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3 October 2008

Bus 44

On the outskirts of a small town, a bus driver and her passengers encounter highway robbers. BUS 44 carries a universal theme that travels across all boundaries and societies, trespassing the dark side and bright side of human behaviour.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
I have always been interested in social psychology and wanted to do a film about how people react under certain stressful circumstances. The story attracts me not only because it has an interesting plot with a twist, but mostly because the underlying theme is even more haunting than the events that take place. I intentionally made this film with a certain ambiguity of time and place -- this story could have taken place anywhere in the world. Making films about people and human nature attracts me because I feel that people around the world have much more in common than they do differences. "Bus 44" carries a universal theme that travels across all boundaries and societies, trespassing the dark side and bright side of human behavior.

CREDITS:
Writer, Producer, Director: Dayyan ENG
Cinematographer: Sam KOA
Dhabih ENG
GONG Beibi
FU Dong
Bill YIP
Executive Producers: Dale ENG & Nahid ENG
Film Editor: Dayyan ENG
Sound, Music: ZHANG Yang
Production Designer: Xiao HSU

FESTIVALS & AWARDS:
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy) [World Premiere] - (AWARD WINNER)
PUSAN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Korea) [Asian Premiere] - (Official Selection out-of-competition)
GIJON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Spain) - (Official Selection in-competition)
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL [US Premiere] - (AWARD WINNER)
CLERMONT-FERRAND INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (France)- (Official Selection in-competition)
HONG KONG INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Hong Kong) - (Official Selection out-of-competition)
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (France) - ("DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT" OFFICIAL SELECTION)
SEATTLE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (United States) - (Official Selection in-competition)
TORONTO WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL [Canadian Premiere] - (Official Selection in-competition)
FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL (United States) - (AWARD WINNER)
EDINBURGH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL [UK Premiere] - (Official Selection out-of-competition)
YING E CHI DISTRIBUTORS (Hong Kong) - (THEATRICAL RELEASE)
APOLLO CINEMA DISTRIBUTORS (United States) - (THEATRICAL RELEASE)
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (United States) - (Official Selection)



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