In a short film, entitled Everything, we encounter aspirations of luxury, the fantasies of the early stages of consumerism pictured by Gustave Flaubert in his novel Madame Bovary. 150 years after publication, some of its tropes find resonance in contemporary Hong Kong. The image of the city, marked by the presence of the peak and represented through archival footage, is offset by a different texture, that of the building blocks of typeface, which allow sharing through language. The evocative repetition of composing the script on the letterpress creates a counterpoint to the seduction of the narrator’s voice. Sopken in Cantonese with English intertitles.
The film was made as part of Cinema Island project for Urban Sense exhibition at K11 in Hong Kong. Cinema structure was specially designed by architect Colin Fournier. Exploring new forms of engagement with the public, Cinema Island tests the boundaries of the local, of the material and immaterial, reflecting upon existing and imagined economies of desire.