The Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) comes to a delightful conclusion with the closing film Happy as Lazarro. The momentum will continue in Cine Fan September/October programmes featuring the Ingmar BERGMAN centenary retrospective; a selection of courtroom drama classics, and the annual Cine Italiano! which will open on 13 September.
Happy as Lazarro, winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival and directed by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Alice ROHRWACHER, is a sweet and modern fable. As a work of optimistic magical realism, it closes the circle of the opening film, anime master Mamoru HOSODA’s fantasy of the future Mirai.
Cine Fan Sep/Oct programmes will continue the Ingmar Bergman centenary programme with “Ingmar Bergman, Faith and Faithfulness II”. Highlights include Fanny and Alexander (1982), winner of four Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film and screening in its 5-hour TV version; the “Silence of God” Trilogy, his most profound contemplation on faith, love and loss; Autumn Sonata (1978), his only collaboration with Ingrid Bergman; and Saraband (2003), his swan song. Also included is the free screening of the documentary Bergman – A Year in a Life, an honest portrait of the cinematic legend, fresh from Cannes.
For some of the most fascinating thematic elements in film – “whodunit”, the pursuit of truth, or reflection on justice, courtroom dramas are without parallel. Cine Fan offers a selection of six classics, including four masterpieces from the top 10 courtroom dramas selected by the American Film Institute – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), 12 Angry Men (1957), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959). Echoing the courtroom dramas are two film classics in the “Back to the Screen” sidebar – Alan PARKER’S Midnight Express (1978) and In the Name of the Father starring Daniel DAY-LEWIS. Not-to-be-missed are the Palme d’Or winner Gate of Hell (1953) by KINUGASA Teinosuke and The Ballad of Narayama (1958) by KINOSHITA Keisuke, two restored classics that have garnered international renown for Japanese cinema.
Cine Italiano! continues to excite Hong Kong audiences and the upcoming seventh edition is no exception. This annual celebration of Italian cinema will open with Dogman, a crime thriller directed by prominent filmmaker Matteo Garrone, won eight Italian Silver Ribbon Awards including Best Film. Opening night will be honored by the presence of Marcello FONTE who won Best Actor at this year’s Cannes film festival for his role in the film. Ferzan ÖZPETEK, director of the fascinating romance Naples in Veils, will attend the event and meet the audience after the screening. Other great films include comedies Love and Bullets and Euforia, as well as the restored timeless classic Death in Venice (1971) by the legendary Luchino VISCONTI.
Tickets are now on sale. The full programme of Cine Fan can be viewed at official website cinefan.com.hk and tickets are available at URBTIX. The full programme of Cine Italiano! can be viewed at www.cine-italiano.hk and tickets are available at the Grand Cinema.