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AN ISLAND FOR MONKERYS



44, 2003, super 16 - Color - 30

CAST:
Tatsuki TAKINO, Robert BENNETT, Samir BOITARD, Nigel HOLLIDGE, Megumi NISHIWAKI, Stephanie CANELLIS

SCREENPLAY:
Diana LUI

PRODUCER:
Diana LUI, La Correporation

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Four mental patients are abandoned on an island. One of them, a young man, believes that his long lost japanese mother can be found on this island. One day, he sees his mother running across a beach and immediately sets off to find her. The other men follow him curiously, intrigued by the youth's "visions". Unbeknownst to the men, their quest for the lost japanese woman becomes a journey of hope and despair, where the men will chase after an impossible dream and struggle with their demons from the past.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Diana LUI in an artist, photographer, and filmmaker of chinese origin from Malaysia. She lived and studied in Los Angeles for 12 years before moving to Europe in 1993 (Belgium and France respectively). After studying fine arts in UCLA (University California Los Angeles), she transferred to the world reknowned College for Avant-Garde Design in Pasadena, California and graduated with a bachelor's degree in photography and fine arts. Based now in Paris, Diana LUI works as a freelance photographer for numerous magazines in France, America, South-East Asia and Portugal. Despite working as a photographer, she continues to explore new themes and mediums in photography, oil paintings, ink and charcoal drawings, installations and short films. She has exhibited her photographs and art work in solo and group exhibits, and won several awards in the USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Belgium, Scotland and Paris (France). Her first short film in 16mm, "Four Play", was made two years ago (revealing how social and sexual hierarchies are established through the capoeira, a brazilian martial art/dance). which was in the official selection of 2002 Festival International de Films des Femmes at Creteil, France. Later she wrote and directed "An Island For Monkeys", which was filmed on the island of Brehat in Britanny.

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