Focus Hong Kong co-curators and organisers Andy Heskins and James Mudge introduce the festival, discussing their curating process, inspirations and plans for the future.
Lai-kuen is a lounge singer on Temple Street. Her son Ka-ki, now a university student, returns to Hong Kong for just a few days after emigrating to Canada with his father. Lai-kuen’s colleague Jie has to work overnight and enlists Lai Kuen’s help to take care of her young son. During the sleepless night, Lai-kuen and Ka-ki relive their past and envisage their future through another mother and son pair. Under the bright sun, the cycle of life and family relationships continue, made all the more touching by the nuanced moments of care and concern between each other. Sham Ka-ki of Weeds On Fire plays the son, with a tender and layered performance full of subtlety.