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Special screenings

Ice Poison

By : Midi Z

With : Wang Shin-Hong, Wu Ke-Xi

Country/Year : Taiwan, Burma, 2014

Duration : 95’

Language/Age : Mandarin, Burmese with English subt.

Genre :

Screenings :

Wednesday 05 March 2014, 18h30

Venues :

Utopia (public)

Synopsis :

A young farmer and his father are barely able to survive on their meagre corn harvest and so they make their way down from the mountains to the village to borrow money from their relatives working in jade mines or on opium plantations. But missing paperwork, deceit and corruption have left them impoverished too. Finally, the father pawns his cow for a moped so that his son can earn a living as a taxi driver.

His first customer is Sanmei, who has returned to Myanmar to bury her grandfather. She decides not to go back to China and to get out of an arranged marriage in order to begin a new life with her son in her old country. When Sanmei accepts a job as a drug runner she persuades the young farmer to be her driver.


As with his earlier films, Midi Z illuminates unobtrusively yet unsparingly the political situation in his country. Sensitively, with subtle humour and with a grand yet minimal list style the film quietly observes two people’s sense of alienation and their fear of losing their livelihood, pursuing them to an empty karaoke bar where they allow their dream of a secure place in the world to sparkle.  (Berlinale 2014)

Director :

Born in Myanmar (Burma) in 1982, Midi Z studied at the National Taiwan University of Science  and Technology in Taipei. His graduation piece, the short film PALOMA BLANCA, premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and screened at numerous international festivals. He works as a screenwriter and director at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy, founded by Hou Hsiao-hsien. In 2011, the Busan International Film Festival screened his debut feature film RETURN TO BURMA.

Filmographie :

  • Paloma Blanca (short), 2006
  • Motorcycle Driver (short), 2008
  • Hua-Xing Incident (short), 2009
  • Gui Lai De Ren (Return to Burma), 2011
  • Qiong Ren, Liu Lian, Ma Yao, Tou Du Ke (Poor Folk), 2012
  • Taipei  Factory, film collectif, 2013
  • Letters from the South, film collectif, 2013
  • Hai Shang Huang Gong (The Palace on the Sea) (short), 2013

Infos :

Nominations :
  • Berlinale 2014, Panorama

Critics :

Simple, direct and involving, “Ice Poison” shows how the desire to escape harsh economic and social circumstances slowly drives two young Burmese people toward selling and using life-wrecking drugs. Continuing his examination of the big picture in his homeland through intimate portraits of those affected by displacement and poverty, helmer Midi Z. (“Return to Burma,” “Poor Folk”) has delivered his strongest work to date.
Richard Kuipers, Variety.com, February, 2014

Partners

Le gouvernement du Grand Duché du Luxembourg Ville de Luxembourg Centre National de l'Audiovisuel Cinematheque Utopia Utopolis Orange BGL