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HKIFF41 to Open with Love Off the Cuff and
Close with mon mon mon MONSTERS

 

14 March 2017 (Hong Kong) – The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) revealed today the line-up for the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) at its press conference held at MOKO. Besides the Opening Film Love Off the Cuff (2017) by director PANG Ho-cheung that was announced earlier, the festival will close with Giddens KO's sophomore directorial work mon mon mon MONSTERS(2017). Both films, in their World Premiere, will illuminate the festival which runs for 15 days from 11 to 25 April. With over 230 titles from 65 countries and regions, the lineup is as eclectic as ever, boasting 69 World, International and Asian Premieres.

Love Off the Cuff, to be opened on 11 April, is the long-awaited reunion of Jimmy and Cherie in PANG Ho-cheung's third installment of the romantic comedy series. The star-crossed Hong Kong couple, played by Miriam YEUNG and Shawn YUE, will deal with their entangled relationship in Taiwan. Across the shore, the noted Taiwanese writer/ director Giddens KO will bring his new high school bildungsroman, mon mon mon MONSTERS,to Hong Kong as HKIFF's closing film. Unlike his box-office hit You Are the Apple of My Eye (2011)that focuses on teenage love, his refreshing new work is a thriller that explores the dark side of human nature and social phenomena.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of director Edward YANG, HKIFF will present "Edward Yang, 10-year Commemoration", a retrospective of his seven feature films, including the newly restored classics Taipei Story (1985) and A Brighter Summer Day (1991). Hsiao Yeh, a long-time creative partner of the director, and Kaili PENG, YANG's widow, will attend the festival as guest speakers to meet the audience.

Several world-renowned directors will visit Hong Kong for screenings of their films. Cannes Best Director Olivier ASSAYAS will introduce his latest awarded film, Personal Shopper (2016), in HKIFF's Gala Premiere, together with his acclaimed biopic Carlos(2009). The director will conduct two master classes following the screenings to share his creative insight. Another distinguished Polish director, Agnieszka HOLLAND, who has just won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for her film Spoor (2017)at the Berlin International Film Festival, will lead the jury of the Firebird Young Cinema Competition. She will be joined by Thomas SOTINEL of prestigious French newspaper Le Monde, Colin GEDDES recently programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival, and local actor Anthony WONG. The Firebird Awards trophy is re-designed by WONG San Mun this year, giving a fresh image to this notable award.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, HKIFF will present a special programme, "Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema", showcasing twenty films that are highly representative of local cinema in the past two decades. The programme will kick off with the newly restored Made in Hong Kong(1997) directed by Fruit CHAN, an independent work that chronicles the exploits of lower-class teenagers. Thirteen other films from local veterans including Infernal Affairs (2002), Shaolin Soccer (2001), The Warlords (2007) etc. will be screened during the festival, while six films by young directors will be presented in August. All screenings are open to the public free of charge.

In addition, new films of Hong Kong cinema are also introduced, including the latest works of director Herman YAU: 77 Heartbreaks (2017), an urban love storyfeaturing Charlene CHOI, and world premiere of The Sleep Curse(Director's Cut) (2017), a gruesome thriller featuring Anthony WONG's signature psychopathic performance.

Cinephiles can enjoy the priority to view a number of internationally acclaimed films in the HKIFF. These include The Salesman (2016), winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; Graduation (2016), for which Cristian MUNGIU won Cannes Best Director; at the Venice Film Festival, The Woman Who Left (2016), winner of Golden Lion for Best Film, Paradise (2016), for which Andrei KONCHALOVSKY won Silver Lion for Best Director, and Nocturnal Animals (2016), winner of Grand Jury Prize; at the Berlin International Film Festival, On Body and Soul (2017), winner of the Golden Bear Best Film, Bright Nights (2017), winner of Silver Bear Best Actor, I Am Not Your Negro (2016), winner of the Panorama Audience Award, and Ana, Mon Amour (2017), winner of the Silver Bear for Best Editing.

In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation and National Canadian Film Day, HKIFF will present the Canadian film Window Horses(2016), a warm and witty animated feature directed by Ann Marie FLEMING, who will meet the audience at the screenings.

