M+, the museum of visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, presents the moving image programme M+ Screenings: Home Movies in December. Home Movies explores how artists and filmmakers take personal and intimate approaches to construct identity and explore notions of selfhood and home.

“We are proud to present the fourth edition in the ongoing M+ Screenings series, which we launched at the beginning of the year. With each edition of M+ Screenings, we deepen our understanding and appreciation of the diverse nature of moving images, and the scope will only grow as this series evolves,” says Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+. On the topic of the home movie, Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of M+, states, “The search for selfhood can span an entire lifetime, with one’s family playing an irreproducible role in shaping who we are, and this serves as a fount of rich creative material.”

The screenings take place from 2 to 4 December 2016 at Broadway Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei. Comprising eighteen works ranging from documentaries to experimental films, and from artist videos to feature films, this programme goes beyond personal narratives to position the home movie as a catalyst for new ideas and innovative modes of expression. The renowned filmmakers and artists featured employ various approaches to examine identity and nationality, birth and death, as well as tradition and culture, illustrating how individual histories can reflect our collective past and present, as well as our increasingly complex relationships to the world at large.

The screenings open with the late Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie (2015), a documentary about the Belgian filmmaker’s dying mother, a Holocaust survivor. Themes of family and home continue in the video short 0116643225059 (1994), a visual ode by Thai artist/filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul to his mother, and his other experimental short, Meteorites (2007). Other notable works in the programme include Embracing (1992) by Naomi Kawase; Is There Anything Specific You Want Me to Tell You About? (1991) and Video Letters 1-2 (1993) by Yau Ching; Start from Zero (2012) by Flora Lau; Bundled (2001) by Singing Chen; and Stateless Things (2011) by Kim Kyung-mook (see annex for full details).

John Akomfrah’s The Stuart Hall Project (2013), a tribute to the life and achievements of the late British cultural theorist Stuart Hall, is the closing film. The documentary, an intimate portrayal of the celebrated public intellectual through the eyes of a close friend, expands on the meaning of family. The work also describes Hall’s existence within a world ravaged by conflicts as well as racial and cultural tension.

Tickets are available now. Programme details are available from the website www.westkowloon.hk/mplusscreenings.

Remarks

About West Kowloon Cultural District

Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and M+, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, as well as provide 23 hectares of public open space, including a two kilometre waterfront promenade.

About M+

Hong Kong’s museum of visual culture – encompassing twentieth and twenty-first century art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and beyond – M+ will be one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. Located adjacent to the park on the waterfront, the museum building is scheduled to open in 2019.

M+ Screenings: Home Movies

Venue:
Broadway Cinematheque (Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon)

Tickets:
Standard Tickets - HK$85 per screening;
Concessions (Children, Seniors and Students) - HK$65 per screening;
M+ Pioneers Member Packages - HK$145 per 2 tickets to the same screening;
bc VIP Member Tickets - HK$68 per screening.

How to book:
Online - http://www.cinema.com.hk/en/movie/special/8;
Telephone - 2388 3188;
In Person - Tickets are available at the cinema box office and self-service ticketing machines.
(Concessions, M+ Pioneers Member Packages, and bc VIP Member Tickets are not available for telephone bookings.)
For online and telephone bookings, a handling fee of HK$8 (Mondays to Fridays) or HK$10 (Weekends and Public Holidays) per ticket will be levied.

Schedule: 

Date

Time

Film (Year)

Director

2 Dec 2016

(FRI)

7:30pm

No Home Movie (2015)

Chantal Akerman

9:45pm

Embracing (1992)

Naomi Kawase

Is There Anything Specific You Want Me to Tell You About? (1991)

Yau Ching

Video Letters 1-2 (1993)

May You Live in Interesting Times (1997)

Fiona Tan

3 Dec 2016

(SAT)

3:55pm

 

Minsan Isang Panahon (Once Upon a Time) (1990)

Melchor Bacani III

Class Picture (2012)

Tito & Tita

Start from Zero (2012)

Flora Lau

Bundled (2001)

Singing Chen

Post Screening Talk – Singing Chen

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7:30pm

Belated Punctum: La Jetée 2 (2015)

Kao Chung-li

Meteorites (2007)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Dogtooth (2009)

Yorgos Lanthimos

4 Dec 2016

(SUN)

2:20pm

Shape of a Right Statement (2008)

Wu Tsang

Stateless Things (2011)

Kim Kyung-mook

4:35pm

0116643225059 (1994)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

La Ciénaga (2001)

Lucrecia Martel

6:40pm

A Magical Substance Flows into Me (2015)

Jumana Manna

The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

John Akomfrah