For the second Asia Triennial Manchester Festival, we present the very first accompanying film programme. This series of features, short films and special events includes eight UK premieres, plus a retrospective season of award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s work.
Director Brillante Mendoza is the first Filipino to win the coveted Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Renowned for a hyper-realist style that utilises the latest in lightweight cinema technology, his films depict the harsh social realities of the contemporary Philippines and tell compelling stories of ordinary people coping in extraordinary situations. Previously an Art Director for television commercials, Mendoza moved into the field of feature filmmaking in 2005, making his debut with The Masseur. Since then he has become one of the most internationally acclaimed directors on the international film festival circuit.
The entire festival programme explores the ATM11’s themes of time and generation through contemporary cinema from across East and South East Asia. On the surface, many of these works are primarily concerned with the life experiences of the old (Lola, Gallants and Poetry) and the young (Hotel Black Cat and Under the Hawthorn Tree) but each film also contemplates the protagonists’ struggles between the compliant and the dysfunctional, the public and the private.
Curated by Sarah Perks (Cornerhouse Programme & Engagement Director) and Andy Willis (Reader in Film Studies, University of Salford)
With support from:
Taipei Representative Office in the UK; Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, London
Previously in this Festival
Under the Hawthorn Tree
Under the Hawthorn Tree sees director Zhang Yimou move away from the lavish spectacle of his most recent work with an adaptation of the popular…
One Hour Intro/ The Films of Brillante Mendoza
Internationally praised as one of Asia’s leading filmmakers, this talk will provide a perfect introduction to the ATM retrospective of the work of Filipino director…
Dong Bingfeng: Artists’ Film in China since 1990
An illustrated lecture led by Dong Bingfeng, Deputy Director of the Iberia Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing, exploring the trends in contemporary artists’ film…
The Gaze Returned: Three Short Films from China
Cornerhouse is delighted to present a special screening of three key short artist’s films from China including the UK premiere of Gaze, a stunning one…
The Stool Pigeon
For cop Don Lee, criminal informants are his bread and butter and he will go to any lengths to ensure that they give him the…
Double Bill: Quattro Hong Kong I & II
A recent initiative by the Hong Kong Film Festival, Quattro Hong Kong sees established directors return to the short filmmaking, with each instalment containing four…
Post-screening Director Q&A/ Lola
We are pleased to welcome award-winning director Brillante Mendoza for a post-screening Q&A following the Sat 1 October screening of Lola.
Post-screening Q&A/ The Gaze Returned
We are pleased to welcome Dong Bingfeng, Deputy Director of the Iberia Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing, for an introduction and post-screening Q&A.
In Manila, young masseur Iliac struggles to balance his job at a gay massage parlour, where sex is commonplace outside his work, with his strong…
Hotel Black Cat
The debut fiction feature from Herb Hsu Li-wen, Hotel Black Cat tells the interweaving stories and lingering past traumas of the offbeat residents of the…