Japanese and South Korean films also take the spotlight at this year’s festival. The Awards Gala Night will be illuminated by the Asian premiere of The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (2017), directed by ISHII Yuga. Other outstanding films featured include Kiseki: Sobito of That Day (2017) by KANESHIGE Atsushi; Gukoroku - Traces of Sin (2016) by ISHIKAWA Kei; Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow (2016) by MORI Yoshitaka; and Will You Be There? (2016) by HONG Ji-young.

An “Audience Choice Award” is newly added this year, with the support from premium sponsor Hearts On Fire. Audiences who vote for their favorite film have a chance to enter into a lucky draw and win a prize worth HK$10,000.

A full list of HKIFF41 selections is available at www.hkiff.org.hk. The HKIFF41 will be held from 11 to 25 April 2017. Tickets for the public can be booked online at www.hkiff.org.hk and all URBTIX outlets from 17 March, 10am.

To download e-copy of Programme & Booking Folder, all programme information and film stills:

FTP: ftp://hkiff.mtel.ws
Log In: Press
Password: HK1FFPress
Folder: HKIFF41/ Programme Information

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Appendix

HKIFF41 Statistics
No. of screenings: 335 No. of films: 232
No. of film submissions: 2,959 No. of countries/ regions represented: 65
No. of World Premieres: 5 No. of International Premieres: 8
No. of Asian Premieres: 56  

HKIFF41 Screening Venues
Hong Kong Cultural Centre [KG] Hong Kong City Hall [CT]
Hong Kong Science Museum [SM] Hong Kong Arts Centre [AC]
The Grand Cinema [GC] The Metroplex [MP]
Festival Grand Cinema [FG] the sky [SK]
Sir Run Run Shaw Hall, CUHK [CU]  

HKIFF41 Programme & Booking Folder Distributions
The Programme & Booking Folders will be ready from around 5pm of 14 March 2017 onwards at the screening venues mentioned above, URBTIX Outlets, MOKO, Times Square, Harbour City, Langham Place, eslite stores, HMV branches and more.

HKIFF41 Ticketing Information
Ticket Sales will be available from 10am on 17 March 2017 onwards at URBTIX

HKIFF41 Ticket Prices
Carlos, Out 1 (Eps. 1-4), Out 1 (Eps. 5-8)

HK$150

A Brighter Summer Day, Seven Samurai

HK$120

Inmates, The Woman Who Left

HK$90

Ordinary, Weekend and Public Holiday Screenings at HK Cultural Centre/ The Grand Cinema / The Metroplex / Festival Grand Cinema / the sky

HK$85

Ordinary, Weekend and Public Holiday Screenings at HK City Hall/
HK Science Museum / HK Arts Centre

HK$75

Weekday Matinee Screenings (Mondays - Fridays [except public holidays], with film codes ending with “D”)

HK$55

VIP Pass

HK$5,000

Super Value Pass

HK$3,000

For other ticket discounts, please refer to Programme & Booking Folder P.63

 

About The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of the Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films.

Screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event. For the past seven years, HKIFF has also produced and premiered anthologies of short films by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia such as Ann HUI, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, JIA Zhangke, Brillante MENDOZA, NAKATA Hideo, TSAI Ming-liang, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL and among others. From 2017, HKIFF will collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will world premiere at HKIFF.

Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talents. Festival-goers enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, participate in receptions and parties, and more.

The Festival draws extensive media coverage from over 300 local and international members of the press and continues to grow in importance as one of the premier platforms to launch films in Asia.

The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) will be held from 11 to 25 April 2017.


About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS/Society) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organizes the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The repertory HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers through a monthly programme of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

Through its annual programmes, the Society promotes international appreciation of Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese film culture; introduces world cinema to Hong Kong audiences; and continues to underline Hong Kong’s key position in the international film community.

HKIFFS’s dedication to quality and intelligent programming, its devotion to the discovery of new areas of filmmaking in Asia and China, its exceptional work for Hong Kong cinema, seminars and acclaimed publications, gives it a unique and respected international reputation that helps promote Hong Kong cinema at home and abroad.

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