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Summer Snow 18

Screened in partnership with Focus Hong Kong
Ann Hui, Hong Kong, 1995, 101m.

Summer Snow is a brave, pioneering example of a Hong Kong film taking up the subject of old age and its accompanying ailments in a serious and dignified manner


One of Ann Hui’s most acclaimed and awarded films, Summer Snow is a light, and at times humorous portrayal of the everyday struggles of the 40-year-old May Sun (Josephine Siao), who tries to reconcile her professional duties and family obligations in the form of her father-in-law (Roy Chiao), suffering from Alzheimer's disease. After the premature death of his wife, tradition requires May to take over the role of his caretaker, though overwhelmed by new responsibilities, she is soon faced with the difficult decision whether to place him in a care home.


Hui describes the tensions and attachment between people and the need for deeper understanding, patience and forgiveness, through which we can contemplate the fragility of life and the importance of family. The film won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards.


This screening is a joint presentation by the Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong. In Cantonese with English subtitles.


Supported by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office London.

Cast:
Josephine Siao, Roy Chiao, Law Kar-Ying, Allen Ting

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