Festival will close with Port of Call - announced at star-studded press conference
26 February 2015 (Hong Kong) — The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) revealed today the Opening Film of the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), Murmur of the Hearts, directed by Sylvia CHANG. Murmur of the Hearts will kick off the 39th HKIFF on 23 March 2015 with its World Premiere. The festival will run for 15 days and close on 6 April 2015 with the World premiere of Port of Call, directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Philip YUNG. The highly anticipated announcement was made at the Press Conference at The MOKO, attended by Murmur of the Hearts’ director Sylvia CHANG and Port of Call’s director Philip YUNG.
Murmur of the Hearts is Sylvia CHANG’s latest work. CHANG digs deep into her Taiwanese roots to tell a story about growing up and letting go. The cast includes Isabella LEONG, Joseph CHANG, Lawrence KO and LEE Sinje. The Closing Film Port of Call is the latest production from upcoming director Philip YUNG. The film stars popular leading man Aaron KWOK and looks at the effects of a crime on the families of both the victim and the perpetrator. Directors and casts of each film will attend the world premier presentations at the festival.
With over 260 titles from 56 countries and regions, the lineup is as eclectic as ever, boasting 78 World, International and Asian premieres. “I am pleased that we are opening with Sylvia’s latest film’s World Premiere – Murmur of the Hearts,” said Dr. Wilfred WONG, SBS, JP, Chairman of the HKIFFS. “As one of the most established and largest film festivals in Asia, the HKIFF has dedicated itself to presenting quality works from all over the world, offering audiences many choices beyond mainstream productions and engaging the public in film culture through meet-the-filmmaker sessions and seminars.”
Building on past massive success, the festival is collaborating with Youku again to produce Beautiful 2015 composed of four shorts directed by Iran’s Mohsen MAKHMALBAF, Taiwan’s TSAI Ming-Liang, China’s HUANG Jian-Xin and Hong Kong’s YIM Ho. The HKIFF will present the World Premiere of this omnibus production.
Sylvia CHANG, the internationally recognized director, producer and actress, is the “Filmmaker in Focus” of the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival. In celebrating her achievements, the Hong Kong International Film Festival will screen 14 of CHANG’s films, including the world premiere of her latest work, Murmur of the Hearts (2015). CHANG will attend the “Face to Face” seminar on 5 April at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, sharing her insights on film, art and life.
Several world-renown directors will visit Hong Kong for screenings of their films and hold public master class sessions. The highlights are internationally respected film director Mohsen MAKHMALBAF(The President); multi-award-winning director Peter GREENAWAY (Eisenstein in Guanajuato; Competition, Berlinale, 2015); and highly acclaimed Portuguese filmmaker Pedro COSTA (Horse Money).
The annual Young Cinema Competition was established to encourage young filmmakers to showcase their work internationally. This year’s panel of judges will be led by award-winning filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and comprise Hong Kong film and television actress Sandra NG, Hollywood producer (Superman, Valkyrie) and founder of Academy of Creative Media at University of Hawaii, Chris Lee, and well-known American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. Awards Gala night will be capped by the Hong Kong premiere of The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D directed by Tsui Hark.
Several other Hong Kong films will receive world premiere at the 39th HKIFF, including Two Thumbs Up, directed by LAU Ho-Leung, with Francis NG, Simon YAM and Leo KU, and My City – a film about well-known local writer Xi Xi, directed by Fruit CHAN.
This year, 39HKIFF has also set its eyes on Germany. Thirteen German films will receive their International and Asian Premieres, including Victoria which won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlinale 2015. The programme will also present Tough Love, The Chambermaid Lynn, Labyrinth of Lies and others. The Germany country-in-focus programme is supported by the Goethe-Institut Hongkong and German Films.
This year marks the 110th birthday anniversary of late great Japanese film maker MIKIO NARUSE and the festival will celebrate his life and work with a programme of four masterpieces: Repast (1951), one of his most famous films Floating Clouds (1955), Daughters, Wives and a Mother (1960), and Scattered Clouds (1967).
The HKIFF continues to build its community outreach and audience development initiatives and will present free “Community Screenings” and “Student Screenings”. These seven free screenings have been made possible by sponsorship and support from Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Hsin Chong Construction Group Limited, aimed at fostering film culture and promoting inspiring films among the community. Each screening will be accompanied by guest speakers.
In addition, CreateHK and The Metroplex will present two brand new community screening programs - ‘Film+’ and ‘Festival+’ this year. Film+ will offer a low-priced Student Ticket Scheme of HKD25 tickets for all festival films and five free screenings for local students. Each screening will be accompanied by a discussion afterwards. Festival+ will offer four free community screenings, and 30 minutes cinema tour before to encourage public to participate in local film events.
