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HKIFF43 Kicks Off with World Premiere of Bodies at Rest

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

Kicks Off with World Premiere of Bodies at Rest

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) kicks off tonight with the world premiere of Renny HARLIN’s Chinese language crime thriller Bodies at Rest at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 

Joining HARLAN and his main cast of Nick CHEUNG, Richie JEN, Carlos CHAN, Roger KWOK, and Ron NG at a glittering opening ceremony for the 15-day, 230-film cinematic extravaganza, were Bernard CHAN, the Under Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development, HKIFF Ambassador Aaron KWOK, and Youth Ambassadors Jennifer YU and Neo YAU.

 

There was also a strong presence of filmmakers from around the region, including Korean maestro LEE Chang-dong of the internationally acclaimed Burning, TSUKAMOTO Shinya, the director of Killing, and young Chinese director BAI Xue of The Crossing.

 

Dr. Wilfred WONG, Chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS), described the Hong Kong International Film Festival as one of the most anticipated cultural events in the region in his welcome speech.

 

“As always, HKIFF43 receives tremendous support from film fans in Hong Kong, with as many as 75 screenings already sold out as of today,” enthused Dr. WONG. “We have also managed to bring together many distinguished filmmakers from around the world to share their visions and insights with local audience and their peers in the film industry.”  

 

WONG said he was excited by this year’s programme which includes a retrospective on the career of the legendary action master Sammo HUNG, this year’s Filmmaker in Focus, as well as three master classes by two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar FARHADI, LEE Chang-dong and celebrated actor-director JIANG Wen.

 

The Opening Film Bodies at Rest kicks off in an unusual setting of a morgue, where a forensic expert (played by Nick CHEUNG) and his assistant are accosted by a masked intruder (played by Richie JEN) and his gang, who demand access to a body containing evidence to a crime. Hollywood action director Renny HARLIN skillfully reconstructs his decathlon of violence, intensity of suspense and mind-blowing action sequences of Die Hard 2 (1990) into the Hong Kong genre of crime thriller with an explosive twist.

 

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.

 

19/03/2019

HKIFF & FWD Collaborate to Showcase Asian Cinematic Glamour at House 1881

HKIFF & FWD Collaborate to Showcase Asian Cinematic Glamour at House 1881

HKIFF and FWD Collaborate to Showcase

Asian Cinematic Glamour at House 1881

 

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and FWD are joining forces to showcase the pride of Asian cinematic culture and talent in Hong Kong.

 

FWD is a premier partner of the 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) and a number of special events will be held at House 1881 – the heritage building and former Marine Police Headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui – to mark and celebrate this year’s festival.

 

An after-party will be held at House 1881 on 27 March following the gala premiere of First Night Nerves, the much anticipated new feature film by renowned director Stanley KWAN with a powerhouse ensemble cast. Until 26 March, a “Corridor of Cinematic Treasures” has also been set up at the heritage site to allow the public free access to view rare images of classic films in its historical surroundings.

 

Albert LEE, Executive Director of HKIFFS, said, “We are grateful for the generous support of FWD, and are privileged to stage HKIFF43 events at House 1881. The partnership between one of the longest-running film festivals in Asia and one of Hong Kong’s most remarkable historical landmarks is of exalted significance. Presenting over 230 films this year, comprising both timeless classics and exciting new works, the HKIFF will continue to offer audience extraordinary experiences of cinematic magic.”   

 

Paul TSE, Chief Marketing Officer of FWD Hong Kong & Macau, said, “We are honored to be the Premier Partner of HKIFF. FWD and HKIFF share a mutual vision to preserve heritage and engage the community through unique experiences. This partnership marks FWD’s first community event that brings our ‘Celebrate Living’ brand promise to life at House 1881. We’re planning to host regular activities that take full advantage of the property’s historic courtyard and surrounding gardens to showcase its enduring legacy and charm to both the Hong Kong public and tourists alike.”

