Asian Premiere of By the Grace of God Brings
A Remarkable Conclusion to HKIFF43
The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) draws to a successful conclusion today with the Asian premiere of the François OZON’s Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner, By the Grace of God.
An engrossing dramatization of the real-life child abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church in France, By the Grace of God is a compassionate study of victims facing their own suppressed stories as the acclaimed French director engages the audience with his characters’ quiet fury and burden of silence. It officially closes HKIFF43 after over 230 films from 63 countries and regions were screened in the 15-day extravaganza.
Continuing the HKIFF43 momentum, though, is the upcoming Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) and the April/May Cine Fan programme, featuring exquisite Japanese classics and European absurdist films – most of them rarely seen on Hong Kong’s big screen.
“The Beauty of Sadness: Kawabata Yasunari” programme showcases nine different cinematic interpretations of Nobel laureate Kawabata’s literary world by nine directors. Highlights include SHINODA Masahiro’s exquisite With Beauty and Sorrow (1965); two versions of Thousand Cranes by YOSHIMURA Kozaburo and MASUMURA Yasuzo in 1953 and 1969 respectively; TOYODA Shiro’s Snow Country (1957) and NAKAMURA Noboru’s Twin Sisters of Kyoto (1963) – both are considered as Kawabata’s masterpieces.
Guest curated by Gabriel M. PALETZ, the “Absurdistan” programme brings together seven unusual films from Central and Eastern Europe. Extraordinary works selected in the presentation include The Asthenic Syndrome (1989) by Kira MURATOVA; Case for a New Hangman by Pavel JURACEK; two seminal films by Romanian master Lucian PINTILIE – Reenactment (1968) and Carnival Scenes (1982), as well as a collection of short films showcasing the whimsical world of Zbigniew RYBCZYNSKI. Scathing and playful, these films express the ludicrousness of authoritarian rule through creative varieties of absurdity.
For fans of cinema, the year-round Cine Fan programmes featuring retrospectives and special focuses are great extensions to the HKIFF. More information are available at http://cinefan.com.hk/. Tickets can be purchased online and through all URBTIX outlets. Details of SummerIFF will be announced later.
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