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Flora Lau
Jury Award - Bends
  
 

 
Flora Lau
Writer - Director
 
Flora was born and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from Columbia University in New York and later attended London Film School where she graduated as a director. In 2009 her thesis film, Dry Rain, won the Best Film Award in the Hong Kong Fresh Wave Short Film Competition at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Flora is an alumnus of the 8th Berlinale Talent Campus 2010 and was selected by Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival to participate at CPH DOX:LAB 2012. Her commissioned medium length documentary Start From Zero premiered at Visions du Reel International Film Festival 2013.

Bends
Flora Lau was invited to develop the feature script for Bends at the prestigious Writers Lab of the Binger Film Lab 2011 in the Netherlands. Bends was subsequently selected for the Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum (HAF) 2011 and Paris Project 2012.

A double-character study, Bends is an exploration of geographical, financial and emotional borders as they are experienced by the lead roles: humble impoverished chauffeur Fai, who lives with his wife and daughter in Mainland China, and his haughty employer Anna, who lives a life of luxury in Hong Kong as the wife of a powerful businessman. Both characters are dealing with secrets. Fai's wife is pregnant for the second time, a direct violation of China's one-child law, and he struggles to find a way for her to give birth on the island of Hong Kong. Anna, whose husband suddenly disappears and cancels her credit cards, is attempting to maintain the illusion that she has not been abandoned by her spouse. In both cases, the ruse cannot last forever.

Bends
Bends, Flora's feature directorial debut, is a delicate double-character study showing two lives linked together very by different kinds of heart-rending dilemmas: Fai's familial desperation and Anna's abject loneliness. The film screened to acclaim at Cannes 2013 and Toronto's recent TIFF.

For her adept presentation of the subject matter and auspicious feature film debut, Flora Lau has been selected by TheWIFTS Foundation to receive the 2013 Jury Award.



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