 

About House 1881

House 1881 is a cultural landmark and the former Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters. Comprising a boutique hotel and unique dining concepts, this historic site reflects FWD’s mission to ‘Celebrate Living’ by providing enriching and interactive experiences.

 

The property’s historic courtyard and surrounding gardens showcase its legacy and heritage value to both locals and tourists alike. House 1881 offers FWD a unique opportunity to engage with the community in meaningful ways through cultural activities and events while preserving one of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks.

 

For more information please visit https://www.fwd.com.hk/en/press/2019/1881-heritage/

 

About FWD

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan. In Hong Kong, FWD offers life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, and financial planning. The life insurance and general insurance operating entities have been assigned strong financial strength ratings by international rating agencies — FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited is rated “A3” by Moody’s and “A” by Fitch; and FWD General Insurance Company Limited is rated “A” by Fitch.

 

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

 

Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group.

 

For more information please visit WWW.FWD.COM.HK and WWW.FWD.COM.MO.

 

 

07/03/2019

HKIFF43 Brings Latin American Passion with Special Programme

HKIFF43 Brings Latin American Passion with Special Programme

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

Brings Latin American Passion with Special Programme

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) is proud to present The Passion of Latin American Cinema, a specially-curated programme of 14 outstanding films by renowned auteurs and young upcoming filmmakers from the continent. Eight of these will have their Asian premieres at the festival.

 

The free-spirited and passionate style of Latin American cinema is epitomized in the latest works of three internationally acclaimed filmmakers. Mexican master Carlos REYGADAS – winner of Best Director in Cannes with Post Tenebras Lux (2012) – directs and stars in Our Time, a philosophical look at the complexity of human relations and infidelities. Delightful surprises also come from Argentinean directors – Gastón DUPRAT follows his triumphant The Distinguished Citizen (2016) with the dark comedy My Masterpiece, and Pablo TRAPERO’s The Quietude, which features excellent performances from award-winning actresses Martina GUSMÁN and Bérénice BEJO as two sisters grappling with their family’s dark secrets.

 

A new generation of groundbreaking filmmakers is also gaining respect and admiration among aficionados. Brazilian director Gabriel MASCARO brings the captivating and seductively shot Divine Love, while Chinese-American director CHENG Li – winner of the Queer Lion in Venice – offers a touching scrutiny on the plight of young queer men in Guatemala in Jose. Helmer Luis ORTEGA brings an unapologetic dramatization of the real-life story of infamous Argentinian serial killer, Carlos Robledo PUCH, in the ultraviolent El Angel.

 

Women directors are also making their mark on Latin American cinema. Too Late to Die Young, with which Dominga SOTOMAYOR became the first female filmmaker to win the Best Director award at Locarno, is the coming-of-age story of a Chilean teenager as she explores new passions and struggles. Lila AVILÉS’ The Chambermaid elicits the emotions of Alfonso CUARÓN’s Roma as it follows the life of a hotel chambermaid. Cristina GALLEGO and Ciro GUERRA delve into the scourge of narcotics in Colombia with the stylised Birds of Passage.

 

Journalist and actor Wagner MOURA makes his feature film directorial debut with Marighella, a biopic about the pivotal figure who first ignited the fire of resistance in Brazil. In the dark comedy The Good Girls, Mexican director Alejandra Márquez ABELLA offers an insightful observation of her country through the downfall of a privileged wife, while Federico VEIROJ delivers an intimate look at the artist’s life in the face of domestic stress and creative anxiety in Belmonte.

 

Also screening at HKIFF43 are two documentaries, Los Reyes, and Midnight Family, both vying for the Firebird Awards.

 

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. Tickets can be booked online (at www.hkiff.org.hk) and all URBTIX outlets.

