Palestine/Jordan/Qatar/Italy/Sweden | 96 min
Director Ameen Nayfeh
Scriptwriter Ameen Nayfeh
Star Ali Suliman & Anna Unterberger
Mustafa, an Arabic construction worker, and his wife and children are living apart in two different houses by the separation wall within the distance of merely 200 meters. Without work permit from Israel, Mustafa is frustrated with his lack of responsibility fulfillment as a husband or a father. Upon the news that his son becomes a victim of an accident, Mustafa makes up his mind for smuggling and however his encounter with a German photographer enlightens him a lot.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Germany/Switzerland | 119 min
Director Caroline Link
Scriptwriter nna Brüggemann & Caroline Link
Star Riva Krymalowski, Carla Juri & Oliver Masucci
The film is based upon the same-name bestseller novel. Anna, a 9-year-old girl, lives in a Jewish family in Berlin. On the eve of Hitler's coming into German power, his father, who has criticized the Nazis in a straightforward way, is thus obliged to flee along with the entire family to Zurich, to Paris and then to London. Bidding farewell to her favorite toy of a pink rabbit, Anna has undergone plenty of hardship and misery in her refugee days. However, she invariably gains friendship and golden memory wherever she dwells and the inner light of justice in her heart never fades a bit.
Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz
Poland | 110 min
Director Maciej Pieprzyca
Scriptwriter Maciej Pieprzyca
Star Dawid Ogrodnik, Cyprian Grabowski, Piotr Adamczyk, Mikołaj Chroboczek
Mietek was born in a poor rural family in Poland. In his childhood, his eyesight was irreversibly damaged due to a disease and his mother sent him to an abbey where Mietek discovered piano as his redemption. When growing up, Mietek was made a new man through Jazz. He merged his unyielding spirit into his Jazz, and won the hearts of countless audience. After establishing his fame in Poland, Mietek saw his opportunity to move onto the international stage, while the love of his life showed up just around the corner. What would be his choice and what would be his future?
The Best is yet to come
France/Belgium | 117 min
Director Matthieu Delaporte & Alexandre de La Patellière
Scriptwriter Matthieu Delaporte & Alexandre de La Patellière
Star Fabrice Luchini & Patrick Bruel
Arthur Dreyfus and César Montesiho are two different men yet lifelong friends since their boy school times despite great difference in personality and career. Thanks to an accident, each of them takes it for granted that the other has a terminal cancer with few months' lifespan. As the most valuable friend in life, each of them has made up his mind for some breakthrough so as to fulfill his best friend's wish in the last days.
Cat in the Wall
Bulgaria/UK/France | 92 min
Director Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova
Scriptwriter Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova
Star Irina Atanasova, Angel Genov & Orlin Asenov
Irina, a Bulgarian woman lives together with his brother and son in a municipal building in Peckham, southeast of London. Those migrants from East Europe are obliged to struggle for survival against high living expenses as well as the unfair welfare system in UK. Owing to a pony cat that they take as pet but actually belongs to another household and high expenditure for furnishing, all the hidden conflicts have reached their climax dramatically. Base on true stories, this mockumentary depicts varied confusions of East European migrants in UK.
Philipines/France | 126 min
Director Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Scriptwriter Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Star Max Eigenmann & Kristoffer King
Joy and her six-year-old daughter Angel live in Manila, with her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal. As so often in the past, Dante comes home drunk at night and beats Joy brutally. This time, he also hurts Angel. Joy grabs her daughter and flees to the local police post to finally get him sent to jail. Justice, Joy learns, takes time at best and is impossible to get at worst. Not without reason, she feels that she and her daughter are increasingly under threat.
