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She is a beautiful teenager whose possessive fisherman father demands she stay out of the sun. They live in a shack above the water in Pearl Village, Hong Kong’s last fishing community. A dryly cool Japanese artist, running away from real life, takes up residence in an abandoned camera obscura nearby. The film’s trio of outcasts is rounded out by a scrappy street kid with his ear to the ground. Each experiences an awakening in this gorgeously shot, mysteriously charged environment. All around them, property developers close in crying: “Bullshit traditions get in the way of progress!” Debut director Jenny Suen collaborates with legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle on an intoxicating and texturally rich film. A quirky, irreverent drama, The White Girl is a tropical noir fairy tale, for sensualists who believe in the power of pop songs. Kate Taylor 87 JOURNEY SAT 7 SUN 8 18:30 RICH MIX 12:30 SOHO WALLAY THE WHITE GIRL Dir-Scr Jenny Suen. Co-Dir-Scr Christopher Doyle. Prod Ken Hui, Alea Rahim, Leonard Tee. With Joe Odagiri, Angela Yuen, Jeff Yiu. Hong Kong 2017. 97min. Sales Kino Films Dir Berni Goldblat. Prod Nicolas Anthomé. Scr David Bouchet. With Makan Nathan Diarra, Ibrahim Koma, Hamadoun Kassogué. France-Burkina Faso- Qatar 2017. 83min. Prod Co bathysphere A winning combination of witty comedy and sweet natured drama, Wallay finds a young boy coming of age in a different culture. Following the death of his French mother, 13-yearold Ady lives alone with his African father in Lyon. Edging towards delinquency, Ady is sent to his father’s hometown in Burkina Faso. Once there, he is entrusted to the guardianship of his uncle, a fisherman and disciplinarian who intends to put the boy back on the right track. To do so, he decides that Ady needs to learn the ways and traditions of his family’s culture, with mixed results. By contrast, Ady’s grandmother is a gentle woman who sees in the boy a deep reservoir of grief. She offers Ady the love that he has missed since his mother died. An all-too-relevant tale about finding one’s place in the world, Wallay was inspired by director Berni Goldblat’s own mixed cultural identity as a Swiss-Polish- Swedish-Burkinabe. Keith Shiri WORK ELENE TUE 10 FRI 13 20:50 NFT3 18:10 CINÉ LUMIÈRE HEADING FOR THAT ADULT CRASH The journey from childhood to adulthood is a headlong dive into the unknown. Whatever country or culture, it’s fraught and stressful for all involved, negotiating family, love and relationships as you try to find your place in the world. Philip Ilson WORK Dir Aneil Karia. UK 2017. 13min A 17-year-old dancer attempts to contain her growing contempt towards an unjust world. LUNCH TIME Dir Alireza Ghasemi. Iran 2017. 15min A 16-year-old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother, but the people in charge won’t let her into the morgue. FRY-UP Dir Charlotte Regan. UK 2017. 8min An intimate portrayal of a family’s last day together. ELENE Dir Sezen Kayhan. Turkey-Georgia 2016. 12min 16-year-old Elene is a Georgian illegal immigrant who works at a tea plantation. Feeling threatened by various encounters, she tries to be invisible in this foreign land. THE RABBIT HUNT Dir Patrick Bresnan. USA 2017. 12min Pahokee, Florida. An initiation rite is practised here for boys on the cusp of manhood. CUBS UNGAR Dir Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir. Iceland 2016. 19min A single father wants to fulfi l his young daughter’s wish to throw a slumber party for her friends, but it turns out to be more of a challenge than he thought. YOU KNOW WHERE Dir Jackson Kroopf. USA 2017. 9min A young skater looks for a place to skate in a small Mid-Western town and encounters two outsiders in dire need of someone to talk to. GABBER LOVER Dir Anna Cazenave Cambet. France 2016. 13min Laurie and Mila dance to Gabber music, on the shores of a remote lake. Mila is in love with Laurie and she wants to tell her. Total running time 101min GABBER LOVER THU 12 SAT 14 SUN 15 21:00 SOHO 17:45 VUE7 13:00 PCC


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