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HKIFF43 Media Accreditation Starts from 21 Jan

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

Media Accreditation Starts from 21 January


The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) is inviting members of the local and overseas media to apply online for accreditation from 21 January 2019 to 6 March 2019.

 

Accredited media with press pass are eligible to attend all non sold-out screenings (except Opening Films) and use the Hospitality & Media Centre to preview selected films in the HKIFF43 programme. The Media Centre can also be reserved in advance for interviews with HKIFF guests.

 

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. With “Colours in the Dark” as this year’s theme, HKIFF43 Ambassador and Hong Kong Film Award winner Aaron Kwok will team up with acclaimed photographer and visual artist Wing Shya to lead audiences on voyages of cinematic discovery in the near-darkness of cinemas.

 

In addition, HKIFF43 will feature 10 seminal works by the legendary Sammo Hung, this year’s Filmmaker in Focus, alongside the publication of a new commemorative book. A Face to Face seminar will also be held on 30 March 2019 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre where Hung will share his experiences in the film industry with members of the public.

 


Details of media accreditation:

  1. Click here to fill out the application form. The application closing date is 6 March 2019.
  2. An email will be sent on or before 11 March 2019 to inform applicants of the result.
  3. The HKIFF reserves the right to approve or deny any accreditation based on the information submitted by the applicant.
  4. Remarks:
  • If you only wish to attend the HKIFF43 Grand Opening, premieres and other events, you do not need to apply for media accreditation. Please send your contact details to hkiffmedia@sprg.com.hk. We shall invite you to our press events accordingly.
  • You may apply to attend the 17th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF17), which will be held on 18-20 March 2019 with the same application form.

 

18/01/2019

HKIFF43 Filmmaker in Focus: Sammo Hung

HKIFF43 Filmmaker in Focus: Sammo Hung

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

Filmmaker in Focus: Sammo Hung

 

16 January 2019 (Hong Kong) – Legendary action master Sammo Hung is the 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival’s Filmmaker in Focus, it was announced today.

 

This is a well-deserved recognition for the all-round virtuoso who stands as a living testimony of Hong Kong cinema’s Golden Age and for his trailblazing career, having worked his way from actor, stuntman, martial arts choreographer, to director and producer for over half a century.

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. Festival tickets for the public can be booked online (at www.hkiff.org.hk) and all URBTIX and HK Ticketing outlets from 28 February 2019.

 

The retrospective honoring Hung will feature 10 of his seminal works, along with a newly published commemorative book. Hung will also attend a Face to Face seminar at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 30 March 2019, to share his views of and experiences in the film industry with members of the public.

 

Born in Hong Kong in 1952 to a showbiz family, Hung received specialized training in Peking Opera in his childhood at the China Drama Academy under Master Yu Jim-yuen. He later became the lead member of Yu’s performing troupe, known as “Seven Little Fortunes”. His screen career started in 1961 as a child actor in Education of Love.

 

Shaw Brothers’ The Golden Sword (1969) saw his rise to the position of martial arts choreographer which he later combined with an acting role in renowned director King Hu’s The Valiant Ones (1975). His mastery won him his first Hong Kong Film Award for Best Action Choreography for the 1981 kung-fu comedy The Prodigal Son.

 

Extending the magnitude of his filmmaking career, Hung co-founded several film companies through which he produced, directed and acted in countless iconic Hong Kong films. He also started the Sammo Hung Stunt Team to train and nurture new talents.

 

The industry heavyweight, known affectionately to fans and industry colleagues as “Dai Gor Dai” (the “Big Big Brother”), is credited for having launched the Chinese vampire horror-comedy genre with Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980). He further explored action comedy with the Winners and Sinners (1983) series, rivalled Hollywood production with the war-themed Eastern Condors (1987) and proved his chops as a nuanced actor in Eight Taels of Gold (1989).e sHe

 

 

Hung’s acting prowess was recognized with two Best Actor awards from the Hong Kong Film Awards for Carry On Pickpocket (1982) and Painted Faces (1988) – the latter for his realistic portrayal of his mentor, Master Yu. He added to his trophy haul with statuettes for best action choreography for Ip Man (2008), Ip Man 2 (2010) and Paradox (2017).

 

With more than 250 films under his belt, Hung’s versatility and creativity has inspired generations of aspiring filmmakers, making him a true icon of the spirit of the Hong Kong film industry. The Hong Kong International Film Festival is proud to honor this outstanding filmmaker with this retrospective.