HONGKONG / MACAO / TAIWAN
Taiwan, CHINA | 110 min
Director Victoria Lu & Abel Zhao
Scriptwriter Su Yang, Nate Lord & Victoria Lu
Star Fu shen & Victoria Lu
When Victoria Lu, an independent and successful career woman, proposes marriage to renowned art historian Fu Shen, they make a pledge to die together one day. But when Fu begins showing signs of dementia and asks Victoria to fulfill her promise to him, she has already taken on the responsibility of caring for her 100-year-old father and 90-year-old mother. Victoria begins to have second thoughts about the promise she made.
Do You Love Me As I Love You
Taiwan, CHINA | 106 min
Director Chieh shueh bin
Scriptwriter Fourone, Gavin Lin, Hermes Lu, Yvonne Lin, Chang chih shen, Chieh shueh bin, Huang chi fan, Huang chi hsiang
Star Cao Youning, Chen Yu, Lin Yingwei, Huang Jianwei, Cheng Yuxi, Li Xing, Lin Hexuan, Chen Yanming
Tien Xiao-Xiang is a fan of author Si-YI an Tarot cards。But deep down, she has another love, childhood sweetheart Li Zhu-Hao. Just when she sees the perfect opportunity to reveal her love to him from fortunetelling, Li Zhu-Hao confesses his feeling to her best friend Song Yi-Jing. But Song Yi-Jing has a condition for Li Zhu-Hao,that is to help three couple to date. Li Zhu-Hao, a chump, agrees to take on the challenge. But he has no idea how to accomplish it and turns to his best friend Tien Xiao-Xiang for help.
Cops and Robbers
Hong Kong, CHINA | 91min
Director Kwok-Ming Cheung
Scriptwriter Chong-Kai Chow, Kwok-Chong Chang
Scriptwriter Chong-Kai Chow, Kwok-Chong Chang
Sergeant Liji, often acting in a hot way, is not promoted by his boss Deputy Zhou despite his success in many significant cases and their brotherly affection. Rong, a newcomer that is put on the same team as Ji, works hard as he is determined to follow Liji as role model. Biao is disqualified out of police recruit owing to his poor eyesight and therefore bears a grudge. In a robbery along with his fellow gangsters Kang and Allen, Biao shoots cops to death out of fury. Liji and Rong agree to conduct this investigation, and their joint efforts will never fail.
Taiwan, CHINA | 104 min
Director Ming-Yi Liao
Scriptwriter Ming-Yi Liao
Star Po-Hung Lin, Nikki Hsieh, Shao-Huai Chang & Aviis Zhong
Po-Ching is an OCD patient, with serious symptoms of mysophobia. He has been conditioned to the endless cleaning habits in his daily life. His “quirkiness” has also isolated him from the general public and people see him as a completely weirdo. Po-Ching goes out for daily needs shopping on the 15th of each month. Someday, he meets another weirdo Chen Ching.It is fate to make Po-Ching and Chen Ching to meet each other. They finally find another who is in the same boat. Their relationship is spotless and perfect. But everything becomes different when Po-Ching’s OCD disappear suddenly. In the world of love, we are each other’s weirdos. When the love is gone, I am not attracted to your quirkiness anymore.
The Last Thieves
Taiwan, CHINA | 107 min
Director Hsu Chia Kai
Scriptwriter Hsu Chia Kai & Yang Wan Ju
Star Megan Lai, Yen Tsao, Joanne Tzeng, Eric Tsang, Chien-He Wu
An ambitious entrepreneur aims to change the economic structure with blockchain. He and his partners join Sandbox, an innovative economic experiment, and begin and raise money for a virtual currency of his dream. But he gradually falls victim to conspiracy, betrayal and greed, an ugly reality that will hit him harder than he can ever imagine.
The Story of Woo Viet
Hong Kong, CHINA | 90 min
Director Ann Hui
Scriptwriter Alfred Cheung
Star Yun-Fat Chow, Cora Miao, Cherie Chung, Lieh Lo & Biu Gam
Woo Viet is a Vietnamese refugee who wants to leave his country behind and start over in the United States. First, he must make his way to Hong Kong, but as he passes through Thailand, he meets a beautiful woman who travels with him. Wu and his new love end up in a refugee camp in Thailand, where they discover many of their countrymen are disappearing under mysterious circumstances. As Wu tries to learn the truth about what's happening, he discovers his life is in danger, and he must flee to the Philippines for safety.