 

Film list for screenings:

1. Carlos REYGADAS: Our Time

2. Gastón DUPRAT: My Masterpiece

3. Pablo TRAPERO: The Quietude

4. Gabriel MASCARO: Divine Love

5. CHENG Li: Jose

6. Luis ORTEGA: El Angel

7. Dominga SOTOMAYOR: Too Late to Die Young

8. Lila AVILÉS: The Chambermaid

9. Cristina GALLEGO, Ciro GUERRA: Birds of Passage

10. Wagner MOURA: Marighella

11. Alejandra Márquez ABELLA: The Good Girls

12. Federico VEIROJ: Belmonte

 

05/03/2019

HKIFF43 to Open with Bodies at Rest and Close with By the Grace of God

HKIFF43 to Open with Bodies at Rest and Close with By the Grace of God

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

to Open with Bodies at Rest

and Close with By the Grace of God

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) will open on 18 March with the world premiere of Bodies at Rest, Renny HARLIN’s Chinese language crime thriller starring Nick CHEUNG and Richie JEN.

 

Closing the festival on 1 April is the Asian premiere of the Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner, By the Grace of God, a quietly devastating real-life inspired drama from the acclaimed French filmmaker François OZON.

 

The full line-up of HKIFF43 was announced today at a press conference held at House 1881 in Hong Kong. Over 230 titles from 63 countries and regions, of which 64 are world, international and Asian premieres, will be presented during the 15-day festival.

 

Legendary action master Sammo HUNG is HKIFF43’s Filmmaker in Focus. The retrospective honoring HUNG will feature 10 of his seminal works and a commemorative retrospective book. HUNG will also attend a Face to Face seminar to share his experiences in the film industry with the audience.

 

Three internationally-celebrated filmmakers will illuminate the festival with their insight and expertise in three masterclasses. Two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar FARHADI will meet HKIFF audiences for the first time after the screening of his latest drama – the compelling Cannes Film Festival opener Everybody Knows. Korean master LEE Chang-dong will share his creative insights following the screenings of the newly-restored classic Peppermint Candy and his award-winning Burning. Revered actor-director JIANG Wen will have an in-depth conversation after the screening of Hidden Man. Other filmmakers in attendance include Berlinale Best Director winner Angela SCHANELEC, documentarian Vitaly MANSKY, and Taiwanese master TSAI Ming-liang.

 

To further nurture and support emerging directors, the long-running Firebird Award - Young Cinema Competition will be expanded this year with a new section for Chinese language films. A jury comprised of notable industry professionals including director JIANG Wen (jury president), actor Tony LEUNG Ka-fai, actress YU Nan and film scholar David BORDWELL will announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony, which will be followed by the screening of Chinese auteur LOU Ye’s The Shadow Play.

 

HKIFF43 is also proud to present the gala premiere of a number of globally acclaimed new films, including First Night Nerves by Hong Kong new wave icon Stanley KWAN; and Synonyms, the winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for Best Film, by Israeli director Nadav LAPID. They Shall Not Grow Old, in which Peter JACKSON revives the war history with his 3D digital wizardry, will also be screened as a special presentation.     

 

Cross-country collaborations further extend the diversity of HKIFF43. The “Centenary of Korean Cinema”, co-presented with the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), showcases 10 classics as well as distinguished new films from South Korea. “French Night”, co-presented with the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and UniFrance, will feature a screening of The Sisters Brothers with the attendance of its director, Jacques AUDIARD, winner of Best Director at Venice. Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Hong Kong, an outstanding documentary from Canada, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, will have its Asian premiere in HKIFF43.

 

Teaming up with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra again, HKIFF43 will present “Swire Classic Insights: Michael Nyman 75th Birthday – Beyond The Piano”, a concert honoring Michael NYMAN, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary composers. Over at House 1881, a “Corridor of Cinematic Treasures” has been set up to exhibit rare images of film classics in historical ambience from now until 26 March. Both events are free to the public.

 

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. Tickets can be booked online (at www.hkiff.org.hk) and purchased at all URBTIX and HK Ticketing outlets from 28 February 2019.