A full list of the 39th HKIFF selections is available at www.hkiff.org.hk. The 39th HKIFF will be held from 23 March to 6 April 2015. Tickets for the public can be booked online at www.hkiff.org.hk from 28 February, and at all URBTIX outlets from 6 March.
The 39th HKIFF Statistics
Number of screenings：360
Number of films (including shorts)：264
Number of countries and regions represented：56
Number of world premieres：11
Number of international premieres：11
Number of Asian Premieres：56
The 39th HKIFF Screen Venues
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Hong Kong Space Museum
UA Cine Moko
Hong Kong City Hall
Hong Kong Science Museum
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Grand Cinema
Hong Kong Arts Centre
MCL Telford Cinema
The 39th HKIFF Ticketing Information
All tickets are open to public sale via the following channels:
Internet booking ( www.hkiff.org.hk)): from 10am, 28 February 2015
Counter booking at URBTIX outlets: from 10am, 6 March 2015
HK Ticketing: from 10am, 28 February 2015 (Only applicable to screenings at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)
The 39th HKIFF Ticket Price
Ordinary, Weekend and Public Holiday Screenings at HK Cultural Centre / UA Cine Moko / UA iSQUARE / The Grand Cinema / MCL Telford Cinema
Ordinary, Weekend/ Public Holiday Screenings at HK Convention & Exhibition Centre (except Opening Films) / HK City Hall / HK Science Museum / HK Space Museum / HK Arts Centre / UA Cityplaza
Weekday Matinee Screenings
(Mondays - Fridays [except public holidays] film code ends with “D”)
VIP Pass: HK$5,000
Super Value Pass: HK$3,000
2015年2月17日（香港） – 恭賀伊朗導演約化巴納希憑新作《的士司機巴納希》奪得第65屆柏林影展最佳電影金熊獎及國際影評人聯盟獎殊榮。第39屆香港國際電影節榮幸邀得這部得獎影片在電影節內作亞洲首映。《的士司機巴納希》是約化巴納希自2010年被禁制拍片及出國後的第三部影片，全片在的士車廂內拍攝，以德黑蘭各式各樣的乘客呈現伊朗的現代生活風貌。
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由美國導演Robert Kondo與Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi合導的《看守風車的豬》，講述這頭遭同學欺凌的豬，因新來的同學而令他的生活起了變化。本片將會在《世界動畫精選》中放映。
17 February 2015 (Hong Kong) – Congratulations to Iranian director Jafar Panahi, whose latest film Taxi won the Golden Bear for Best Film and FIPRESCI award at the recently concluded 65th Berlinale. The 39thHong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) will bring Taxi to Hong Kong forits Asian Premiere at the HKIFF this March. Although banned from filmmaking and traveling abroad, Panahi manages to play a taxi driver in his own film, engaging his passengers in candid conversations about their lives in Tehran.
Widely recognized as one of the most influential Iranian directors, Jafar Panahi has achieved international recognition as early as his feature debut, The White Balloon (1995) which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He went on to win major international awards for his films like The Mirror (1997), The Circle (2000) and Offside (2006). His films are famous for their humanistic approach to the life of the Iranian people, much to the displeasure of the Iranian government. Despite support from filmmakers around the world, Panahi was sentenced to six years in jail and a 20-year ban on directing films or leaving Iran. However, Panahi continued to make films in the midst of the controversy, including This is Not a Film (2011) and Closed Curtain (2013).
More HKIFF films awarded at the Berlinale
Five more award-winning films at the Berlinale 2015 will also be screened in the 39th HKIFF, including Jayro Bustamante’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner Ixcanul Volcano (Guatemala), Silver Bear for Best Director award winners Radu Jude’s Aferim! (Romania)and Malgorzata Szumowska’s Body(Poland), Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution winners Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria(Germany) and Alexei German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds (Russia).
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Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders)
The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) will screen four of the nomineesat the 87thAcademy Awards, which include nominations in the Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animation Short Film categories. The winners will be announced on 23rd February.
Best Documentary Feature –The Salt of the Earth
Winner of the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard Section of the Cannes Film Festival last year, German master filmmaker Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth (co-directed by Juliano R. Salgado) is a favorite to win the Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. Wenders paints a rich portrait of Brazilian master photographer Sebastiao Salgado following him as he works in exotic locations, discussing his life and work, and projecting his photographs onto a semi-transparent mirror that allows audience to see both the image and the man himself, a device which echoes Wenders’ Cannes-winning masterpiece Paris, Texas (also shown in HKIFF this year).
Best Foreign Language Film –Timbuktu
Apart from Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, which was screened at the 38th HKIFF, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu is also one of the favorites for Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars this year. Having already won the Best Director Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, director Sissako shows his grace and skill at capturing the tribulations of a foreign land seized by foreign jihadists. Timbuktu confirms Sissako as one of the true humanists of recent cinema.
