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  • HONG KONG 2010: 2 WEEKS STAY, 1 MILLION THINGS TO DO!

    Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 12:04AM / News / Cinema

    Once again, like every year, I’ll fly to Hong Kong to attend the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART); I’ll be there as usual as press (journalist for a French magazine + cameraman / photographer etc...) and filmmaker (will promote my new documentary “FICA: From the Near East” and have some meetings for an upcoming project) but I’ll be there also as a sales person for a couple of indie foreign compagnies, one from the USA (Left Hand Films) and the other one from Lebanon (Collection d’Artiste, owned by writer/director/producer Jocelyne Saab). I’ll stay only two weeks in Hong Kong, but I hope I’ll have the time to do everything during my stay!

    Here are some informations about the movies that I’m selling:

     

    TEEN A-GO-GO: A little film about rock and roll history (2010)

    Directed by Melissa Kirkendall. Genre: documentery / musical



     

    Synopsis: On February 9, 1964 Rock and Roll changed forever when the Beatles premiered live on the Ed Sullivan show. An estimated 73 million viewers (over forty percent of the entire U.S. population at the time) was tuned in. Teens all across America were glued to their TV sets as they witnessed a true turning point in Rock history.

     


    On February 10, 1964, it would seem that 10 million teens had something new to do. With their jaws still on the floor and inspiration stirring within, thousands of youngsters knew that their destiny lay in rock and roll. From that point on, every meaningful change that rock and roll has gone through started with some teenagers, alone in a garage, banging away at three chords. The Teen Scene was born.




    What were the teen scenes like?  What happened to these bands?  Who made it big, who didn’t and why? Why is this music still influencing young rock and rollers today? 




    Teen A-Go-Go” explores these questions and answers them through the eyes and hearts of musicians across the country and one particularly unique and influential community in Texas. The musicianship and influence this community contributed to rock and roll is both unprecedented and impressive in it’s almost “kept secret” state.  Music that these teens made in “one take” recordings in 1965 through 1968 has become highly collectable and in some cases continues to receive radio play.



     

    Through a series of interviews with the musicians themselves, industry experts, super 8 footage, archival TV footage and photographs, “Teen A-Go-Go” takes the viewer on an entertaining, nostalgic ride into the teen scenes and into the lives of the people who lived it.

     

    Featuring: Lenny Kaye (critic, musician, compiler, and producer), Ira Robbins (co-founder of Trouser Press), Billy Miller (Founder of Norton Records), the 5,6,7,8’s (featured in Kill Bill V. 1), King Coffee (Butthole Surfers), Bruce Channel (‘Hey Baby’ and Rockabilly HOF), Johnny Reno (Stevie Ray Vaughan's Triple Threat Revue, Lounge Kings), Joe Nick Patoski (writer, contributor, editor, biographer, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly), Ron Chapman (TV’s "Sump'N Else", Texas Radio HOF), Bobbie Wygant (TV critic, personality and host), John Nitzinger (Guitrist, Songwriter), Bugs Henderson (Mouse and the Traps), Rusty Burns (Point Blank), ThElite, Larry and the Blue Notes, The Barons, The Cynics, The Mods, Jack and the Rippers, The Novas, Kandy Kanes, The Excels (Rockabilly HOF), Major Bill Smith (Record Producer, ‘Hey, Hey Paula’, ‘Hey Baby’).  

     

    DUNIA – KISS ME NOT ON THE YES (2005)

    Directed by Jocelyne Saab. Genre: Erotic drama.



     

    Synopsis: The graceful curve of a woman's neck. The seductive jangle of bent gold bracelets sliding onto an arm. Welcome to the world of Dunia, a student of poetry and belly dancing, whose artistic expression is inhibited because she cannot experience desire.





    Mentored by the ardent public intellectual Dr. Beshir (played by Egyptian superstar singer Mohammad Mounir), Dunia begins an all-consuming search for ecstasy in poetry, dance, and music–taking us into the world of women in a society that both fetishizes and oppresses female sexuality. Ultimately, Dunia must confront the traditions that have destroyed her capacity for pleasure before she can experience it.



     

    Context: The story unfolds in Egypt, the moment "The Thousand and one Night" are prohibited for accusations of pornography. The film references poetry, dance and music that are at the root of the Arab nation, and that precedes its states.




    It is a coming of age story, an affirmation of identity, of the place the individual and his values hold in a society of pre-modernity.

    These are experiences shared across the Arab world, and across its social strata. The film's dramatic highpoint is centered on Female Genital Mutilation, in as much of an effort to denounce it literally,as well as use it as a platform to refer to the notion of a cultural and intellectual excision. FGM is an African reality and drama, that is practiced in two Arab countries only: Egypt and Sudan.



