The Summer International Film Festival 2018 (SummerIFF2018) opens today with Mirai, the latest feature by the Japanese anime master Mamoru Hosoda. The opening ceremony at The Grand Cinema was officiated by Dr. Wilfred WONG, GBS, JP, Chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS); Mirai director Mamoru HOSODA; the Festival Ambassador of the 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43), renowned Hong Kong leading man Aaron KWOK Fu-shing; and Jennifer Yu, one of newly appointed Youth Ambassadors.
Mirai is the first Japanese animated work ever to receive a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Acclaimed director HOSODA solidifies all his artistic touchstones – time leap, futuristic fantasy and familial affection – into this ambitious exploration of the circle of life from the perspective of a 4-year-old boy who embarks on a series of adventures and surprises. HOSODA will meet the audience after the screening of the opening film and will also attend a Master Class on 19 August after the screening of The Boy and the Beast, his impressive 2015 work.
Equally fascinating and imaginative is the closing film Happy as Lazzaro, the Cannes Best Screenplay winner by renowned Italian director Alice ROHRWACHER. Other highlights among the 36 films presented in this year’s SummerIFF include award-winning works from the world’s top film festivals such as Touch Me Not, The Prayer, and Border; hot picks from Japan and Korea such as Hurry Go Round, The Bastard and the Beautiful World and Inuyashiki. This year’s special programme is dedicated to film icon Audrey Hepburn with films that continue to stand the test of time such as Sabrina and My Fair Lady. This year’s restored classics include CHEN Kaige’s Yellow Earth, which announced China’s Fifth Generation to the world (at the HKIFF in 1985), KUROSAWA Akira’s Kagemusha (produced by fans George LUCAS and Francis Ford COPPOLA), and Stanley KUBRICK’s meditation on war and madness, Full Metal Jacket.
Summer International Film Festival 2018 will run for 11 days from 18 to 28 August 2018. The full programme is available at http://cinefan.com.hk. Free programme booklets are also available at selected outlets. Tickets can now be booked online at the official website and all URBTIX outlets.