Private Project

Appassionata

Nam is a young pianist on her way to becoming an outstanding soloist. In a rehearsal of Nam's first recital, as she is haunted by a trauma caused by her mother, she could not finish the performance and failed her teacher’s expectation. As enormous stress is being exerted by her piano teacher and peers, Nam is finding ways to relieve herself, yet her jealousy to another performer, Wing, stirred in her mind. She wants to grab her mother’s attention by giving out a perfect performance, whether the performance is successful or not depends on Nam’s determination…….

  • Hiu Nam Tang
    Director
  • Hiu Nam Tang
    Writer
  • Toby Leung
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    奏嗚曲‍
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong
  • Language:
    Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hong Kong Baptist University
Director Biography - Hiu Nam Tang

Tang graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University, major in Film & Television. She has attended the 11th Golden Sugarcane Film Festival and won the Best Actress. Tang has studied directing intensive summer course in the University of South California in 2019. She has been working as an script and editing assistant for award-winning director Mr. Patrick Tam since 2019, especially for his co-directed film “Septet”, which is selected in Cannes Film Festival. She is recently working on a script with Mr. Patrick Tam, which will be produced within 2021.

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Director Statement

“ To play a wrong note is insignificant, to play without passion is inexcusable.” – Ludwig Beethoven.

For most performers, perfection has always been an ultimate goal for their performances. It is no different to the protagonist of the film Appassionata, Nam, who has great technique on performing piano. Nonetheless, performers tend to overlook the importance of emotion by giving a “Perfect” performance. As a pianist myself, I would like to emphasize the pressure of giving a performance at such a young age and the loneliness of a teenager being neglected by parents and peers. I hope this film can comfort the audience who feel lost and loveless in their path to dream, as we are all loved and cared for regardless of the result of our performances.