     

    WHAT’S GOING ON? (2010)

    Directed by Jocelyne Saab. Genre: Drama Romance Fantasy



     

    Plot: “What’s Going On?” at bottom is a tale of exploring the imagination of a writer  plus a tale of exploring the city of Beirut. The film deals with the initiation to love and the female soul. Will Jalal the writer succeed in writing his book? What will he do with this heart he steals? So the title of the film—“What’s Going On?” takes on new meaning




    Short synopsis: Beirut 2010. A writer, who regrets not keeping his promise to his dressmaker father to follow in his footsteps,designs, cuts sews and pins the “body” of his own text. His imagination is inspired by real people, for example, Khouloud a woman who dances in parking lots which are full of the city’s memories , and whose loving heart he wishes to steal.  Thus the metaphor of imagination introduced through scissors, patterns and fabric that the writer drapes over a dressmaker’s dummy.



     

    From the very first shot is not clear what is going on. What is true? What is false? Who are the characters and are the situations real or is the writer once again diverting the lives of his models for his own creative purposes, a new

    love story in Beirut?


    Sales inquiries for “Teen A-Go-Go” (Worldwide), “Dunia” & “What’s Going On?” (Asian Territories): Frédéric Ambroisine. French mobile: +33 6 61 89 94 73. Hong Kong Mobile (from March 21st to April 5th, 2010): +852 9752 1282. E-mail: [email protected]

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  • KUMITE: THE LOST ISSUE

    Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 11:30PM / Information / Asian Cinema

    This is the cover of the last unreleased issue of the French magazine Kumite. It was supposed to be released in March 2008 but it never happened and the mag was not even printed for the journalists who wrote in it.



    Featuring articles on “Mad Detective 神探”, “Lost in Beijing 苹果”, “Saigon Eclipse / Sài Gòn nht thc”, “The Butcher 도살자”, The 2007 Pusan International Film Festival + interviews of Li Yu 李玉, Othello Khanh, Kim Jin-won 김진원, Xu Jing-lei 徐靜蕾, Ching Siu-tung 程小東, Peter Chan 陳可辛, Feng Xiao-gang , Im Kwon-taek임 권택,  Royston Tan, Gan Jae-Rim 한 재림, Hiroyuki Sanada , Jackie Chan 成龍, Kim Sung-su 김성수, Jung Woo-sung 정우성 & Ringo Lam 林岭.

     

    Frédéric Ambroisine (Feb. 23rd, 2010)


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  • JOSIE HO "DREAM HOME" INTERVIEW: PSYCHO KILLING PARTY!

    Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 10:41PM / News / Action Queens

    "Dream Home": Beneath the soft, romantic title lurks what might possibly be the craziest, bloodiest slasher film ever made in Hong Kong!


    "Dream Home" poster designed by Josie Ho

    Produced, directed and written by the rebellious and prolific Pang Ho-cheung ("You Shoot I Shoot", "Men Suddenly In Black"), who doesn’t give a damn that its sexual and violent content guarantees it won’t be shown in Mainland China, "Dream Home" had an unparalleled $4 million production budget (amazing, considering the current Hong Kong cinema crisis) and is also the first movie produced and financed by 852 Films, a company co-founded by "Dream Home" lead actress Josie Ho.


    Josie Ho & Pang Ho-cheung

    While involved in her role as a young, hard working woman willing to do anything to have her own apartment, Josie Ho revealed to Action Queens some exclusive information and gruesome anecdotes about her work on the movie, both in front of and behind the camera. Let the massacre begin!...



    Frederic Ambroisine: Tell me about the company that you founded, 852 Films.

    Josie Ho: 852 Films is a film company I recently formed with my husband, Conroy Chan, and my manager in the States, Andrew Ooi. Our goal is to produce commercial films in Hong Kong that are more youthful, and edgier. We feel that Hong Kong produces a lot of films but it lacks edgy films, so we would really like to show people what we can do. We’d like to push our culture forward and be able to open up everyone’s view...


    Josie Ho goes nuts in "Dream Home" (HK release date: May 13th, 2010)

    Read the whole interview on actionqueens.com



    Frédéric Ambroisine (Feb. 13th, 2009)

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  • SCREENINGS OF MY DOCUMENTARY AT THE VESOUL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL + 2010 LINE UP!

    Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 8:38PM / Event / Asian Cinema

    I’m finishing up editing a 52-minute documentary called “FICA: Du Proche au Moyen Orient” (FICA: From the Near East to the Far East).  FICA stands for the Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie (Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema), the oldest European Asian Cinema festival. 



