HKIFF Society | 17/07/2018
July, mainland China. Dying to Survive, the most widely discussed film which has become a box office phenomenon in China this summer, was a project selected by HAF back in 2016. Starring Xu Zheng and other outstanding actors, the film is produced by Ning Hao and Xu Zheng, directed by first-time feature filmmaker Wen Muye. Adapted from the real-life story of Lu Yong, a drug dealer of a forbidden but effective drug for chronic myelocytic leukemia, the stirring social drama is a real tear-jerker. The film triggers heated discussions on both artistic and social levels. It is a rare critically-applauded film in mainland China that also ties with big box office success. It has already scored RMB 100 million in sneak previews and has now accumulated over RMB 2.5 billion box office revenue. The film is poised to become the biggest hit in China’s biggest this summer!
July, Hong Kong. After the film festival tour at Vancouver, Busan, Taipei, Indonesia, and Hong Kong, award-winning director Angie Chen’s latest documentary i’ve got the blues (WIP Lab 2017 project) is now showing at cinemas. It is a lively portrait about the artist Yank Wong, a complex man who resists definition, is also a painter, art director, set designer, writer, musician, and photographer. He is a true renaissance man who expresses his creativity in multiple forms. More than a portrait of an artist and the creative life, the film is also a high-octane cat-and-mouse game between the filmmaker and subject: one tries to capture, the other evades.
May, Cannes. This year WIP Lab project Ayka (originally titled The Little One) not only was selected in the main competition of Cannes Film Festival, but the actress of the film Samal Yeslyamova also won the award for Best Actress. In addition, HAF continued to partner with Marche du Film, Festival de Cannes, on the HAF Goes to Cannes program the second year. Five Work-in-Progress Lab (WIP Lab) projects The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Russia, France, Estonia), The Pencil (Russia), Sister (Bulgaria), The Sorcerer (Panama) and Still Human (Hong Kong) had a precious screening opportunity at Marche du Film to show their film excerpts to sales agents, distributors and film festival delegates. The event concluded with a success and was attended by many industry players.