Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

FLOATING LIFE

 

Year: 1996
Country: Australia
Run Time: 95 minutes

FLOATING LIFE

Australia is a nation of immigrants, no less so (and in a good many ways more so) than the USA, and filmmaker Clara Law is one of the new arrivals herself. In FLOATING LIFE she transmutes her firsthand knowledge into the globe-girdling saga of the scattered Chan family, with members in Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong. Apprehensive about the coming Chinese takeover of Hong Kong, the elder Chans uproot themselves to Australia to dwell with their youngest daughter, whose sterile house perched on a vast expanse of the Outback is a chilling contrast to their crowded ancestral island. Flying in from Germany to offer moral support, First Sister also feels struck by the sense of displacement, distance, and loss. "Are we not all immigrants in the world? Where are our roots? writes Law, who attempts to answer those questions in this poignant, funny, and worldly drama. In English and Cantonese and German with English subtitles.

- Charles Cassady

Screenplay
Eddie Ling-Ching Fong, Clara Law

Director
Clara Law

Producer
Bridget Ikin

Cinematography
Dion Beebe

Editing
Suresh Ayyar

Principal Cast
Annette Shun Wah, Annie Yip, Anthony Wong, Edwin Pang.

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