Opening Film: Spacked Out(17th Fresh Wave)
Cookie, Sissy, Banana, and Bean-curd come from dysfunctional families in Tuen Mun. The rebellious young girls defy social norms and would have casual sex and abort at the age of 13, attempt self-harm or suicide, take drugs rather than go to school. Totally edgy, entirely non-judgmental, provocative and uncompromising, Spacked Out, starring a full cast of amateur youths, is shocking, intimate and compassionate at the same time. Criminally overlooked and underrated at the time of its release, and grossing only a meagre 1.3 million Hong Kong Dollars, Spacked Out is not only the best of LAU’s remarkable career, but undoubtedly a masterpiece of contemporary Hong Kong cinema. The Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival is showing it as the Opening Film of its 17th edition for its daring spirit and innovative filmmaking, hopefully to bring inspiration to the new generation of young filmmakers.
Note: The film will be shown in 35mm film format and will soon be released on Blu-ray in a remastered version by the US-based Kani Releasing.