A chat with Flora Lau about her first feature film BENDS

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I had the great pleasure of meeting  Flora Lau while  in Beijing. We had a chance to talk about her rather extraordinary first feature film experience. Imagine, first feature film, BENDS, and screened as  part of the official program at Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and since then it has been screened at about 30 Film Festivals around the planet. 

This coming October – February Flora again will have the stellar experience of being one of 12 young directors  that has been chosen for the 4 1/2 month residency in Paris at the Cinefondation of Cannes. The jury for this selection is always presided  by a director or a motion-picture celebrity.  The selection is from first and second time short film or feature film Directors. The Residence du Festival was established in 2000 and has welcomed 70 directors so far from 40 different countries. For those of you that never heard about it, like me…it is the "Villa Medicis" of cinema and provides the residence plus an 800 euros grant per month, free access to a large number of Paris cinemas, french lessons and the possibility of attending festivals during their stay. The selection of the residents is by a jury 



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.