 

About House 1881 and FWD

House 1881 is a cultural landmark and the former Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters. Comprising a boutique hotel and unique dining concepts, this historic site reflects FWD’s mission to ‘Celebrate Living’ by providing enriching and interactive experiences.

The property’s historic courtyard and surrounding gardens showcase its legacy and heritage value to both locals and tourists alike. House 1881 offers FWD a unique opportunity to engage with the community in meaningful ways through cultural activities and events while preserving one of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks.

 

26/02/2019

HKIFF43 and KOFIC Jointly Celebrate the “Centenary of Korean Cinema”

HKIFF43 and KOFIC Jointly Celebrate the “Centenary of Korean Cinema”

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

and the Korean Film Council Jointly

Celebrate the “Centenary of Korean Cinema”

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) and the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) jointly present the "Centenary of Korean Cinema" programme with the screening of 10 all-time classics and critically acclaimed new films from South Korea, as well as a series of masterclasses, introductions and post-screening talks.

 

LEE Chang-dong, master filmmaker of the multi-award winning Burning (2018), will be in attendance as a special guest along with KOFIC Chairman OH Seok-geun. LEE will hold a masterclass after the screening of his restored classic, Peppermint Candy (1999). His co-writer in Burning, OH Jung-mi, will also share her insights with LEE in the post-screening discussion of their latest film.

 

Sharing the limelight are HONG Sang-soo and BONG Joon-ho, both creating international buzz with their remarkable works. From The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996) to his latest film Hotel by the River (2018), HONG’s experimental spirit and distinctive style have continuously amazed audiences. BONG made his mark with his sophomore Memories of Murder (2003), a subversive mystery thriller that established his fame as a genre bending master.

 

Three legendary trail-blazing directors – SHIN Sang-ok, KIM Ki-young and IM Kwon-taek – kick-started contemporary Korean cinema’s golden age from the sixties to the eighties.  SHIN’s My Mother and Her Guest (1961), KIM’s Ieodo (1977), and IM’s Mandala (1981) were representative of the diversity of Korean cinema and laid the foundation for the industry’s phenomenal push into the international arena.

 

Innocent Witness (2019), the latest drama from director LEE Han, and Our Body (2018), the debut feature from director HAN Ka-ram, demonstrate how the new generation of filmmakers continue to reach new frontiers with a bright future for Korean cinema.  HAN will also be in Hong Kong to greet the audience.

 

Peppermint Candy, Ieodo, Mandala and Memories of Murder will all be screened in their recently restored versions.

 

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. Tickets can be booked online (at www.hkiff.org.hk) and all URBTIX and HK Ticketing outlets from 28 February 2019.

 

 

Film list for screenings:

1. SHIN Sang-ok: My Mother and Her Guest (1961)

2. KIM Ki-young: Ieodo (1977)

3. IM Kwon-taek: Mandala (1981)

4. HONG Sang-soo: The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996)

5. LEE Chang-dong: Peppermint Candy (1999)

6. BONG Joon-ho: Memories of Murder (2003)

7. HAN Ka-ram: Our Body (2018)

8. HONG Sang-soo: Hotel by the River (2018)

9. LEE Chang-dong: Burning (2018)

10. LEE Han: Innocent Witness (2019)

 

21/02/2019

Asian Premieres of Berlinale 2019 Winners at the HKIFF43

Asian Premieres of Berlinale 2019 Winners

at the 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival
 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) is proud to give Asian premieres to several award-winning films from this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, including the winners of its top three prizes.

 

Synonyms, written and directed by Nadav LAPID, won this year’s Berlinale Golden Bear for Best Film and the FIPRESCI Prize. In this powerful new feature, the Israeli filmmaker – whose previous works include the outstanding Policeman (2011) and The Kindergarten Teacher (2014) – mines his own memories of youthful adventures and reflects his search for identity in Paris.

