Director: Mina Shum | 94-mins. | Canada | 2017 | Drama | TRAILER Edmonton Premiere! East Vancouver. An immigrant mix… old and new. We witness Maria (60) hanging the laundry,
Director: Mina Shum | 94-mins. | Canada | 2017 | Drama | TRAILER
Edmonton Premiere! East Vancouver. An immigrant mix… old and new. We witness Maria (60) hanging the laundry, we meet her neighbours, and see her exercising in the park with her charming soulful husband, Bing (65). Epic landscapes and the hint of loneliness. It’s Bing’s 65th birthday, and their grown daughter Ava (40s), her husband Jonathan (40s) and their biracial kids, baby Milly and Max (6), come home to honour him. Tipsy, Bing makes a heartfelt ode to his gal Maria, and is restrained and sweet. The day after, Maria is alone doing her usual tidying when she reaches into Bing’s suit pocket and discovers an orange g-string thong.
Maria becomes aware that the forty (40) years she has spent in Canada have been entirely dependent on her husband. She has no fiscal independence and no work experience. After unsuccessfully trying to get a job, she decides to sell “backyard parking” and befriends a group of neighbourhood Chinese Po-Pos (Grandmas) who show her how. Maria lives near the Stadium, a hockey arena/event venue. With her earnings, Maria sets out on her road to independence. For starters, Maria decides to find out what’s really going on and begins tailing Bing in taxicabs…
About the Director:
Mina Shum directs an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar — in her latest feature, about a devoted wife and mother who is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman’s undergarment in his laundry.
The idea for MEDITATION PARK came like a lightning bolt, but if I were to dissect it, I think I’ve been working towards this film since I started making films. I grew up in an immigrant household where my mother taught her girls to be independent in all ways, yet she was completely beholden to my father for every move she made. I grew up hearing my mother say: “First we obey our fathers, then our husbands and when they are gone, we obey our sons”. The dichotomy between how she lived and how she wanted her daughters to live is something I’ve always wanted to explore cinematically. I’ve also been thinking a lot lately about powerlessness. How many today feel a real disparity: economically, educationally, socially. I wanted to make an uplifting film that examined this disparity and through the actions of one undeterred immigrant hero, Maria, the audience might realize they have more choices than they think. Maria’s ultimate power comes from recognizing her own self-worth, from her community and from taking a stand for herself. I wanted to take her intimate struggle and give it an epic cinematic treatment. She fights her own encoding, her husband and ultimately her own fears to shine her brightest light. For me, she’s a super-hero to rival Marvel’s.
Age appropriate for: 14+ (Coarse language)
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival
Print source: Mongrel Media
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm
Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
10200 102 Ave NW , Edmonton, AB, T5J 4B7