Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival
Awards and festivals
A light, humorous portrayal of everyday struggles of the 40-year old May Sun (Josephine Siao), who tries to reconcile her professional duties and family obligations. The troubles at home revolve around the health of her father-in-law, suffering from Alzheimer's disease. After a premature death of his wife, the tradition requires Mary to take over the role of the caretaker. Overwhelmed by new responsibilities, the woman faces a difficult choice of putting the father-in-law in a home and going against the traditional values.
The year it was made, "Summer Snow" was a brave, pioneering example of a Hong Kong film taking up the subject of old age and its accompanying ailments in a serious, dignified manner. The same theme will resonate as powerfully two decades later in "A Simple Life."
"Summer Snow," praised both by the critics and the audience, is the director's most award-winning film to date. It won Best Picture at the prestigious Golden Horse Awards, and Hong Kong Film Awards. Outside of Asia, it was also presented at the 45th Berlinale, where Josephine Siao won the Silver Bear, and the film received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
Born in 1947 in Manchuria. Graduate of the University of Hong Kong and London Film School. Director, screenwriter, producer, actress. One of the leading filmmakers of the Hong Kong new wave. Praised for works taking up controversial social issues, especially her Vietnam Trilogy.
1979 Tajemnica / Fung gip / The Secret
1982 Boat People. Uchodźcy z Wietnamu / Tau ban no hoi / Boat People
1990 Ke tu qui hen / Song of the Exile
1995 Letni śnieg / Nu ren si shi / Summer Show
1999 Qian yan wan yu / Ordinary Heroes
2008 Tacy jesteśmy / Tin Shui Wai dik yat yu ye / The Way We Are
2009 Noc i mgła / Tin Shui Wai dik ye yu mo / Night and Fog
2011 Proste życie / Tao jie / A Simple Life
2014 Złoty wiek / Huang jin shi dai / The Golden Era
2017 Nadejdzie nasz czas / Ming yue ju shi you / Our Time Will Come