 

Acclaimed French director François OZON picked up the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for By the Grace of God, a story that probes the child abuse scandals of the Catholic Church inspired by a real-life headline case. Veteran Berlin School helmer Angela SCHANELEC took home the Silver Bear for Best Director with I Was at Home, But, in which her opaque and minimalist style excels in a mesmerizing tale about the entangled relationship between a widowed mother and her rebellious son. Chinese director XIANG Zi won the Teddy Award’s Special Jury Award with intimate portrayal of homosexual feelings and repression in her debut feature A Dog Barking at the Moon.

 

Emerging directors demonstrate their talents and shine in Berlinale’s Generation section. Three winning works will be presented in HKIFF43, including the Generation Kplus Grand Prix winner A First Farewell, the debut feature of Chinese director WANG Lina, who tells a quietly moving coming-of-age story in her hometown Xinjiang. Receiving special mentions are Bulbul Can Sing, Indian writer-director Rima DAS’ sophomore film after her award-winning Village Rockstars (2017), a visceral drama about a girl’s puberty blues completed by her one-woman production team; and We Are Little Zombies, another joie de vivre tale by Japanese director NAGAHISA Makoto, following his spell-binding debut short And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool (2017).

 

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. Tickets can be booked online (at www.hkiff.org.hk) and all URBTIX and HK Ticketing outlets from 28 February 2019.

 

19/02/2019

HKIFF43 X HKPhil Jointly Present “Swire Classic Insights: Michael Nyman 75th Birthday – Beyond The Piano”

HKIFF43 X HKPhil Jointly Present “Swire Classic Insights: Michael Nyman 75th Birthday – Beyond The Piano”

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival and

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Jointly Present

“Swire Classic Insights: Michael Nyman 75th Birthday – Beyond The Piano

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) teams up with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in honoring Michael NYMAN, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary composers.

 

A special concert entitled “Swire Classic Insights: Michael Nyman 75th Birthday – Beyond The Piano,” will be held at Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academic Community Hall on 24 March 2019 as part of HKIFF43. The concert is free to members of the public and will feature many of NYMAN’s most iconic film scores.

 

The English-born composer is best known for his score for Jane CAMPION’s 1993 Palme d’Or winner The Piano that won him numerous awards including BAFTA and the Golden Globe. Also known for his collaboration with Peter GREENAWAY, NYMAN’s talents are best illustrated in his propulsive scores for the master filmmaker’s classics.

 

Under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Mikel TOMS, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will open the concert with In Re Don Giovanni, NYMAN’s deconstruction of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

The three movements of On the Fiddle for solo violin and string orchestra derive from his scores for three Peter GREENAWAY films, namely The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) and Prospero’s Books (1991).

 

The concert will conclude with Where the Bee Dances, a saxophone concerto also from Prospero’s Books, featuring Simon HARAM, a member of the Michael Nyman Band.

 

NYMAN, who will celebrate his 75th birthday on the eve of the concert, remains creatively active. Most recently he has worked on McQueen (2018), a documentary on the maverick British fashion designer, Alexander MCQUEEN. The film is included in the programme of HKIFF43.

 

Online ticket registration will begin at 10am on 6 March 2019. For details please click here. Each email address can register for a maximum of two tickets and can only register once. Tickets are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Swire Classic Insights: Michael Nyman 75th Birthday – Beyond The Piano

Date: 24 March 2019 (Sunday)

Time: 3pm

Venue: Academic Community Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University

Ticketing: Free of charge. Online ticket registration starts from 6 March 2019 (Wednesday), 10am.

Remarks: Suitable for aged 6 and above. Concert lasts around 75 minutes, without intermission.

 

Concert details: http://www.hkphil.org/eng/concerts_and_ticket/concerts/concertdetail.jsp?id=731

Registration details:http://www.hkphil.org/sci2019/HKIFF/

 

13/02/2019

HKIFF43 Launches First Ever Merchandise Collection

HKIFF43 Launches First Ever Merchandise Collection

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

Launches First Ever Merchandise Collection

 

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) launches its first ever themed merchandise collection in collaboration with renowned international and local brands.  

