BY THE GRACE OF GOD brings a remarkable conclusion to HKIFF43
After screening over 230 titles from 63 countries and regions in 15 days, HKIFF43 comes to a remarkable conclusion tonight with the Asian premiere of the acclaimed French filmmaker François Ozon’s BY THE GRACE OF GOD. An engrossing dramatization of the real-life child abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church in France, this Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner creates lasting resonance with the audience.
NEVER LOOK AWAY: Looking within for your own freedom
“The film is about someone breaking free, liberating themselves,” German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck told the HKIFF audience after the screening of his latest work NEVER LOOK AWAY yesterday (31 March).
PUTIN’S WITNESS: Why people give up their freedom?
Why are people willing to live a life with no freedom? Acclaimed Russian documentarian Vitaly Mansky tried to find his answer in North Korea through making UNDER THE SUN a few years ago. Later, he realized that the answer is faraway so close - right in his homeland Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin, he saw how people are docile, unresisting in giving up their freedom. That was the reason he made PUTIN’S WITNESS.
Winners of HKIFF Firebird Awards Announced
HKIFF43 announced winners of its Firebird Awards tonight at the Awards Gala held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre tonight. Twelve winners were awarded in the four categories, out of 42 competition films. Below is the full list of winners:
Face to Face with Sammo Hung: Filmmaker in Focus
“I have a great love for cinema.” It tells why Sammo Hung has become the legendary action master and stands as a living testimony of Hong Kong cinema.
Directors of HONEYLAND reflect on documentarian’s role
HONEYLAND, a competition film in the Firebird Awards Documentary section at HKIFF43, had its second screening last night (30 March). Directors Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov shared their reflections on the role of documentarians with the audience.
MIDNIGHT FAMILY: a gripping universe seen through a private ambulance
“In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for 9 million people. A loose system of private ambulances has taken over much of the city’s emergency healthcare.”
Jiang Wen Master Class: wits and black humor of the HIDDEN MAN
Celebrated actor-director Jiang Wen attended the HKIFF43 master class last night (30 March) after the screening of his latest work HIDDEN MAN. His conversations with renowned Taiwanese film producer and academic Professor Peggy Chiao filled the house with wits and black humors.