11 FLOWERS by Wang Xiaoshuai (China) – Drawing from Wang Xiaoshuai’s own biography, 11 Flowers explores the consequences of a kid’s crucial encounter with an outlaw and renders a vivid portrait of China during the Cultural Revolution.
COUNTDOWN by Huh Jong Ho (South Korea) – An exhilarating caper starring two of Korea’s top actors, Jeong Jae-Young and award-winning actress Jeon Do-Yeon, Countdown is an highly assured debut feature by Huh Jong-ho that takes the audience through an entertaining journey through the underbelly of Korea.
THE LADY by Luc Besson (France/UK) – Luc Besson takes on the inspiring true story of Burmese pro-democracy activist, leader and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) and the tenacious long-distance bond she maintained with her British husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis) while under house arrest for over a decade.
A SIMPLE LIFE by Ann Hui (Hong Kong) – Reuniting superstar Andy Lau with his godmother Deanie Ip on the big screen for the first time in 23 years, A Simple Life is a deeply moving story about the relationship between a young man and a family servant that is handled with exquisite affection and grace by Ann Hui.
More info on this year’s 2011 selections here.