 

Inspired by “Colours in the Dark”, the theme of this year’s festival, the collection features a range of tailor-made merchandise from handcrafted beer, stylish T-shirts to special edition notebooks that manifest the unlimited possibilities of imagination.  Online ordering starts today, in limited stocks.

 

In addition, HKIFF43 will offer two special passes for this year’s festival, to be held from 18 March to 1 April, which allow bearers priority admittance to all applicable screenings during the festival period.  These passes are also only available in limited quantity and come with a host of complimentary HKIFF43 merchandise and publications.

 

Online ordering: please click HKIFF43 Merchandise and Pass

 

 

Collaboration with local brands – Launch of limited edition beverages under the theme “Colours in the Dark”

HKIFF43 partners with local brands, including Heroes Beer Co, BASAO and MBL Wine Group, to creates a series of beverage products under the theme “Colours in the Dark”.  From handcrafted beer, premium tea to full-bodied wine, these special beverages are perfect companions while enjoying good films.

 

Exclusive Merchandises in Honor of Filmmaker in Focus: Sammo Hung

HKIFF43 will launch two exclusive merchandises in honor of this year’s Filmmaker in Focus, Sammo Hung.  His charisma and trailblazing career have inspired the creation of a crafted beer and a unique T-shirt. 

 

Limited Edition Merchandises under the theme “Colours in the Dark”

Designed by internationally acclaimed photographer and visual artist Wing Shya, the key art design of HKIFF43, “Colours in the Dark”, features a silhouette set against an exotic background of an intense colour palette with a dreamlike impression and captures the essence of cinematic experiences and inspiring unchartered imagination.

 

HKIFF43 Special Passes Launches on 30 January 2019

The two special passes for HKIFF43 will go on sale on 30 January 2019.  Click here for details.
 

VIP Pass

HK$5,000

  • VIP Pass holder can attend all screenings of HKIFF43*
    VIP Pass holder is entitled to have:
  • One copy each of "The 43rd HKIFF Main Catalogue" and "Filmmaker in Focus: Sammo Hung";
  • HKIFF43 limited merchandise (valued over HK$1,200); and
  • One Cine Fan Classic Privilege.
     

Discovery Pass

HK$1,800

  • Discovery Pass holders will have access to all non sold-out screenings at four specific venues#
    Discovery Pass holder is entitled to have:
  • One copy of "The 43rd HKIFF Main Catalogue";
  • Selected HKIFF43 limited edition merchandise; and
  • One Cine Fan Classic Privilege.

 

Except special screenings

# Hong Kong Cultural Centre (Grand Theatre); Jockey Club Auditorium, The Polytechnic University; Hong Kong City Hall (Theatre); Hong Kong Science Museum (Lecture Hall)

 


 

Brand Stories

1. Moleskine

Moleskine® was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the nameless black notebooks used by writers and artists like Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Bruce Chatwin that had long gone out of print.

Today, the Moleskine brand encompasses a family of objects that enhance productivity and creativity including notebooks, diaries and planners, journals, bags, writing instruments, reading accessories, publishing and digital tools.  The Moleskine brand is a worldwide presence thanks to over 80 Moleskine Stores and the innovative retail concept, the Moleskine Café.

 

2. Heroes Beer Co

Heroes Beer Co is a Hong Kong craft beer producer founded in 2017.  Within less than two years, it has won numerous awards from major international competitions, and started exporting to Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

Its name is based on the notion that everyone can be a beer superstar, a concept that is reflected in its tagline: "Unleash the hero within".

Heroes Beer Co unleashes the hero within every beer lover they work with, to create the most unique and inspiring beers, and share them with the beer community.

 

3. MBL

Established in 2009, MBL has been expending its distribution network continuously, with branch shops, clubs and distribution points in China Region, in areas include Hong Kong, Guangdong Province, Guangxi and Yunnan Province etc.