 

 

 

 

 

Face to Face Seminar

Date:       30 March 2019 (Saturday)

Venue:    Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Admission to the seminar is FREE. Details of online registration will be announced on the HKIFF official website and its Facebook page later.

 

Film list for screenings:

  1. 1975        The Valiant Ones
  2. 1980        Encounters of the Spooky Kind
  3. 1981        The Prodigal Son
  4. 1983        Winners & Sinners
  5. 1987        Eastern Condors
  6. 1988        Painted Faces
  7. 1989        The Pedicab Driver
  8. 1989        Eight Taels of Gold
  9. 2005        SPL
  10. 2010        Ip Man 2

16/01/2019

HKIFF43 Showcases Six Restored Classics

HKIFF43 Showcases Six Restored Classics

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

Showcases Six Restored Classics

 

8 January 2019 (Hong Kong) – The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) will showcase six restored classics from masters across four continents and spanning half a century, reigniting appreciation from new generations of audiences.  

 

The new 4K restoration of Stanley KUBRICK’s ground-breaking sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) will be shown on the big screen, which promises an awe-inspiring cinematic experience of stunning visuals and imaginative reinvention.

 

Navigating through time is Bernardo BERTOLUCCI’s sweeping epic 1900 (1976), starring Robert DE NIRO and Gerard DEPARDIEU, on Italy's 70 years of social and political transformation.  Likewise, I am Cuba (1964) by the Cannes Palme d’Or winning Russian director Mikhail KALATOZOV is a celebration of revolutionary spirit and cinematic wonderments.

 

7th Heaven (1927), Frank BORZAGE’s silent Hollywood classic that won three Oscars at the first-ever Academy Awards, remains a yardstick for all romantic dramas. Legendary Danish director Carl Theodor DREYER’s Ordet (1955), a winner of Venice’s Golden Lion and considered by many as one of the greatest films ever made, is a triumph of mise-en-scène and arguably the most profound exploration of the nature of faith in cinema.

 

From the Japanese auteur KAWASHIMA Yuzo – HKIFF36’s director-in-tribute – is the newly restored The Temple of Wild Geese (1962), a sensual tale of love and power entanglement that continues to influence generations of Japanese filmmakers with its aesthetics of discordance.

 

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April, 2019. Details of the restored classics section and other films in the HKIFF selection will be available later at www.hkiff.org.hk.    

 

Six Restored Classics:

  • 7th Heaven (1927)
  • Ordet (1955)
  • The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)
  • I am Cuba (1964)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • 1900 (1976)

 

08/01/2019

HKIFF43 Launches Key Art Design

HKIFF43 Launches Key Art Design

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival Launches Key Art Design

Wing Shya Joins Aaron Kwok to Bring Colours to HKIFF43

19 December 2018 (Hong Kong) – The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival launches its key art design today with the theme “Colours in the Dark”, designed by internationally acclaimed photographer and visual artist Wing Shya, who teamed up with Hong Kong Film Award winner Aaron Kwok – this year’s Ambassador – to start the countdown towards the Festival, to be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019.
 
The Hong Kong International Film Festival, one of the oldest in Asia, has recently invited Shya to oversee the creation of a new thematic design. In his first collaboration with the HKIFF, Shya’s stunning artwork – released publicly for the first time today – features a silhouette set against an exotic background of intense colour palette with a dreamlike impression. 
 
“I have always been fascinated by high colour saturation and intense compositions,” said Shya. “I hope the image resonates with the festival’s new theme, capturing the essence of cinematic experiences and inspiring unchartered imagination.”
 
HKIFF’s executive director Albert Lee hopes that, thematically, “Colours in the Dark” would evoke diversity and dynamism of the cinematic world. “We want our audience to experience and share voyages of discovery in the near-darkness of a cinema, and be inspired by extravagant images and colours,” he said.   
 
As part of the campaign, Shya will shoot a series of still portraits of Aaron Kwok, the HKIFF43 ambassador, to promote the festival.
 
“I have personally known Wing for many years and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with him,” said Kwok. “He is a true master of light and shadow.”
 

19/12/2018

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival Announces Award-winning Features from Asian New Talents

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival Announces Award-winning Features from Asian New Talents

A new generation of Asian filmmakers has gained international appreciation with their creative talent and sophisticated craft. The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) is pleased to announce two award-winning works from promising Asian directors – The Crossing, winner of Best Film in the Fei Mu Awards at this year’s Pingyao International Film Festival in China, and Manta Ray, named Best Film in Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Section, both of which will premiere in HKIFF43.

