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Vancouver International Film Festival
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3M7
Launching our new series of inspiring cinema directed by women, and selected by women filmmakers, Mina Shum (Meditation Park; Double Happiness) has chosen to present A Simple Life – a lovely portrait of an elderly maid (Deannie Ip) retiring after 60 years of service.
After an elderly maid for a Hong Kong film producer has a stroke, he finds a nursing home for her to move into. With that simple premise, based on the real life story of producer Roger Lee and his actual family’s amah Chung Chun-tao (aka Ah Tao), Hong Kong director Ann Hui has crafted one of her greatest films.
This low-key masterpiece of almost documentary realism features big stars and nonprofessionals: king of Hong Kong cinema Andy Lau plays Roger and the remarkable actress Deannie Yip plays Ah Tao; elderly residents play themselves.
Our host for the screenings will be local industry journalist Sabrina Furminger.
Join us in the atrium lounge, following the screening, for a social mixer to discuss the movie.