    Opening ceremony of the 15th edition



    Indian music concert  feat. Paban das Baul



    Lebanese directors Milka Assaf & Joana Hadjithomas



    Director Zhou Hongbo & the students of Inalco (Oriental languages)


    The documentary, shot in February 2009 – 39 hours of footage in 8 days! - during the 15th annual festival, will be screened twice (on Janury 29th and February 1st, 2010) at the 16th festival.


    The French-Taiwanese connection


    Taiwanese pop-star Van Fan 范逸臣and some fans


    Presenting "Cape No. 7 海角七號"

     

    FICA: Du Proche au Moyen Orient” will be screened in the documentary section along with seven others, but out of competition (which is logical) on Jan. 29th & Jan. 30th, 2010.

     

    Multi-ward winning iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria


    High School students Jury



    Party time


    The 16th annual Vesoul Asian Film Festival begins January 26th and ends February 2nd, 2010. 80 movies will be screened! It opens with Wang Quan'an’s “Weaving Girl” 纺织姑娘” (2009) and closes with Cai Ning's “Season of the Horse” (2006).


    Check out the line-up below & Best wishes for 2010 to everyone!

     

    Competition - Feature Films

    China: COW鬥牛 - Guan Hu管虎


    Hong Kong: NIGHT AND FOG 天水圍的夜與霧 - Ann Hui 許鞍華


    Korea: ANIMAL TOWN애니멀 타운 - Jeon Kyu-Hwan전규환

    India: THE DAMNED RAIN (GABHRICHA PAUS) - Satish Manwar

    Indonesia: JAMILA AND THE PRESIDENT - Ratna Sarumpaet

    Iran: FRONTIER BLUES - Babak Jalali


    Philippines: THE PAWNSHOP (SANGLAAN) - Milo Sogueco 

    Taiwan: NO PUEDO VIVIR SIN TI不能沒有你 - Leon Dai戴立忍 

    Turkey: İNCIR ÇEKIRDEGI (DES VIES SANS VALEUR) - Selda Çiçek



    COMPETITION - DOCUMENTARIES

    Afghanistan - France : LE JOUEUR DE CERF VOLANT - Jean-Paul Mignot

    Cambodia - France : TOURS D’EXIL - Jenny Teng

    India: SUPERMEN OF MALEGAON - Faiza Ahmad Khan 


    Indonesia: EFFORTS FOR LOVE - Ani Ema Susanti

    WHAT’S THE POINT - Iwan Setiawan & Muhammad Ichsan

    Iran : 7 FEMMES - Sara Rastegar

    Taiwan : TIBET, TAIPEI - Wu Mi-sen

    Vietnam - France : LA VIE SOMBRE TROIS FOIS… - Xuân Lan Guyot

    DOCUMENTARY (OUT OF COMPETITION)

    France : FICA : DU PROCHE A L’EXTREME-ORIENT - Frédéric Ambroisine


    TRIBUTE TO ÖMER KAVUR

    1974 : YATIK EMINE - EMINE, COUCHE TOI LA 

    1978 : USUF ILE KENAN - LES GAMINS D’ISTANBUL

    1981 : KIRIK BIR ASK HIKAYESI - UNE HISTOIRE D’AMOUR AMER

    1981 : AH GÜZEL ISTANBUL - AH LA BELLE ISTANBUL 


    1982 : GÖL - LE LAC 

    1985 : KÖREBE – COLIN-MAILLARD

    1985 : AMANSIZ YOL (DESPERATE ROAD) - LA ROUTE DESESPEREE

    1987 : GECE YOLCULUGU – LE VOYAGE DE NUIT

    1987 : ANAYURT OTELI (MOTHERLAND HOTEL) – L’HOTEL DE LA MERE PATRIE  

    1991 : GIZLI YÜZ (THE SECRET FACE) - LE VISAGE SECRET 

    1995 : BULUSMA – RETROUVAILLES 

    1996 : AKREBIN YOLCULUGLU (CLOCK TOWER) – LA TOUR DE L’HORLOGE 

    2000 : MELEKLER EVI - LA MAISON DES ANGES


    2003 : KARSILASMA (ENCOUNTER) – LA RENCONTRE

    FOCUS ON TAIWAN CINEMA

     