 

Produced by world-renowned filmmaker TIAN Zhuangzhuang, The Crossing is the debut feature directed by BAI Xue. Her cinematic talent is on full display in this captivating tale of a teenage girl’s precipitous slide into a web of crime and passion. The film well deserves Best Film in the Fei Mu Awards, and also Best Actress for HUANG Yao’s outstanding performance.

 

In Manta Ray, a mesmerizing debut feature about the bonding of a Rohingya refugee and the Thai fisherman who rescues him, Thai director Phuttiphong AROONPHENG captivated the Venice jury with his gentle, mystic and hypnotic images. 

 

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. More details will be announced in due course.  

19/10/2018

Industry Veteran Appointed to Head the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society today announced the appointment of veteran film executive and producer Albert LEE as its next Executive Director from 1 November 2018.
 
He will succeed Roger GARCIA who has held the position since 2010.
 
Reporting directly to the HKIFFS’s Chairman, Dr Wilfred WONG, and its board of directors, LEE will oversee the society’s year-round activities, including the flagship Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum co-production market, the Summer International Film Festival, and the repertory Cine Fan programme.
LEE boasts nearly four decades of experience in production, distribution, exhibition and corporate sectors of the film industry, having held senior management positions at Golden Harvest and Emperor Motion Pictures. He has worked closely with prominent talents including Jackie CHAN, Dante LAM, Benny CHAN and Chinese auteur JIANG Wen.
 
He is a current member of the Film Development Council and has sat on the boards of the Motion Picture Industry Association and the Los Angeles-based Independent Film and Television Alliance. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Producers’ Branch, LEE has also served on festival juries in Venice, Udine and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane. 
 
“We are delighted that Albert will be coming on board with us,” said Dr WONG. “He is a seasoned professional who is recognised and well respected both in the local and international film communities. We are confident that Albert will be able to help us to consolidate and build on HKIFF’s position as one of the most important film festivals in Asia.”
 
Dr WONG also acknowledged the outgoing GARCIA, who was recently made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his film work.  “Roger has led the society well during a time of great change in the cinematic landscape,” he said. “His initiatives in audience development and filmmaker services, among others, have helped to nurture Hong Kong’s next generation of cinephiles and cineastes.” 
 
GARCIA will also step down as Executive Director of the Asian Film Awards Academy and will be succeeded by Josie LIN, the AFAA’s current general manager.
 
The Hong Kong International Film Festival, one of the oldest in Asia, will celebrate its 43rd edition next year from 18th March to 1st April.
 

18/09/2018

SummerIFF Comes to a Fruitful Conclusion Exciting Selections Continue in Cine Fan and Cine Italiano!

SummerIFF Comes to a Fruitful Conclusion Exciting Selections Continue in Cine Fan and Cine Italiano!

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.   

28/08/2018

Summer International Film Festival 2018 kicks off with Mamoru HOSODA’s new animation MIRAI

Summer International Film Festival 2018 kicks off with Mamoru HOSODA’s new animation MIRAI

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.

 

18/08/2018

SummerIFF Opens with MIRAI and Closes with HAPPY AS LAZARRO

SummerIFF Opens with MIRAI and Closes with HAPPY AS LAZARRO

The Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF), to be held from 18 to 28 August 2018, will open with Mirai, directed by the leading Japanese anime master Mamoru HOSODA, and close with Happy as Lazarro, winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival, directed by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Alice ROHRWACHER. Highlights among the 36 films presented in this year’s SummerIFF include award-winning works from the world’s top film festivals, hot picks from Japan and Korea, as well as a special programme dedicated to the legendary star Audrey Hepburn. 

 

Mamoru HOSODA will meet Hong Kong audiences

Mamoru HOSODA will come to Hong Kong with his new film, Mirai, to open the SummerIFF on 18 August. As a prelude to his visit, all four of his celebrated feature animations will be presented from 14 August onwards. The 15-day festival will conclude with Happy as Lazarro, a magic-realist fable mixing time-bending fantasy with contemporary social critique that won Alice ROHRWACHER her well-deserved award and wide accolade at Cannes.

 

Neo YAU and Jennifer YU appointed as HKIFF Youth Ambassadors

A star-studded line-up illuminates HKIFF this year. Following the appointment of renowned actor Aaron KWOK Fu-shing as Festival Ambassador of the 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43), two promising young actors, Neo YAU and Jennifer YU, are newly appointed as Youth Ambassadors. Together they will help develop young people’s interest in film culture and encourage a broader spectrum of youth to go to the movies, made more accessible and affordable by low cost student tickets. As a continued effort to promote local talents, Distinction, directed by Jevons AU and starring Jennifer YU, will be showcased in SummerIFF.

