HKIFF Society | 30/05/2018
Although the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival has concluded successfully, audiences can continue to enjoy a strong selection of films in the Cine Fan June/July programme, featuring the works of two legendary masters in cinema and animation - Ingmar BERGMAN and Isao TAKAHATA. In addition, a selection of acclaimed cop dramas will be presented in the special programme “Beyond the Long Arm of the Law”.
Ingmar BERGMAN, the legendary Swedish master developed a unique cinema of angst and existential drama questioning the value of relationships and the existence of god. His impact on filmmakers from the second half of the 20th century to today has been wide-ranging and profound. On the centenary of Bergman’s birth (he was born in 1918), Cine Fan launches a retrospective programme entitled “Faith and Faithfulness” in honor of the cinematic genius. Presenting eight of his timeless classics in its June/July programme, the selection includes two of his most acclaimed and influential works, The Seventh Seal (1957) and Wild Strawberries (1957); The Virgin Spring (1960), winner of Oscar Best Foreign Language Film; the 5-hour TV full version of Scenes from a Marriage (1973); the complete version of Face to Face (1976), shown for the first time in Hong Kong; and The Magic Flute (1975), one of his most graceful and lighthearted opera films. Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018), a new documentary directed by famed German filmmaker Margarethe VON TROTTA, will also be offered to cinephiles for free. More iconic works will be shown in Cine Fan September/October programme.
Passing away in April this year, Isao TAKAHATA, the Japanese animation master who co-founded Studio Ghibli with MIYAZAKI Hayao, has set a high benchmark for animators across the world. His animations never lost sense of the magical despite being so vivid and detailed in their realism. In the “Remembering Isao Takahata” programme, Cine Fan showcases five of his celebrated animations, including Grave of the Fireflies (1988), hailed as one of the greatest anti-war films ever; Only Yesterday (1991), a reflection of childhood memories and the mixed feelings of growing up; Pom Poko (1994), a parable reflecting ecological concerns in whimsical fantasy; My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), a celebration of mundane life through a series of vignettes; and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013), an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, and a masterpiece of beautiful fantasy and solitary meditation.
“Beyond the Long Arm of the Law” features eight cop thrillers, including three restored classics – M (1931) by Fritz LANG, the prototype for all serial killing crime films; Oscar Best Picture In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Fargo (1996), winner of Cannes Best Director Award for Joel COEN and Oscar Best Actress Award for Frances MCDORMAND. Other not-be-missed films include Jean-Pierre MELVILLE’s final masterpiece Dirty Money (1972), John WOO’s The Killer (1989) and Venice Golden Lion Best Film Fireworks (1997) by Kitano TAKESHI. Furthermore, two restored classics, Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The French Connection (1971) will be brought back to the screen. This thematic programme is tailored for Tai Kwun, the new additional venue for Cine Fan which is an impressive architectural renovation and reinvention of the historic Central Police Station compound on Hollywood Road.
Three seminars for the three programmes will also be organized. Audiences are welcome to join these free seminars to share the insights of renowned film critics.