Lau, Flora

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Flora Lau
Flora Lau

Flora Lau attended Phillips Exeter Academy and studied applied mathematics and economics at Columbia University before working as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.  She quit her job after a few years and studied filmmaking at the London Film School, where she graduated with distinction in 2009.  Her thesis film Dry Rain (2009) – concerning the relationship between a young man and the Filipino domestic worker employed by his wealthy family – won Best Film at the Hong Kong Fresh Wave Short Film Competition.  Lau was invited to take part in the 8th Berlinale Talent Campus organized by the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, but it was not until her feature-length screenplay Bends (Hong Kong Film Financing Forum, HAF, 2011) attracted the attention of multimedia personality Yu Tsang and veteran producer Nansun Shi that Lau was afforded the opportunity to make her feature film debut.  Telling the tale of an upper-class housewife or tai tai who loses her bearings when her husband goes missing and she loses her source of financial support, Bends also relates the story of her chauffeur, a young man from Mainland China who crosses the border to Hong Kong for work and a father-to-be whose wife is pregnant and plans on giving birth in Hong Kong in order for their child to obtain legal residency in the HKSAR.  Lau was able to assemble a top-notch cast and crew for Bends: the cinematographer on board was Christopher Doyle, while the leads were played by the great Hong Kong actress Carina Lau and Mainland China’s Aloys Chen Kun.  In 2013, it was announced that Bends was selected as part of the Un Certain Regard section of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.  While it did not win any awards at Cannes, the film nevertheless received a warm welcome from the press, with much praise from the critics in particular for the lead performance by Carina Lau.  The film was released in Hong Kong later that year, and Lau subsequently won the Best Actress award at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival.

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Feature Films:

Role Title (English) Title (Chinese) Year
Director Bends (Trailer) 過界 2013


Role Title (English) Title (Chinese) Year
Director Start from Zero N/A 2012
Cinematographer Random Strangers N/A 2011
Dry Rain N/A 2009
12:30 N/A 2008

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Bends (2013):

Film Comment – Cannes by Koehler: Ilo Ilo, Bends, and The Lunchbox

Film School Rejects – Cannes 2013 Review: ‘Bends’ is a Detached Drama That Fails to Engage

Heroic Cinema – Review: Bends (2013)

Love HK Film – Bends

MUBI – Cannes 2013. Double Bend: Flora Lau’s “Bends”

New York Times – Bonding With the Chauffeur

SCMP – Cannes by Koehler: Ilo Ilo, Bends, and The Lunchbox

Screen Daily – Bends

The Hollywood Reporter – Bends: Cannes Review

Twitch Film – Vancouver 2013 Review: BENDS Offers An Assured Study Of Class, Wealth And Excess

Variety – Cannes Film Review: ‘Bends’




Asia Pacific Arts – Crossing Borders: Interview with Carina Lau, Chen Kun, and Flora Lau of Bends

Eastern Kicks – An interview with Flora Lau (Bends)

Indiewire – LFF Interview with Flora Lau – Director of Bends


New York Times – Lives of Rich and Poor Cross in Hong Kong

SCMP – First-time director Flora Lau’s film, Bends, to compete in Cannes

Time Out Hong Kong – Interview with Bends director Flora Lau


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HKMDB – Flora Lau

Hong Kong Cinemagic – FLORA LAU WAN MAN

IMDB – Flora Lau

Official Website of Bends (2013) –