Leave The Bus Through The Broken Window

By Andrew Hevia

USA | In English | 2019 | 68 min 6 sec | NC16 (Some Sexual References)

 

Director Andrew Hevia travelled to Hong Kong in 2016 to document Art Basel, the city’s  largest international art fair. Hevia ended up on a journey of self-discovery as he found himself moved by the art and spirit of a city caught in political and cultural flux. 

A text-to-speech robot voice reads out Hevia’s thoughts and feelings about the arts events and people he encounters at VIP lounges, exhibition halls and artist-run spaces. While this robotic voice adds to the deadpan humour inherent in the film, it also signals Hevia’s estrangement from his own emotions as the audience learns about Hevia’s recent heartbreak in flashbacks. The result is a deeply personal study of loss, limitations and existential crisis caused by the increasing sense of alienation in urban environments. This sense of desolation is perhaps most powerfully illustrated by Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon, a city-wide sculpture installation of solitary human figures collectively perched on rooftops across the island.

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival (2019) and was part of the official selection at CPH:DOX (2019).

Andrew Hevia (b. 1984, United States) is a Cuban American filmmaker. He co-produced Moonlight (2016) directed by Barry Jenkins which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards (2016). His films have been screened at film festivals and art spaces across the world including SXSW, CPH:DOX and Art Basel Miami Beach, and featured in Filmmaker Magazine, Art Forum, the New York Times and the South China Morning Post. A graduate of Florida State University Film School, Hevia was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow, 2017 IFP Labs Fellow and 2018 Producing Fellow at Berlinale Talents.

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