MBL is the exclusive representative for many world-known wineries, including Braastad Cognac XO and Chateau de Beaulon XO, quality and variety of products are well recognized by connoisseurs and wine lovers.

 

4. BASAO

BASAO is a Hong Kong tea brand founded in 2015.

BASAO works closely with small tea gardens across Asia to combine traditional, time honored production methods with cutting edge soil and leaf analysis to ensure the high standard of the end products.

The result is a range of exceptional single-origin 'clean-grown' teas, verified free from chemical pesticides.

 

5. TOPIX

TPOIX’s garment is high quality and the design is minimal. It provides various of options for people to create their own style. Abiding by such aspiration, TOPIX has strived to create a community for tee lovers who enjoy the simplicity and essence of T-shirts.

 

30/01/2019

HKIFF43 Presents Special Programmes on Legendary Actress Li Lihua and the Fifth Generation of Chinese Filmmakers

HKIFF43 Presents Special Programmes on Legendary Actress Li Lihua and the Fifth Generation of Chinese Filmmakers

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival

Presents Special Programmes on Legendary Actress Li Lihua

and the Fifth Generation of Chinese Filmmakers

 

The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival will pay tribute to the trailblazers of Chinese cinema – legendary actress LI Lihua and the Fifth Generation of Chinese directors, who revolutionize the cinematic tradition with acting diversity and filmmaking innovations respectively, putting Chinese cinema into international spotlight.

 

A pioneering actress of contemporary Chinese cinema, LI (1924-2017) has set a number of records in film history - the first winner of two Golden Horse Best Actress Awards, and the first Chinese female lead in a major Hollywood production (China Doll, Dir: Frank Borzage, 1958).

 

Her virtuosity and versatility is represented in HKIFF43’s selection of four restored classics - Barber Takes a Wife (1947), HUANG Zuolin’s romantic satire about Shanghai, written by SANG Hu; Bright Day (1948), the only revolutionary film written and directed by celebrated drama master CAO Yu; Flower Girl (1951), ZHU Shilin’s post-war drama shot in Hong Kong, and the final film produced by FEI Mu; and Storm over the Yangtze River (1969), an award-winning patriotic film directed by LI Han-hsiang. Flower Girl and Barber Takes a Wife had only hitherto existed in sole prints, the new restorations are initiated by the descendants of Sinze Wu (aka Wu Xingzai), the founder of Wenhua Film Company, and will have their World and Asian premiere in Hong Kong.

 

The Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers – mainly graduates from the Beijing Film Academy – led a movement of visual experimentation rich in social allegory, giving rise to a new form of Chinese cinema that challenged traditional worldviews and contemporary society.  

 

Laying the foundation was ZHANG Junzhao’s groundbreaking and unconventional war film One and Eight (1983), featuring criminal anti-heroes in a distinctive style. TIAN Zhuangzhuang focused on dramas about ethnic minorities with the fascinating The Horse Thief (1986), while HUANG Jianxin turned a satirical bent with his urban fare debut The Black Cannon Incident (1985).

 

Launching the Fifth Generation in world cinema are CHEN Kaige’s Yellow Earth (1984) and ZHANG Yimou’s directorial debut Red Sorghum (1988), winning the Locarno Silver Leopard Award and the Berlinale Golden Bear Award respectively. Both films constitute a crowning achievement of Chinese cinema, continue to fascinate and influence generations of filmmakers. 

 

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.

 

 

Film list for screenings:

Legendary Actress Li Lihua

  1. Barber Takes a Wife (1947)
  2. Bright Day (1948)
  3. Flower Girl (1951)
  4. Storm over the Yangtze River (1969)

 

The Fifth Generation of Chinese Filmmakers

  1. One and Eight (1983)
  2. Yellow Earth (1984)
  3. The Black Cannon Incident (1985)
  4. The Horse Thief (1986)
  5. Red Sorghum (1988)

22/01/2019

HKIFF43 Media Accreditation Starts from 21 Jan

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.

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.
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18/01/2019

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