East Asia Film Festival Ireland is delighted to be partnering with Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year for the screening of Fagara/花椒之味 (dir. Heiward Mak, 2019) via IFI@Home.
Following the death of restaurant owner Ha Leung (Kenny Bee), his daughter Acacia/Miss Ha (Sammi Cheng) learns at his funeral that she has two half sisters from two different mothers: Cherry (Li Xiaofeng) who lives in Mainland China with her grandmother; and Branch (Megan Lai) whose mother raised her in Taiwan. In order to keep the small Hong Kong hotpot restaurant open, the sisters unite, trying to uncover ‘Uncle Leung’s secret Fagara soup recipe. Based on the novel by popular Hong Kong writer Amy Cheung, and produced by Ann Hui, director Heiward Mak delivers a warm and tender family drama revealing the importance of family ties and the misunderstandings that can occur between generations as one struggles to find the right words.
‘…A good Lunar New Year Film, with its themes of family reunion, reconciliation with the past, shared food, a gentle touch of comedy and, not last, a great line-up of beloved actors. It is one of those films that makes you want to see a sequel!’ – Asian Movie Pulse-
‘A Neo-women’s film that speaks to contemporary Asia’ – Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter
The 5th East Asia Film Festival Ireland (EAFFI) will take place from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 March at the Irish Film Institute/IFI@Home. Featuring the best of classic and new releases from East and South East Asia, EAFFI 2021 offers the rare chance to engage with cinema from this exciting and dynamic region. Previous editions have included films from renowned directors including Naomi Kawase, Tsai Ming-Liang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Jia Zhangke, Hong Khaou, Wang Xiaoshuai, Hong Sang-Soo, Kôji Fukada and Bi Gan. Keep an eye on www.eaffi.ie and www.ifi.ie for the programme to be released very soon.
EAFFI is sponsored by the Arts Council.
Fagara will be available to view from 11 February – 13 February via IFI@Home.
Image: courtesy of Media Asia International Distribution.