16 – 9 – 23 (Sat) 5:30pm – Broadway CINEMATHEQUE
21 – 9 – 23 (Thu) 7:50pm – PALACE ifc

1. Dam (Staudamm)***

Director : Noreen Erkardas
Germany / 2023 / 28 mins / Drama
In German with English subtitles

Synopsis :
20-year-old photographer, Lou, suffers from an anxious avoidant personality disorder. Deep-seated fears and self-doubt accompany her 24/7. In order to break free, Lou needs to end the close relationship with her friend Mina and stand up for herself.

2. As I Lay Still*** 

Director : Fitch Jean
Canada / 2023/ 14 mins / Drama
In English with English subtitles

Synopsis :
A Black veteran is sent home after being injured in combat, while her friends and significant other are still overseas fighting. As she receives news that some of her friends have died, she is holding on to hope that her lover returns safely.

3. Sweet Forty** 

Director : Annlin Chao
UK / 2023 / 15 min / Drama
In English with English subtitles

Synopsis :
Tensions rise at Anita’s 40th birthday party when her teen daughter finds out she’s gay before everyone else. Based on a true story, it addresses the family relationships and the journey of a 39-year-old closeted gay woman, in the lead-up to her 40th birthday.

4. The End (Fin)*

Director : Fernando Reinaldos
USA / 2023 / 10mins / Drama
No dialogue

Synopsis :
In the last years, Carmen has dedicated herself body and soul to caring for her wife Rosa, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. In each gesture, Carmen maintains the hope that Rosa will look at her as she used to do when they were younger.

5. Expecting (L’attente)*

Director : Alice Douard
France / 2022 / 30 mins / Drama
In French with English subtitles

Synopsis :
In the maternity ward, Céline awaits the arrival of her first child. It is Jeanne, her partner, who will bring her into the world. At night, in the entrance hall of the hospital, she meets men who are waiting, like herself.

* Hong Kong Premiere
** Asia Premiere

*** International Premiere
Running Time: 97 mins