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Madalena Shows Love in the Shadows of Macao’s Casinos
SYNOPSIS / Mada is an insomniac taxi driver who drives the graveyard shift to ease his pining for his ex-wife. Lena has been constantly working around the clock for the past eight years to send money to her daughter and mother on the mainland. After a serendipitous
meeting, Mada offers to become Lena’s chauffeur, setting the course for romance as they bond over their nightly drives. Turning away from the bright lights of the casinos in favor of grittier working-class lives in her city, Macau-based director Emily Chan crafts an achingly humanistic love story between two wounded souls. Featuring career-best performances from both its stars, the film is also an important showcase of filmmaking talents in Macau.
The coloration of the movie can sometimes be vivid, reminding one of a Wong Kar-wai film, while some shots stand out as particularly original in the choice of camera angle. In this light, Madalena is a movie worth watching.
Emily Chan is a screenwriter, director and producer in Macau. In 2013, she self-financed the filming of her first co-produced work Timing. She then signed in Beijing Chen Ming Television Culture Media Co., Ltd. In 2015, she got her Master’s degree of Journalism in Reming University, China. She has won The Best Film program in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Film Production Investment and Trade Fair in 2014 and 2015. With her love fantasy drama Unexpected she won the WTUF Outstanding Film Project Award in the 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Introduction by Ben Ghyselinck
Kuleshov - Urgent FM
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