Best Animated Feature Film–Song of the Sea
After being nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for The Secret of Kells in 2010, Director Tomm Moore returns to the Oscars with Song of the Sea, another stunning piece of hand-drawn animation inspired by Celtic maritime folklore, with magical beings who live as seals in water and humans on land.
Best Animated Short Film –The Dam Keeper
From USA, the Dam Keeper, directed by Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, tells a tale between a fox and a pig with vibrant and exciting colors. It will be included in the World Animation programme in this year’s HKIFF.
13 February 2015 (Hong Kong) – The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS), has collaborated once again with reputable international film directors to produce the micro-movie omnibus Beautiful 2015, _for its world premiere at the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). _Beautiful 2015 _features four commissioned short films by world-renowned masters, namely _Insomniac Diary _by Huang Jianxin, _Tenant _by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, _Three Days after My Death _by Yim Ho, and _No No Sleep _by Tsai Ming-Liang. The omnibus continues the string of successful _Beautiful _collaborations since 2012, which have featured at a number of international film festivals. All _Beautiful collaborations have been supported by Youku.com, a major internet streaming platform in China which will stream the films online after the theatrical premiere at the HKIFF. The Beautiful 2015 filmmakers in focus Mohsen Makhmalbaf is an award-winning Iranian film director, writer, and producer who has made more than 20 feature films and won over 50 awards. His most recent film The President premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2014) and has won an award for Best Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival (2014). This year, Mr. Makhmalbaf has been invited to act as Jury President for the HKIFF Young Cinema Competition. The Tenant tells the misadventures of an Iranian boy trying not to lose his bed-sit in London. Huang Jianxin is a Chinese film director who is considered part of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers. Huang's films are distinguished from his contemporaries as they tend to focus on urban contemporary life and satirical observations of Chinese bureaucracy, instead of historical period dramas. For his short film Insomniac Diary, _Huang Jianxin contemplates whether it is nobler to sleep, or not to sleep. Yim Ho is one of the most famous Hong Kong directors of the 1980s and is considered as the leader of the “Hong Kong New Wave” movement during late 1970s and 1980s. His most critically acclaimed work _Homecoming _details the emotions and sympathies towards the relationship between Hong Kong and China. In _Three Days after My Death _Yim Ho creates a parable of a woman who wants to die, but must save someone’s life for her death wish to be granted. _ Tsai Ming-Liang is a Malaysian Chinese film director, and is one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese cinema. His films have seen worldwide success and have won numerous awards at international film festivals. Tsai’s awards include a Golden Lion (Best Picture) for Vive L'Amour at the Venice Film Festival in 1994, and the FIPRESCI award for The Hole at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. In his short film No No Sleep, the story follows a bare-footed Lee Kang-Sheng, who walks the streets of Tokyo in the depth of winter.
Connecting Film Projects with Internationally Prominent Co-production Ventures
The 13th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum Calls for Submissions
(28 July 2014) Hong Kong – The 13th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) announced the call for project submissions. HAF will be held from 23-25 March 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and running concurrently with the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), HAF is a mature and well-established film-financing platform in Asia in its role of connecting filmmakers with film projects to internationally prominent film-industry financiers, bankers, producers, production companies, post-production houses, distributors, buyers, co-production ventures and film festival delegates.
HAF welcomes the submission of fiction and documentary feature length projects from 4 August 2014 through 17 October 2014. Selected projects will be invited to participate in the film financing forum activities in Hong Kong and also stand to compete for awards with a total value over HK$770,000 (approximately US$100,000). An early bird discount is offered to submissions on or before 5 September 2014.
The 12th HAF received over 300 project submissions from 37 regions around the world. During the three-day film financing forum, 780 private business meetings were arranged for the filmmakers of 29 projects consisting of 25 HAF projects and 4 HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award finalists.
“HAF proved to be an invaluable platform for producers and filmmakers to bring their projects to the attention of key investors, sales agents, funding institutions and festivals representatives,” said Paolo BERTOLIN of Doha Film Institute who met with HAF filmmakers. “And, the range and quality of projects present at HAF made the trip absolutely worthwhile, confirming HAF to be the essential event to connect with exciting and contemporary Asian filmmakers.” Charles HWONG, Senior Manager, Acquisitions and Co-Productions of Huayi Brothers International, commented, “there were many interesting opportunities and ideas presented at HAF this year. We hope to follow up on two different projects.”
In addition to meeting key industry players and presenting their respective projects to them, filmmakers also found professional support through their participation at HAF. Taiwan’s CHANG Jung-Chi, the HAF Award (non-Hong Kong project) 2014 winner for Private Eyes, commented, “we received lots of valuable feedback in funding, the script, and production budget. HAF also provided us with many Press Relation and interview opportunities. HAF is like a home to a new film project, indeed!” YANG Jin, the Chinese director who participated in this year’s HAF, commented, “[HAF] was a very good [project market] to seek opportunities for cooperation.”
