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Minsan Isang Panahon (Once Upon a Time) / Class Picture / Start from Zero / Bundled

3 Dec (Sat), 3:55pm

Post screening conversation with director Singing Chen and M+ former Associate Curator, Moving Image, Yung Ma

Due to the technical issue, the movie Bundled is only Chinese subtitled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Minsan Isang Panahon (Once Upon a Time, 1990)
5 min, Digital, Philippines

The director experimented with optical printing using his childhood Super 8 home movies and hand-coloured film. He created this work during the influential Christoph Janetzko workshops, conducted in 1989 and 1990, in collaboration with Mowelfund Film Institute, Goethe-Institut, and the Philippine Information Agency.

Melchor Bacani III (Philippines, b. 1964) is a director who lives and works in Manila. In his films, he skilfully uses found footage to examine the fixed meanings and connections between images.
Class Picture (2012)
4 min, 35mm, Philippines

Shot on a single roll of expired 16mm film, this video—which plays on the idea of still images—evokes faded memories, and injects lyricism and humour into the archetypal class picture, alongside the fleeting sound of waves crashing on a beach.

Tito & Tita is a group of young Filipino artists who draw on experimental methods such as symbolism and surrealism to explore the possibilities of film.
Start from Zero (2012)
57 min, Cantonese with English subtitles, Digital, Hong Kong and Denmark

A funeral leads a young woman into a maelstrom of memories, from her life in British-colonial Hong Kong to the previous generation’s escape from the Cultural Revolution. These memories in turn lead to an anticipation of the future. The director utilises empty shots to create a distinctive visual language. Paired with the protagonist’s voice-over, these shots create an imaginative space that is both intimate and detached. The result is a sinuous account of the interwoven historical threads that connect the individual to the city.

Flora Lau (Hong Kong) is a photographer and director whose works explore the nooks and crannies of society in a highly contemporary context. She uses her lens to examine intricate and nuanced relationships between people and between individuals and society.
Bundled (2001)
78 min, Taiwanese and Mandarin with Chinese subtitles, Digital, Taiwan

Ah Ming, an elderly homeless man, inadvertently picks up a V8 camcorder, which contains footage of a harmonious and happy family. He gradually becomes obsessed with the footage, telling people that the family is his own. Nobody believes him until he meets Wen Ping, a journalist, who interviews him along with his fellow transients, drawing the group of aimless drifters into a life that blends dream with reality.

Singing Chen (Taiwan, b. 1974) is a Taipei-based director. Her works, influenced by the arts and the humanities, express her long-term observations of contemporary society while presenting profound depictions of her characters and their life circumstances.

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