Stanley Kwan Special Screening : First Night Nerves
Hong Kong, China
Yuan Xiuling, a star past her prime, plans a return to the spotlight a year after her philandering husband passes away. An opportunity arises when she is cast as the lead in a theatre production titled [Two Sisters]. However, her co-lead is her biggest rival, He Yuwen, a rising actress making her theatrical debut. In the week before opening night, tensions rise and tempers flare. The actresses struggle to cope with artistic expectations, jostle for media attention, and let past resentments and grievances rise to the surface. A new film after a long hiatus from Hong Kong maestro Stanley Kwan, <First Night Nerves> stars two of Hong Kong′s most quintessential actresses, Sammi Cheng and Gigi Leung, alongside China′s Bai Baihe.
<Rouge> (1987), Stanley Kwan’s third film, won him a substantial international audience. After that, <Actress> (1991) won the Best Actress prize at the Berlin Film Festival for Maggie Cheung and <Hold You Tight> (1997) won both the Alfred Bauer prize for innovation and the Teddy Award for best lesbian/gay feature, again in Berlin. In 2001, he was awarded Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Festival for <Lanyu> (2001). Directing as well as producing, he is now one of the most prominent players within the Hong Kong film industry.
CastSammi Cheng, Gigi Leung, Baihe Bai, Angie Chiu, Xi Qi, Catherine Chau, Kiki Sheung, Kwok Leung Kam