 

Star-studded hot picks and award-winning works      

A number of the most sought-after stars from Japan and Korea will also be featured, including SMAP in The Bastard and the Beautiful World; SUDA Masaki in Spark and Wilderness; SATOH Takeru in Inuyashiki; and RYU Jun-yeol in Believer. Hurry Go Round, the documentary about the late legendary X Japan guitarist, is also a must-see for fans. Award-winning films fresh from top international film festivals are also programme highlights - Touch Me Not, the controversial Golden Bear winner at Berlinale; The Prayer, winner of Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actor (Anthony BAJON); and Border, winner of Un Certain Regards Award at Cannes. Veteran Wim WENDERS’ new documentary, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, also promises to allure audiences.  

 

A tribute to Audrey HEPBURN   

Equally attractive as new hits are timeless classics. On the 25th anniversary of the passing of Audrey HEPBURN, SummerIFF celebrates the remarkable achievement of this great actress of all time. Six of her acclaimed works from the golden age of Hollywood are featured, including Roman Holiday (1953) which won her three prominent Best Actress awards; My Fair Lady (1964), winner of eight Oscars including Best Picture; and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) that affirmed her status as an enduring icon of grace. 

Four restored classics from China and Japan are among the most significant in modern film history. These include Yellow Earth, the ground-breaking debut work by CHEN Kaige; The Horse Thief by TIAN Zhuangzhuang; as well as two Japanese Palme d’Or winners – Kagemusha by KUROSAWA Akira and The Ballad of Narayama by IMAMURA Shohei.

 

The full programme of SummerIFF 2018 is now available at official website http://cinefan.com.hk.Tickets will be on sale from 24 July onwards at URBTIX. Local full-time student card holders or Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card holders with oversea full-time student cards can enjoy a special discount at $28 per ticket for all films in the festival.  

23/07/2018

SummerIFF Showcases the World of Mamoru HOSODA Festival will open with MIRAI

SummerIFF Showcases the World of Mamoru HOSODA Festival will open with MIRAI

Following Cine Fan’s retrospective of the late Japanese animation legend Isao TAKAHATA, the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) will showcase a special programme of Mamoru HOSODA - the Japanese anime master of the new generation. His latest feature, Mirai, the first Japanese animated work ever to receive a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, will be the opening film of SummerIFF, which also features four of his acclaimed works. HOSODA will come to Hong Kong for a master class, leading fans into a world of boundless imagination and fascinating stories. 

  

The special programme, entitled “The World of Mamoru Hosoda,” celebrates the unparalleled achievement of the renowned director as he blazes a new path for Japanese hand-drawn animation. Opening the SummerIFF, Mirai (2018) is his latest ambitious exploration of the circle of life via a single family. This magnificent tale, which centers on a 4-year-old boy taken by his sister from the future into a series of surprising adventures, epitomizes HOSODA’s spellbinding mix of time leap, futuristic fantasy and familial affection.

 

Hailed as the next MIYAZAKI Hayao, HOSODA attracted international attention with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), a romantic fantasy that transforms the coming-of-age story into an openhearted fable. Summer Wars (2009) continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike for its eccentric and whimsical imagination of both digital and real worlds. Produced under his own animation house, Studio Chizu, Wolf Children (2012) and The Boy and the Beast (2015) further establish his signature style – a strong sense of family ties, and the growth to greater maturity through perseverance. His ingenuity of combining realistic settings with futuristic stories has earned him global recognition and awards, placing him as one of the leading anime directors in Japan today. The presentation of these earlier acclaimed works from 14 August onwards will give Hong Kong audiences an opportunity to revisit HOSODA’s creative oeuvre as a prelude to his visit and the premiere of his new film.

 

HOSODA will meet the audience after the screening of Mirai on 18 August, and will also attend a master class after the screening of The Boy and the Beast on 19 August to share his creative insights.

 

In addition, an exhibition under the same title will be held from 14 to 27 August at Ocean Terminal, featuring his character designs, sketches of structures as well as re-created sets from his celebrated works.

 

SummerIFF 2018 will be held from 18 to 28 August. The full programme will be revealed on 23 July with tickets on sale on 24 July. 

18/07/2018

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