DIRECTED BY: Rita Hui Nga Shu COUNTRY: Hong Kong SAR China YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Cantonese SUBTITLES: RUNNING TIME: 107 min
SECTION: International Forum
“How can we live a normal life again?” The young people can’t leave the trauma of the 2019 social movement and still protest on the streets, but the protest is no longer the same. A family try to live as usual under the epidemic, but the children can’t play in the street, they only able staying at home watching the death numbers on the news. The lovers both lost their jobs and were busy putting on masks for the epidemic. Their lives have become surviving. Their daily lives are so absurd. We always thought that Chan Tong-kai killed his girlfriend in Taiwan was the cause of the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement. Chan Tong-kai maybe be is the reason, or perhaps We know that he is not the cause. “Can we go back to the past? Can we still live a normal life?” we asked the most in 2020. With the trauma of fighting and entering the crazy 2020, what kind of daily life will we have? Does the shadow of death in the entire society come from the regime or the epidemic? “Decameron” is a film that combines fiction, documentary and history, with fictional characters, news, and old newspaper clippings, backtracking the Hong Kong history to document the present in 2020. Hong Kong has enacted the National Security Law, and we, as creators, are full of fear and uncertain. We decided the film would not list the names of the participants to protect the creators and actors.
Rita Hui Nga Shu is a video artist and Hong Kong Independent Film director, teaching at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Over the past decade, she has actively explored the possibility of narrative and has challenged more ways of presenting expression besides images and storytelling. Rabbit Travelogue established in 2007. In 2009, with the funding of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, she completed her first film DEAD SLOWLY and participated in the 2009 Busan Film Festival New Current. The film hailed as the first feature-length experimental film in Hong Kong’s history. In 2013, the second feature film KENNING WOMAN was selected into the Busan Film Festival. PSEUDE SECULAR is the third feature film, which became the opening film of the southern Taiwan film in 2016 and selected for the Turin Film Festival. In 2021, DECAMERON premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Dead Slowly (2009), Keening Woman (2013), Pseudo Secular (2016), In the Wild (2017), Decameron (2021)
SCRIPT: Lancelot Chan PRODUCER: Anonymous CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anonymous EDITOR: Anonymous
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Rabbit Travelogue WORLD SALES: Mirror Stage Films