The 12th HAF attracted not only up-and-coming filmmakers like CHANG Jung-Chi from Taiwan, but also many award-winning names from other Asian countries. Internationally renowned Filipino filmmaker Brillante MENDOZA, whose HAF 2009 Project, Kinatay, won Best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, returned to HAF with two projects. Other award-winning names in the 12th HAF included Taiwanese director LIN Yu-Hsien (widely recognised for his box office success Jump! Ashin), Dechen RODER from Bhutan (Special Mention winner at the 17th ifva Hong Kong Awards 2012), Lina YANG (Special Mention winner at Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013), SHENG Zhimin (Best Asian Film NETPAC award winner, Locarno Film Festival) as well as Berlinale award-winning documentary filmmaker Rakesh SHARMA.
Over the past 12 years, HAF has supported and championed up-and-coming filmmakers to realise their film projects. Many HAF projects have been made into films which received international acclaim. Some recent HAF successes include: KAWASE Naomi’s Still the Water (Japan, HAF 2013), selected in the main competition section at the Cannes Film Festival 2014; Nariman TUREBAYEV’s Adventure (France and Kazakhstan, HAF 2013), official selection in competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014; Arvin CHEN’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Taiwan, HAF 2012), selected in the Panorama Section of the Berlin Film Festival 2013; and Flora LAU’s Bends (Hong Kong, HAF 2011) selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. HAF 2014’s Angel Whispers (Hong Kong), the joint directorial debut of Hong Kong award-winning actress, Carrie NG and Hong Kong film industry veteran Shirley YUNG, has been completed and will be released soon. For more details on the 13th HAF’s submission procedures, application eligibility and selection criteria, please visit http://www.haf.org.hk, or contact the HAF via email: email@example.com
2014年7月24日（香港）── 由香港國際電影節協會主辦的Cine Fan夏日國際電影節，今年特別受歡迎，「去飛」速度較2013年同期增長近兩成，開售短短一星期已錄得10場爆滿，包括今年的開幕電影活地阿倫的《情迷月色下》、麥曦茵的最新作《曖昧不明關係研究學會》(足本導演版)、《她消失以後》及《離開他以後》等，因此決定加場，以饕影迷。
《曖昧不明關係研究學會》︰The Grand Cinema，8月17日下午2時 《亞基拉》︰The Grand Cinema，8月23日晚上9時30分 《她消失以後》︰The Grand Cinema，8月24日晚上8時 《離開他以後》︰The Grand Cinema，8月24日晚上9時50分
Last Saturday (5 April), the 38 th Hong Kong International Film Festival revealed the winning films for five award categories, namely the Young Cinema Competition, the Documentary Competition, the Short Film Competition, the FIPRESCI Prize and the SIGNIS Award:
Young Cinema AwardsFirebird AwardJury PrizeSpecial MentionDocumentary CompetitionFirebird AwardJury PrizeSpecial Mention
Short Film CompetitionFirebird AwardJury PrizeSpecial MentionInternet Audience Award
After 15 days in a row, the 38 th Hong Kong International Film Festival finally comes to an end on 7 April. Following the great box-office successes of , and , Opening Film of the Summer International Film Festival last year, director Dante LAM again brought another brilliant psychological thriller, , to the audience this year as the closing film of 38 th HKIFF. The Asian premiere of as well as the 38 th Hong Kong International Film Festival closing ceremony concluded by the attendance of the director and casts of . | 一連15日，第三十八屆香港國際電影節終於來到尾聲。繼《証人》、《線人》，以及去年夏日 國際電影節開幕電影《激戰》後，導演林超賢最新力作《魔警》更成為第三十八屆香港國際電影節的閉幕電影。當日(4月7日)導演及一眾演員出席《魔警》亞洲 首映暨第三十八屆香港國際電影節閉幕酒會，為本屆活動畫上完美句號。
The 12 th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum completed on 26 March, 2014 with success. The 12th HAF appreciates all the participants and congratulates the winners of this year. Here are the awards results:1) HAF Award (Hong Kong Project): Angel Whispers
2) HAF Award (non-Hong Kong Project) : Private Eyes
3) HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award: Love is Speaking
4) HAF Script Development Fund: The Solitary Pier
5) Fushan Documentary Award: Dust
6) Wouter Barendrecht Award: Hip Hop Kabul
The director, producer and casts of , including Mr. Lee Kung-lok, Mr. CHAN Hing-ka Mr. Chapman TO, Ms. Josie HO, Mr. Derek TSANG, Tyson, Ms. Candy YUEN, Ms. YUKI Maiko, Ms. OKITA Anri, Ms. YUME Kana, Ms. TSUKASA Aoi and Ms. TATSUMI Yui attended the Naked Ambition 3D World Premiere last night (25 March) which held at The Grand.
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