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CLOSING FILM: Island of the Hungry Ghosts (Die Insel der hungrigen Geister)

Island of the Hungry Ghosts - Film Neu 2020
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From: Friday, November 20, 10:00am EST
To: Sunday, November 22, 11:59pm EST

Germany/Australia/United States/United Kingdom, 2018, 94 min., Writer & Director: Gabrielle Brady, Crew: Michael Latham (Director of Photography), Leonardo Dolgan & Vergas Hernandez (Sound), Aaron Cupples (Score)

In English, Mandarin, Farsi, and French with English subtitles.

Rated: G (General Audiences)

Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs traveling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years.

Poh Lin Lee is a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this seemingly idyllic paradise. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention center hidden in the island’s core, attempting to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain.

As Poh Lin and her family explore the island’s beautiful yet threatening landscape, the local islanders carry out their “hungry ghost” rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island without a burial. They make offerings to appease the lost souls who are said to be wandering the jungles at night looking for home.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a hybrid documentary that moves between the natural migration of the crabs and the chaotic and tragic migration of the humans, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures.

Gabrielle Brady is an Australian/British filmmaker who currently lives part time in Berlin. For the past ten years, Gabrielle has lived between Cuba, the Australian central desert, Mongolia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Europe. Gabrielle works with hybrid and performative elements in documentary storytelling.

Gabrielle has recently completed her first feature length film, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, set on the remote Christmas Island. The film has won several awards, including: Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018; the Buyens-Chagoll Award at Visions du Réel 2018; Grand Jury Prize at Mumbai International Film Festival; and the IDFA Human Rights Award. The film was nominated for a Cinema Eye Spotlight Award and an Award for best Sound and Cinematography at the Australian Academy Awards.  

Gabrielle’s short film The Island was launched on via the Guardian Documentary platform and premiered at the Sheffield Film Festival 2017. The film won Best Short Film at the Ânûû-rû âboro Festival in New Caledonia.

Gabrielle studied Documentary Direction for three years at the International Film School in Cuba (EICTV) where she made several short films (Broken Pants, Milagro, Fall). Gabrielle has previously studied Theatre performance.