Cine Fan Returns in November
with Full FELLINI Retrospective
13 October 2020 (Hong Kong) – The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society will mark the resumption of its Cine Fan programme from November 2020 with a full retrospective of Federico FELLINI’s works and other classics conjuring cinematic illusions that mirror today’s reality.
Organized in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong and fully supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, Cine Fan’s FELLINI 100 retrospective will celebrate the 100th anniversary of FELLINI’s birth by showcasing all the 24 films he directed – all digitally restored.
Hailed as one of the most gifted filmmakers ever, FELLINI (1920-1993) invented an inimitable cinematic style combining surreal carnival, personal memory with incisive social critique, leaving behind an enduring legacy with his dreamlike imagery and fantastical scenarios. The core of the centennial celebration is his four Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winners: La Strada (1954), Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8½ (1963), and Amarcord (1973), all acclaimed touchstones of cinema. Joining them are the 1960 Cannes Palme d’Or winner La Dolce Vita (1960) and Roma (1972), two masterpieces that attest to the maestro’s legendary status.
Starting from Variety Lights, his co-directorial debut in 1950, to The Voice of the Moon, his final film in 1990, the retrospective offers insights into FELLINI’s thematic and stylistic evolution through his artistic oeuvre. Other unmissable gems in the programme include I Vitelloni, the 1953 film that launched his trademark collision of fantasy and reality; and Juliet of the Spirits (1965) with which he experimented with the palette of color films. With Fellini Satyricon (1969), FELLINI reinvented the myth of Petronius’ work; and in Ginger and Fred (1986), the maestro brought together Marcello MASTROIANNI and Giulietta MASINA on screen for the only time in his reminiscence of cinematic glory.
Also, free exhibitions and concerts are to take place alongside the screenings. Carnival in a Dream: The Federico Fellini Exhibition, to be held from 27 November to 13 December at PMQ, features rare behind-the-scenes photos, film stills and posters, as well as FELLINI’s hand-drawn sketches on loan from Cineteca di Bologna. Fellini x Rota & Friends in Music, a concert by a brass and percussion ensemble performing Nino ROTA’s memorable film scores for FELLINI, is scheduled for 12 November at Tai Kwun’s Parade Ground. Completing the centennial celebration will be two additional events, including a special FELLINI/ROTA orchestral concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and a photographic exhibition with Campo Marzio at Tai Kwun. The Society will announce details of these events shortly.
As part of Cine Fan’s regular programme, BACK TO THE SCREEN will present two contemporary classics heavily influenced by FELLINI. Painting a surreal yet gritty portrait of showbiz, Bob FOSSE’s 1979 Palme d’Or winner All That Jazz paid homage to 8½. Inspired by I Vitelloni, Martin SCORSESE’s Mean Streets (1973) is electrifying in its compassionate portrayal of gangsters and lowlifes, superbly played by Harvey KEITEL and Robert DE NIRO.
THE GOLDEN AGE section continues to highlight the magnificent outcome when European and American creative forces collide. In the 1952 Limelight, Charles CHAPLIN used the relationship between an aging vaudeville comedian and a young ballerina to examine the intricate relationship between art and life, illusion and reality. In contrast, Orson WELLES’ ambitious essay film on an infamous art forger, F for Fake (1973), poses a self-reflexive inquiry into the nature of creation.
The annual Cine Fan Film Course will continue with the second part of GODARD, FILM, HISTORY. In a series of six lectures, critics and academics will share their insights on how the unflinching film pioneer carries on in his exploration of filmmaking. A screening of some of GODARD’s more recent works, including Goodbye to Language (2014) and the Special Palme d’Or recipient The Image Book (2018), will precede each lecture.
Federico Fellini 100 is part of the Federico Fellini 100 Tour, a series of centennial tributes to Fellini (1920-1993) coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni from Luce Cinecittà, which travels to major museums and film institutions worldwide. Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cineteca Nazionale have digitally restored all films (unless otherwise noted).
Film List of FELLINI 100 retrospective:
1. Variety Lights (1950)
2. The White Sheik (1952)
3. I Vitelloni (1953)
4. Love in the City (segment: Marriage Agency) (1953)
5. La Strada (1954)
6. The Swindler (1955)
7. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
8. La Dolce Vita (1960)
9. Boccaccio ’70 (segment: The Temptations of Dr. Antonio) (1962)
10. 8 ½ (1963)
11. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
12. Spirits of the Dead (segment: Toby Dammit) (1968)
13. Fellini: A Director's Notebook (1969)
14. Fellini Satyricon (1969)
15. The Clowns (1970)
16. Roma (1972)
17. Amarcord (1973)
18. Fellini's Casanova (1976)
19. Orchestra Rehearsal (1978)
20. City of Women (1980)
21. And the Ship Sails On (1983)
22. Ginger and Fred (1986)
23. Intervista (1987)
24. The Voice of the Moon (1990)
25. Fellini of the Spirits (2020) (Dir: Anselma DELL’OLIO)
Programme Details: http://bit.ly/CineFan2020ND