DOMESTIC FILM SECTION
XIAMEN SPECIAL SCREENING
China's mainland | 103 min
Director Zhou Ziyang
Scriptwriter Zhou Ziyang
Star Huang Xuan, Yang Zishan, Tumen
Yang Hua and Miao Wei form a happily married couple living in Wuhai, a small city surrounded with astonishing desert scenery in inner Mongolia. Yet, the husband, Yang Hua, often feels stressed over the financial differences between his and his wife’s families. He partners with his friend Luo Yu in commercial lending, but unfortunately, the business fails, and he becomes bogged down in debts. One day, Yang Hua’s family, friends, debts collectors, and debtors come one after another, depriving him of his last bit of dignity. In the darkest night, he feels helpless and hopeless.
Back To The Wharf
China's mainland | 119 min
Director Li Xiaofeng
Scriptwriter Li Xiaofeng
Star Zhang Yu, Song Jia, Wang Yanhui, Lee Hong-Chi, Deng Enxi, Zhou Zhengjie, Chen Jin, Zhang Jianya, Ye Qing
Fifteen years ago, after an accident, Song Hao, an outstanding senior high school student, left his hometown and his original life track. Fifteen years later, Song Hao returned to his hometown, and everything seemed be back to calm. The reunion with his classmate Pan Xiaoshuang brought back the light of life to him. He decided to uncover the scar he had not dared to touch for 15 years, regain control of his life, and complete a self-redemption that seemed impossible.
China's mainland | 76 min
Director Da Peng
Scriptwriter Da Peng
Star Wang Jixiang, Da Peng, Liu Lu, Wang Qingli, Wang Jiwen
A comedy director has come up with an idea of breaking through his common filmmaking take by shooting a short film about how his grandmother would have spent on the New Year's day, crews recruited, the protagonist on set, everyone ready in the rural remote country where he was born and raised while out of everyone's expectation, the grandma passed. The movie has to go on，hence the narrative metamorphosizes from here...... You can't always get what you want, as a storyteller, he leads the whole crew into another diverged yet moving journey.
Tracing Her Shadow
CHINA | 100 min
Star Wu Yanshu， Ying Ze，Jun Kunimura，Masatoshi Nagas，Shintaro Akiyama，James Zhang
An old Chinese woman visits Japan to find the returned Japanese war orphan she had raised as her own daughter. With limited knowledge she follows her trail, discovering a unique human experience....
China's mainland | 107 min
Director Dong Xingyi
Scriptwriter Dong Xingyi
Star Xu Lusheng, Sui Ruyi, Yang Peilin, Dong Junzhan, Dong Haoyan
It tells us the story about the protagonist Junsheng, shortly after he is released from prison. After returning home， an estrangement occurs between him and his hometown，the place he has left for years, but he believes that he is still the toughest young man in the village. after various sufferings, he finds that the seemingly slow half-beat gap is an unbridgeable gap.
China's mainland | 124 min
Director Song Haolin, Yi Liqi
Scriptwriter Ran Jianan, Li Huiyan, Yang Weiwei
Star Chen linon, Li Xian, Hanikezi, Pei Kuishan, Jiang Chao, Yang Chenguang, Li Xiaochuan, Wang Yaoqing, Tianniu
To achieve immortality, fox spirit BaiShisan disguises as a youngman and travels to the human world in search of a divine pill. There he befriends the innocent scholar Wang Zijin whom he later realizes is the key to his transcendence. To keep Wang safe, Bai must bond with him on his road to the imperial examination and fends off threats from mythic creatures and evil spirits.