    1956 : JOURNEY TO GUAN SHAN a.k.a. OVER THE ROLLING HILLS關山行  - Wen Yi易文

    1962 : PAST LOVE CONTINUED 舊情綿綿 – Shao Luo-hui邵羅輝

    1963 : OYSTER GIRL蚵女 - Lee Chia李嘉, Lee Hsing李行


    1976 : POSTERITY AND PERPLEXITY碧雲天 - Lee Hsing李行

    1983 : THAT DAY ON THE BEACH海灘的一天 - Edward Yang楊德昌

    1989 : CITY OF SADNESS悲情城市 - Hou Hsiao-hsien侯孝賢

    1991 : FIVE GIRLS AND A ROPE五個女子和 - Yeh Hung-wei葉鴻偉

    1995 : SUPER CITIZEN KO超級大國民 - Wan Jen萬仁

    1997 : MURMUR OF YOUTH 美麗在唱歌 - Lin Cheng-sheng林正盛

    2000 : YIYI一一 - Edward Yang楊德昌

    2000: HIDDEN WHISPER小百無禁忌 - Vivian Chang章蕙蘭


    2001 : BETELNUT BEAUTY愛你愛我 - Lin Cheng-sheng 林正盛

    2002 : BLUE GATE CROSSING 藍色大門 - Yee Chih-yen 易智言

    2003 : GOODBYE DRAGON INN 不散 - Tsai Ming-liang 蔡明亮

    2007 : LUST, CAUTION , - Ang Lee  李安


    2007: SOUL OF A DEMON 蝴蝶 - Chang Tso-chi 張作驥

    2008 : PARKING 停車 - Chung Mong-hong 鍾孟宏

    2008: GOD MAN DOG   流浪神狗人 - Singing Chen 陳芯宜

    FRENCH-SPEAKING ASIA: VIETNAMESE INDIE FILMMAKERS

    BAN TOI – MON AMI - Trinh Le Van

    CHI DUNG - MADAME DONG - Dao Ba Son

    CHU BE « CU-LI » - LE PETIT COOLIE - Pham Nhue Giang

    HANOI CO CAU LONG BIEN – A HANOI, IL Y A LE PONT LONG BIEN - Pham Cuong

    KHOE MUON – CRYING FOR HIRE - Phuong Lan

    NGUOI O TRAN – THE HALF NAKED MAN - Phuong Lan

    LOVE MAN, LOVE WOMAN - Nguyen Trinh Thi


    FOCUS: MAN AND  NATURE

    Bhutan : MILAREPA: MAGICIAN, MURDERER, SAIN (LA VOIE DU BONHEUR) - Neten Chokling – 2006

    China : KEKEXILI (THE MOUNTAIN PATROL) 可可西里- Lu Chan 陸川– 2005


    China: MONGOLIAN PING PONG綠草地 - Ning Hao寧浩 – 2005

    China: SEASON OF THE HORSE季风中的马Cai Ning寧才- 2005

    China: STILL LIFE三峽好人 - Jia Zhang-ke賈樟柯- 2006

    Korea : DESERT DREAM (HYAZGAR)- Zhang Lu - 2007

    India : DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST (ARANYER DIN RATRI ARANYER DIN RATRI ) - Satyajit Ray সত্যজিত রায় - 1970

    India : A RIVER CALLED TITASH (TITASH EKTI NADIR NAAM) - Ritwik Ghatak – 1973

    India : THE WARRIOR - Asif Kapadia - 2001


    Japan : THE NAKED ISLAND裸の島 - Kaneto Shindô新藤 兼人 - 1960

    Japan/Russia : DERSU UZALA Дерсу Узала - Akira Kurosawa黒澤 – 1975

    Kazakhstan : OULTOUGAN - Yedigué Bosylbaiev – 1990  

    Russia (Siberia) : URGA - Nikita Mikhalkov - 1991

    Turkmenistan : KARAKOUM 45° A L’OMBRE - Khojakuli Narliev – 1982

    Turkey : CLOUDS OF MAY (MAYIS SIKINTISI)  - Nuri Bilge Ceylan – 2000

    Vietnam : THE SAWYERS (NHUNG NGUOI THO XE) - Vuong Duc - 1998

    Vietnam : BUFFALO BOY (MUA LEN TRAU) - Nghiem Minh Nguyen Vô – 2003


    WESTERN VIEW OF ASIA

    UK : THE JUNGLE BOOK - Zoltan Korda – 1942


    Austria: ÜBER WASSER (ABOUT WATER) - Udo Maurer- 2007


    JAPANIMATION NIGHT

    Japan : EVANGELION1.0 YOU ARE(NOT) ALONE ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版: 序 - Hideaki Anno 庵野秀明 (2007)


    Japan: SWORD OF THE STRANGER ストレンヂア 無皇刃譚 - Masahiro Andō (2007)

     

    KIDS’ AFTERNOON

    China : LA BOUTIQUE DES PANDAS - Shen Zuwei, Zhou Keqin (1979)


    Japan : PANDA! GO PANDA!  パンダ・コパンダ - Isao Takahata 高畑 勲 (1972)


    Iran : MOOSHAK-E KAGHAZI (PAPER AIRPLANES) - Farhad Mehranfar (1997)

    16th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema ; Jan. 26th-Feb. 3rd, 2010 http://www.cinemas-asie.com/

    Frédéric Ambroisine (Jan. 16th, 2010)

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: CARRIE NG RULES IN “RED NIGHTS”!

    Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009 7:45AM / News / Hong Kong Cinema

    Today I had the chance to attend the very first (early) 35 mm screening of “Red Nights” a.k.a. “Les Nuits Rouges du Bourreau de Jade”, a fetish-mystery-thriller directed by Frenchies Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud (scripwriters of Johnnie To’s “Running Out Of Time”) and starring Hong Kong goddess Carrie Ng 吳家麗 (“Naked Killer”).  Also appearing are: French celebrity Frédérique Bel (“Vilaine”), French newcomer Carole Brana, French-Chinese-Vietnamese TVB actor Stephen Wong Cheung-Hing 黃長興, Taiwanese veteran Jack Kao 高捷 (Hou Hsiao Hsien movies, “Shinjuku Incident”) and two AnD artists: Tony Ho 何華超, who plays a cop, and the lovely Maria Chen 陳霽平, who has a very very very memorable scene with Carrie Ng.

    Carrie Ng & Stephen Wong in "Red Nights" (2010)

    Red Nights” Cinematography by Ng Man-ching伍文拯 (“Infernal Affairs II & III”, “Initial D”); Editing by Sébastien Prangère (“Silent Hill”, “Martyrs”); Art direction by Horace Ma馬光榮 (“Rouge”, “Fist of Legend”, “One Nite in Mongkok”, “Three Kingdoms: Ressurection of the Dragon”); and  Music by Willie & Alex Cortés (“Eden Log”, “Martyrs”).

    Carrie Ng and her Fingers of Doom

    I can’t give away anything about the movie since it was a private screening but I’ll share some “safe” information and some information that the directors gave me on the movie set last March in Hong Kong. The main action takes place in Hong Kong. The characters speak French, Cantonese and Mandarin (Generally each actor or actress speaks his/her native language, but Maria Chen speaks some French as well!).

    Maria Chen, on the set of "Red Nights"

    Red Nights” is a thriller in which women rule and are really bad-ass, especially Carrie Ng, who gives one of her best performances in a long long time (The movie was obviously written for her). There are some Cantonese Opera scenes (with Stephen Wong as an opera actor) and there are some very brutal murders and vicious S&M scenes (no detail, but they’re quite original). There are also many shots of women’s feet (with or without high heels).  The movie’s visuals are awesomely beautiful (reminds me of some gialli or Japanese 70’s movies like the Sasori/Scorpion series).

    Carrie Ng, on the set of "Red Nights" (2009)

    The following summary from the Films Distribution website is not really a synopsis of “Red Nights” (a contemporary movie, not a period piece), but is more a description of what happens in the Opera scenes.  It also gives information about the jade skull everybody is looking for in the movie:

     During the reign of the first emperor of China, an ingenious torturer concocted an elixir that paralysed its victim's limbs, while increasing the sensitivity of their nerve endings tenfold. Kept in a jade skull, the elixir could provoke sensations in infinite variations - everything from erotic caresses to appalling lacerations. Haunted by the desire to experience the extreme sensations caused by the elixir, the executioner kills himself with his own poison, intensifying his death experience. His pursuers never found the skull, which had been concealed within a large imperial seal. But the curse of the jade skull, responsible for its creator's death, will endure within the seal, bringing misfortune to all of those who possess it. Until today...”

    Carrie Ng, on the set of "Red Nights" (2009)

    Red Nights” will be initially released in France (probably between June and August 2010) by La Fabrique de Films, and Films Distribution will take care of the international sales. 2010 will be poisonous!

    Frédéric Ambroisine (Dec. 21st, 2009)


    Photos (Behind the - Opera - scenes): ON THE SET OF "RED NIGHTS" WITH CARRIE NG

    Related entry: ON THE SET OF A HONG KONG/FRENCH FETISH MYSTERY THRILLER (WITH SOME CANTONESE OPERA IN IT!)

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  • Frederic Ambroisine is a Hong Kong cinema expert and documentary director who has made over 140 DVD bonus features for film distribution companies in France, the UK, the USA and Germany...

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