[28 January 2011] The restored classic film Metropolis was one of the outstanding hits of last year’s HKIFF, and this year, HKIFF audiences will again have a chance to enjoy the creativity and art form of cinema classics. HKIFF will continue its promotion of restored classic films this year by screening more landmark films, including La Dolce Vita, Federico FELLINI’s look at life in the fast lane in Rome, 1960, and the ground-breaking hymn to the modern world in Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga VERTOV, made in 1929. The screening of Man with a Movie Camera will be accompanied by live piano played by German pianist Eunice MARTINS, who has been here for the 33rd HKIFF to provide live musical accompaniment for 3 silent classics and astonished the audiences with her great performances. HKIFF also offers the restoration of the Egyptian take on a classic film subject, The Mummy (1969) by Shadi Abdel SALAM.
La Dolce Vita
Director: Federico FELLINI Country: Italy / France Year: 1960
In the 1960s , the booming economy raised the living standards of Italy and paved the way for a golden era in its film industry. Critically acclaimed director Federico FELLINI featured Marcello MASTRIOANNI as a gossip columnist who has left his dreary provincial existence for adventures in an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated, ultra-decadent Rome. The film marked the transition and changes of the new. The newly restored classic by the Gucci Foundation under the supervision of renowned film director Martin Scorsese is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the film.
Man with a Movie Camera
Director: Dziga VERTOV Country: Soviet Union Year: 1929
Man with a Movie Camera is a stunning avant-garde documentary film made by Russian director Dziga VERTOV in 1929. The director believed that cameras could reflect the reality and record things that often went unnoticed in daily life. What is now regarded as VERTOV’s masterpieces famous for its range of cinematic techniques, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, and the revolutionary use of editing VERTOV disagreed with many of his contemporaries that editing should be seamless in its creation of the illusion of reality.
Instead he believed that editing should create its own film reality. Today, many critics consider Man with a Movie Camera as one of the best edited films in film history. The restored version of the film, which includes restored scenes and split screen work, has given further insight into the strong contrast and balance of black and white in its images. The restored film allows audience to experience the fresh visual sensation that VERTOV intended at the time.
Director: Shadi Abdel SALAM Country: Egypt Year: 1969
The Mummy was the only full-length feature directed by Egyptian Shadi Abdel SALAM. This classic film is consistently listed as one of the most important Egyptian films ever made and occupies a significant position in film history. It amazed the film industry again when it was restored last year. In its story of a tribe, the film makes marvelous use of light at sunrise and sunset, colors, composition and shooting techniques to vividly portrays the main theme of the film – death and memory. The film climaxes with the unforgettable, spectacular scene of dozens of mummies walking along the horizon after being released from their cage.
About the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS)
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.
Through its year-round programmes, the mission of the Society is to strengthen global appreciation of Chinese film culture and to promote inspiring films from around the world, enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong.
Committed to the development of a vibrant film culture in Hong Kong and Asia, the Society presents three annual flagship events in March and April: The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Asian Film Awards (AFA) Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world’s most inspiring films all year round.
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