Asia Triennial Manchester 11 Film Programme

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)

Main Sponsor:

With support from:
Taipei Representative Office in the UK;  Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, London

EVA Air Mint Hotel ManchesterConfucius Institute

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…

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The lives of two grandmothers become intertwined when their sons are involved in a street brawl and they are sucked into the labyrinth world of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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This gripping film set in the slums of Manila tells the intersecting stories of the city’s poorer inhabitants as the local elections approach, and it…

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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.

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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.

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Set amongst the rural Aeta community during the build-up to the 2004 Philippines’ presidential election; 13 year old Jonalyn strives to teach the older members…

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The Masseur

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…

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The Pineda family operate a run-down sex cinema in the Philippines. Whilst they are distracted by their own crumbling personal lives, in the theatre the…

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Mendoza was awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this most visceral piece of filmmaking. Taking his trademark hyper-realist visual style to new…

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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…

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A cast of Hong Kong veterans gather, including the great producer-actor-musician Teddy Robin, for this entertaining kung-fu comedy and tale of respecting ones elders. Weedy…

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Lee Chang-dong's Poetry is raw and unsentimental and features a masterclass performance by Jeong-Hie Yun at its centre.

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Based on the popular Japanese crime noir novel, this multi-award winning film follows the seemingly mundane lives of shop girl Mitsuyo and construction worker Yuichi…

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A carefully observed and beautifully acted family drama which follows a widowed woodcutter as he attempts to keep his three very different daughters in line.…

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