Featuring: Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Runtime: 94 min
KCFF is thrilled to launch our 2018 edition with another smart, touching and highly enjoyable feature by Mina Shum, one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers. Returning to the Vancouver Chinatown setting of her much-loved 1994 breakout DOUBLE HAPPINESS – whose star Sandra Oh can also be seen here, too – Shum shifts her attention to an older generation of Chinese-Canadian characters with equally charming results. Hong Kong cinema legend Cheng Pei Pei plays Maria, an elderly woman who comes to suspect that her seemingly steadfast husband Bing (Tzi Ma) is having an affair. Her decidedly amateur investigation into her hubby’s habits soon gets her mixed up in the lives of many other people, including a neighbour played by Don McKellar. Full of warmth and generosity, MEDITATION PARK is a testament to Shum’s talents as a writer and director. The KCFF is excited to host Shum for an opening-night presentation that also includes FLOOD, the latest award-winning short by Amanda Strong, another special guest at this year’s festival.
“Shum mines her favourite theme – immigrant experience in Canada – in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force.” -Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
Mina Shum is a Hong Kong–born, Vancouver-raised filmmaker who studied theatre and film production at the University of British Columbia. Her features, Double Happiness and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity both premiered in the US at the Sundance Film Festival and Double Happiness won the Wolfgang Staudte Prize for Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival and the Audience Award at Torino. Many of her films have found success at the Toronto International Film Festival, including her short Me, Mom and Mona, which was awarded a Special Jury Prize; her feature debut, Double Happiness, which won the award for Best Canadian Feature; and the TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival selection The Ninth Floor. Meditation Park is her latest film.