The film, which won the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, went on to garner an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film that same year, making it the first Vietnamese film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. Considered to be at the forefront in contemporary Vietnamese cinema, his later works continued to impress critics and festival audiences worldwide. With his abstract storytelling and dreamy visual style, Tran Anh Hung’s diverse filmography continues to evolve, challenging his audiences with its nuanced sensuality in its depictions of human relationships. Discover Tran Anh Hung’s influences, the inspiration behind his imageries and impressions, and hopes for Vietnamese cinema.

Tran Anh Hung was born in Central Vietnam in 1962. He migrated to France with his family at the age of 12 during the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. In France, Tran studied at the prestigious film school, Louis Lumière College, where he made two well-received short films. Backed by French production company, Lazennec Productions, he hit his big break with his first film, The Scent of Green Papaya. Following its success, Tran’s second film Cyclo, won him the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1995, making him one of the youngest filmmakers to be honored at the festival at the age of 33. His most recent work, the romantic historical drama, Eternity, is his first feature in French.


29 NOV, TUE / 7:00PM / 60MIN
One of the most well known contemporary Japanese filmmakers today, Naomi Kawase’s fiction and non-fiction works have transcended cinemas and theatres to make their way into museums and arts institutions. Her thematic explorations on the state of modern Japanese society, female representation, dysfunctional family structures, coupled with her own personal reflections, have attracted a loyal following of film programmers, critics and audiences. Get up close and personal with the prolific filmmaker, as she shares how she perceives her own work, and find out why she remains one of the most pertinent and enigmatic names in Japanese cinema today.

Naomi Kawase was born in 1969 in Nara, Japan. She graduated in 1989 from the Osaka School of Photography and stayed to teach for a further four years at the institution. One of her earliest films, Embracing, cemented her autobiographical style of directing, focusing on her family history, drawn from the rural landscape she grew up in. In 1997, Kawase became the youngest winner of the Best New Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature Suzaku. She has made more than 30 films since, including various critically acclaimed documentaries and fiction works. Amongst her accolades are the FIPRESCI prize for Hotaru (2000), Grand Prix at Cannes for The Mourning Forest (2007) and the Chevalier Ordre des Art des Lettres of France in 2015.


30 NOV, WED / 7:00PM / 60MIN
Musician, writer and film director Herman Yau needs no introduction for film aficionados. A veteran from the Hong Kong film industry, Herman Yau’s cult status was cemented with his slew of Category III films from the 1990s. Exploring topics such as racism, the judicial system and women’s rights, among many others, Herman Yau has managed to combine social commentary with entertainment through his exploration of genre-specific films. Find out how he realises his passions, his various thought processes on filmmaking, and his observations and hopes on the future of cinema in Hong Kong and Asia.

Herman Yau is a Hong Kong director, scriptwriter and cinematographer. He studied film at the Department of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist University from 1981 to 1984. To date, Yau has written, shot and directed over 100 films, which include Ebola Syndrome, From the Queen to the Chief Executive, Master Q 2001, The Legend is Born: Ip Man and Ip Man: The Final Fight. His films have been shown at various festivals in Hong Kong, Europe and the United States. The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome were praised as “cult classics”, while From the Queen to the Chief Executive was awarded the Golden Torch Award by the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual.


1 DEC, THU / 7:00PM / 60MIN
Anurag Kashyap is regarded as an auteur for his projection of modern post-independence India in his works, using guerrilla-filmmaking techniques such as using hidden cameras in real locations, employing improvised dialogue with his actors, and frequently shooting on low-budget. Though some of his works have courted controversy in his own country, his bold directing style has found him favour with audiences and contemporaries, including British director Danny Boyle who cited Anurag’s Black Friday and Satya as inspirations for his Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. Straddling commercial and independent success, Anurag Kashyap continues to redefine the image of Bollywood cinema today. Discover the influences and inspiration behind his works, from writing, producing and acting, and how he continues to challenge and reinvent his directing style.

Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. Despite his directorial debut, Paanch (2000), never getting released due to censorship issues, he continued to make films such as Black Friday (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well as Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Ugly (2014), both of which premiered at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight. As a producer, Kashyap’s slate includes Udaan (2010), Peddlers (2012) and The Lunchbox (2013), all of which competed at Cannes. In 2013, he was honoured by the French government with the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres. Most recently, he was awarded with the Yash Bharti award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for his contribution in the field of cinema.


3 DEC, SAT / 4:30PM / 60MIN
Fruit Chan has managed to make a name for himself, writing and directing features that fare well on both independent and mainstream circuits. Famous for employing amateur actors and working with low budgets, Chan’s success has placed him amongst the top in the independent Second Wave movement in Hong Kong cinema, during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Heavily influenced by Japanese films from the 1960s, Fruit Chan’s films are a reflection on the reality of life in Hong Kong, touching on pivotal moments in the country’s history and the societal changes that come with it. Uncover the filmmaker’s own history, how he has cemented his style through his bold and imaginative works, and his impressions of the current filmmaking scene in Hong Kong and China.

Fruit Chan, born in 1959 in Guangdong, China, is an independent producer, scriptwriter and director. He started his film career in 1982 after a stint at the Hong Kong Film Culture Centre by assisting other more renowned directors. His first feature, the romantic ghost story Finale In Blood was released in 1993. The film did not achieve mainstream success, though critics lauded it. His second film, Made In Hong Kong, the first installment from his 1997 trilogy, won the Best Picture Award at the 1998 Hong Kong Film Awards along with 13 other wins and six other nominations. The trilogy included 1998’s The Longest Summer and 1999’s Little Cheung. His second series, Prostitution trilogy, began with Durian Durian, which won Best Picture at the 38th Golden Horse Awards, along with Best Film and Best New Performer at the 20th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2001. Chan’s most recent film released, Kill Time, grossed CN¥13.3 million in China during its release this year.