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The White Girl

The White Girl

Synopsis

Director

Famed cinematographer (and collaborator with Wong Kar-wai on some of the Hong Kong auteur’s most celebrated films) Christopher Doyle takes the directorial reins together with first-time feature director Jenny Suen to pay whimsical homage to her hometown and his adopted home of Hong Kong.

The titular girl – a motherless teenager who is allergic to sunshine – lives with her father in a seaside pearl-farming village. An outcast, she haunts the seashore at twilight, cutting a ghostly figure against the crashing waves in her broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. A stranger, a Japanese artist who’s fled art-world glitz for the solitude of a derelict mansion nearby, sees her nightly peregrinations, and a tentative friendship develops between the two possibly kindred spirits. Counterpointing their solitariness, a boisterous, streetwise kid goes about the village everyday, hawking mosquito coils. On his round one day, he happens upon a secret meeting between a local official and a group of visitors that bodes ill for the village’s future.

Hong Kong lives in the snatches of a bygone melody, imaginings sparked by treasured mementos, and the textures of a present that may not have a tomorrow. At once a mood-piece, a reflection on Hong Kong, and a coming-of-age story, „The White Girl“ makes palpable the delicate balancing act of a girl growing up, holding on yet letting go of dreams.

Cheng-Sim Lim

Jenny Suen, Christopher Doyle

Jenny Suen (b. Hong Kong) studied at the University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature, Political Science, and East Asian Languages and Civilisation. Her first feature film, made in collaboration with legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle, is Hong Kong Trilogy, an experimental portrait of the city as told using the voices of three generations of real Hong Kong people. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and has screened at countless festivals around the world.

Christopher Doyle (b. 1952, Sydney) has worked on over fifty Chinese-language films. He is best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai, including „Chungking Express“, „In the Mood for Love“ and „2046“. He has collaborated with other Chinese filmmakers on projects including „Temptress Moon“, „Hero“, „Happy Together“, and „Dumplings“. „White girl“ is his fourth full-length feature as a director.

Filmography

  • Jenny Suen: The White Girl (2017
  • co-dir)Christopher Doyle: San tiao ren (1999)
  • Warsaw Dark (2008)
  • Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous (2015, doc)
  • The White Girl (2017, co-dir)

Schedule

26.11.2017
18:45 - 20:22
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 101702
Sold out
01.12.2017
22:30 - 00:07
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 150603
Sold out
02.12.2017
19:15 - 20:52
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 161303
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Forum

Film info

Country: Hong Kong SAR China
Year: 2017
Duration: 97 minutes
Languages: Cantonese, English, Japanese
Directors: Jenny Suen, Christopher Doyle
Producers: Ken Hui, Heidi Ng, Alea Rahim, Jenny Suen, Leonard Tee
Writers: Christopher Doyle, Jenny Suen
DOPs: Christopher Doyle, Tsoi Kubbie
Montage: Jenny Suen, Jinpo Yip
Composers: Lung Dart, Joe Odagiri
Cast: Angela Yuen, Joe Odagiri, Jeff Yiu
Productions: Astro Shaw, Pica Pica Media, Utopia Entertainment
Festival: London

Synopsis

Director

Famed cinematographer (and collaborator with Wong Kar-wai on some of the Hong Kong auteur’s most celebrated films) Christopher Doyle takes the directorial reins together with first-time feature director Jenny Suen to pay whimsical homage to her hometown and his adopted home of Hong Kong.

The titular girl – a motherless teenager who is allergic to sunshine – lives with her father in a seaside pearl-farming village. An outcast, she haunts the seashore at twilight, cutting a ghostly figure against the crashing waves in her broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. A stranger, a Japanese artist who’s fled art-world glitz for the solitude of a derelict mansion nearby, sees her nightly peregrinations, and a tentative friendship develops between the two possibly kindred spirits. Counterpointing their solitariness, a boisterous, streetwise kid goes about the village everyday, hawking mosquito coils. On his round one day, he happens upon a secret meeting between a local official and a group of visitors that bodes ill for the village’s future.

Hong Kong lives in the snatches of a bygone melody, imaginings sparked by treasured mementos, and the textures of a present that may not have a tomorrow. At once a mood-piece, a reflection on Hong Kong, and a coming-of-age story, „The White Girl“ makes palpable the delicate balancing act of a girl growing up, holding on yet letting go of dreams.

Cheng-Sim Lim

Jenny Suen, Christopher Doyle

Jenny Suen (b. Hong Kong) studied at the University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature, Political Science, and East Asian Languages and Civilisation. Her first feature film, made in collaboration with legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle, is Hong Kong Trilogy, an experimental portrait of the city as told using the voices of three generations of real Hong Kong people. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and has screened at countless festivals around the world.

Christopher Doyle (b. 1952, Sydney) has worked on over fifty Chinese-language films. He is best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai, including „Chungking Express“, „In the Mood for Love“ and „2046“. He has collaborated with other Chinese filmmakers on projects including „Temptress Moon“, „Hero“, „Happy Together“, and „Dumplings“. „White girl“ is his fourth full-length feature as a director.

Filmography

  • Jenny Suen: The White Girl (2017
  • co-dir)Christopher Doyle: San tiao ren (1999)
  • Warsaw Dark (2008)
  • Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous (2015, doc)
  • The White Girl (2017, co-dir)