A never-ending typhoon outside of room 525 in Hong Kong has transposed the artist duo into an unsettling situation of digital error of 404 in the present time. Originally taking their inspiration from the concept of Room 666 by Wim Wenders, Elysa Wendi and Wai Shing Lee invited various artists to the hotel room 525 during an art residency in 2019. Being affected by the situation of social movements in the city, they began to question the function of artists, or rather filmmakers like themselves, in times like this.
Room 404 is an essayistic response to the documentary Room 525 shot by the same artists. The film marks the transition from documentary to essay, from the real space of the room to the reality marked by the most common error of the digital age, 404: file not found. The desire to express the objective truth of the situation, which drove the makers to experience the calamity as it unraveled, gives way to the doubt that permeates the situation that emerges in the post-calamity state.
by Elysa Wendi, Wai Shing Lee Poland / Hong Kong, China 2023 Cantonese, Mandarin 29' Colour International premiere | Documentary form

Crew

DirectorsElysa Wendi, Wai Shing Lee
ScreenplayElysa Wendi, Wai Shing Lee
CinematographyElysa Wendi
EditingWai Shing Lee
Sound DesignPhilandros Alkeides
ColouristJiekai Liao
ProducersKrzysztof Franek, Krzysztof Pijarski
Creative ProducersMichał Matuszewski, Stanisław Liguziński
Executive ProducerPeter Yam

Produced by

Łódź Film School / Visual Narrative Laboratory vnLab

Łódź, Poland

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Elysa Wendi

Formally trained as a dancer and choreographer, independent filmmaker and artist Elysa Wendi investigates the dislocation and displacement of memories and identities in her practice. Straddling the amorphous boundaries between borders, languages and histories, Wendi works through hybrid documentary projects, audio-visual essays and meta-choreographic rituals to explore the auto-fictional narratives of bodies and movements. Her films have been screened widely at film festivals, including Jihlava, Le FIFA (Montréal) and Image Forum (Tokyo), and awarded in Hong Kong (Gold Award, 28th ifva) and Taiwan (Best Experimental Film, 17th South Taiwan Film Festival), among others.

Filmography

2012 One Min of Breath; 15 min. 2017 1958 Delivery; 14 min. · Passaged Way; with Azhar Syukor, 3 min. 2018 Someday I will Become a Rock; with Cheuk Cheung, 19 min. 2019 Forgive or Not to Forgive; 5 min. · Stay If You Can / Go If You Must; 12 min. 2020 Room 525; with Wai Shing Lee, 30 min. 2021 Rooms; with Jiekai Liao, 16 min. · In Memory of A Dance : Prologue; with Wai Shing Lee, 15 min. · If Forest Remembered; 36 min. 2022 A Long Walk; with Wai Shing Lee, 15 min. · As I Imagine My Body Moving; 30 min. 2023 Room 404

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Wai Shing Lee

Wai Shing Lee is an independent filmmaker. He graduated from the Hong Kong Design Institute and started his own independent film works after his first film was selected for the South Taiwan Film Festival in 2014. He later studied documentary filmmaking at Visible Record and Beijing Caochangdi Lab, and was involved with Chinese Independent Documentary Lab from 2016 to 2018. His latest documentary film Family Family Day, supported by HKU Documentary Seed Grants, won the Gold Award (Open Category) in the 24th ifva Awards in Hong Kong in 2019. His recent films include Afar (West Kowloon M+ museum commission film, 2023) and A Long Walk (Taikwun Contemporary Arts commission film, 2022).

Filmography

2010 Something Wrong; 6 min. 2011 The Day After A Man Gone; 8 min. 2013 Tell Me Mum; 9 min. 2014 C:/MyFavourite/HomeVideo; 12 min. · Brother’s Room; 15 min. 2016 BBC; 10 min. · 310 Tung Chau Street; with Jo Cheng, 28 min. 2017 Family Day; 15 min. 2018 Turn-Off_Turn-On; 13 min. 2019 A Rock; 10 min. · Family Family Day; 27 min. 2020 Room 525; with Elysa Wendi, 30 min. 2021 In Memory of A Dance : Prologue; with Elysa Wendi, 15 min. · Solitude is Like a Rain; 4 min. 2022 A Long Walk; with Elysa Wendi, 15 min. 2023 Room 404 · Afar; 5 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Dates

Programme 7
Mon Feb 19 19:00

Arsenal 1

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Tue Feb 20 12:00

Cinema Betonhalle@Silent Green

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Sat Feb 24 19:30

Arsenal 2

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