The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival
Presents Gala Premiere of First Night Nerves
Director Stanley KWAN and the Cast Greet the Audience
The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) is proud to present the Gala Premiere of First Night Nerves at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre tonight. Renowned director Stanley KWAN led his stellar cast, including Sammi CHENG, Gigi LEUNG, BAI Baihe, Angie CHIU, QI Xi, Kiki SHEUNG, and Catherine CHAU to the stage and met the audience.
Following the Gala Premiere, an after-party was held at House 1881, the heritage building and former Marine Police Headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui. The director and the cast expressed their excitement and toasted for the film’s success.
First Night Nerves, KWAN’s first Hong Kong film in nearly a decade, smartly explores the disparate cultures of show business and sisterhood. Speaking about setting his story in City Hall, KWAN said, “The news that the Hong Kong government suggesting to demolish City Hall reminded me of the many times I had used the building – going to film festivals, stage plays and concerts. I thought it would be interesting to come up with a story set in City Hall, using the place itself as a background and filling it with colorful characters. I’m truly grateful to the support of City Hall which made it possible.”
The film is about a new play to be staged at the landmark building. Sammi CHENG and Gigi LEUNG play two leading actresses feuding amidst the behind-the-scenes chaos, sparking off the hidden tensions among different players during the last seven days of rehearsals, in a metaphor commenting on the dismal state of art and film in Hong Kong.
HKIFF43 is taking place from 18 March to 1 April 2019. Tickets can be booked online (at www.hkiff.org.hk) and all URBTIX outlets.
HKIFF43 holds the Gala Premiere of First Night Nerves at the Hong Kong Culture Centre: Director Stanley KWAN, writer Jimmy NGAI, and stellar casts Sammi CHENG, Gigi LEUNG, BAI Baihe, Angie CHIU, QI Xi, Kiki SHEUNG, and Catherine CHAU, and the cast