The CineFest series will feature films from the previously cancelled 44th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF44) and Cine Fan programmes, including this year’s Firebird Award winners.
Supported by Create Hong Kong and the Film Development Fund, all screenings will take place daily for five weeks from 30 September at K11 Art House in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Hkiffs Executive Director Albert Lee said Hkiffs would announce weekly line-ups and screening schedules starting today.
“Despite this year’s cancellations and disruptions, we have not stopped anticipating ways to re-engage Hong Kong’s film-lovers and to share our choices and discoveries with them once the situation returns to normal,” Mr Lee said.
To ensure public safety, Hkiffs will continue to comply with every in-theatre health measure mandated
According to an official filing on the National Film Bureau’s website, the script was submitted for government approval in Shanghai in April, and was approved on Wednesday, Sept. 23. This means it can now move forward with plans for production.
The project was listed by Shanghai Fanhuali Development Company, a firm that is also involved in the TV serial “Blossoms,” which credits Wong as creator and producer. The company has previously been involved in just two films: Pema Tseden’s arthouse stunner “Jinpa,” and, incongruously, “Atm,” a slapstick-y 2019 remake of a Thai rom-com.
The filing offers a short, but slightly cryptic, plot summary: “In ’90s Hong Kong, broken-hearted Policeman 223 encounters a blonde female assassin, and they spend a short time together overnight. Policeman 663, who also is getting over heartbreak, sees
“Parasite” was closely followed by Wang Xiaoshuai’s drama “So Long, My Son” from mainland China, and Taiwan drama “A Sun” by Chung Mong-hong. They each scored seven nominations including best film and best director, organizers of the 14th Asian Film Awards announced on Wednesday. A total of 39 films from 11 countries and regions are competing for the awards.
Founded by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the AFAs have been staged in Hong Kong and Macau since their launch. In 2013, three major film festivals in Asia — Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo — joined hands to launch the non-profit Afa Academy,
Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite leads the nominations for this year’s Asian Film Awards (Afa) – hosted by Busan International Film Festival and the first to be held outside of Hong Kong and Macau – with ten nominations including best film and best director.
The Asian Film Awards Academy (Afaa), comprising the Hong Kong, Tokyo and Busan international film festivals, announced during last year’s Busan that the 14th Afa ceremony would be held in the South Korean city this year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers
The four-day festival features a line-up of films from Asean member nations including “Rom” by Tran Thanh Huy from Vietnam, “The Science of Fictions” by Yosep Anggi Noen from Indonesia and “The Long Walk” by Mattie Do from Laos. China’s “Balloon” by Pema Tseden and Koji Fukada’s “A Girl Missing” from Japan will also be screened. The festival will also present a lifetime achievement award to veteran actress Petchara Chaowarat, who appeared in 300 films during the golden age of Thai cinema from the 1960s to the end of 1970s.
Fifteen short films competing for the best short, jury prize and special mention will be presented as part of the Asean Short Film Competition. Award
With a focus on diversity, here are the best Sinophone films of 2016, in random order. Some films may have premiered in 2015, but since they became widely known in 2016, are also included. Films like “The Tenants Downastairs”, “Godspeed” and “The Summer is Gone” seem like films that could have also been included, but since I have not watched them, I could not put them in this list.
1. Ten Years (Ng Ka-leung)
Despite the fact that it was produced on a budget of merely Hk$500,000, with a cast and crew mainly comprised of volunteers, “Ten Years” was one of the most successful films of the last years,
It had originally been scheduled to take place in March, but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 44th edition will now run Aug. 18-31.
“Endlessness” earned Andersson the best director award at the Venice festival last year. While another selection, Pedro Costa’s “Vitalina Varela” earned the top prize at the Locarno festival last August.
Other films in the section include: “Balloon” by Pema Tseden; “Ema” by Pablo Larrain; “It Must Be Heaven,” by Elia Suleiman; “Marghe and Her Mother” by Mohsen Makhmalbaf; and “The Cordillera of Dreams” by Patricio Guzman.
The festival says that it expects to round out the section with other titles by Bruno Dumont,
Encouraged by his friend Pema Tseden, Sonthar Gyal followed him to the prestigious Beijing Film Academy, where he studied cinematography for 2 years with the support of Trace Foundation. Upon graduation, he worked as a cinematographer and artistic director for a series of films and documentaries, many directed by Pema Tseden. He made his directorial debut in 2011 with
The script is based on the homonymous novel by Wang Shiyue, and revolves around two brothers growing up in a small village. The older one, Zhongqiu, has taken the exams to be accepted to a technical school in Beijing, a potential success that would be a first for the village. Expectedly, Zhongqiu, who also likes to paint, is under much pressure from both his father and the local community to succeed. The younger one, Liuyi, who also functions as the narrator of the story,
The elderly man continues the tradition of practicing his hailstorm-stopping and rain-making abilities, which has been going on for generations. However, he is saddened to see the concept of the Weatherman disappearing, both due to technology and because the generation following, and particularly his son, have their minds elsewhere. The documentary also presents the connection between shamanism and Buddhism and the history of the concept of the weathermen.
Discovery Channel seemed to have a distinct purpose of presenting the mystery surrounding these men, with the somewhat pompous English narration giving the film an almost forced ritualistic essence.
A director, a cinematographer and a producer drive through the Amdo region of Tibet, scouting actors for the “Drime Kunden” opera, which is traditionally performed for the Tibetan New Year and revolves around a prince who, selflessly, gives away his wife, his children and his own eyes to those in need. Eventually, they reach a village where they find the perfect actress to play Made Zangmo, Drime Kunden’s wife. However, the girl is very shy, and furthermore, will not perform unless her boyfriend, who has left the village to find a job in the city, plays the lead. The
Competition Jury Award
The Competition Jury, consisting of Aileen Li (Producer Detention), Inge de Leeuw (Programmer Iffr), Julian Ross (Programmer Iffr / Locarno), Floortje Smit (Film Journalist De Volkskrant) and Pete Wu (Writer and journalist), unanimously chose the Chinese “Balloon“, directed by Pema Tseden.
Celebrating its eighth edition, Helsinki Cine Aasia is the only festival of contemporary Asian cinema in Finland. This year the festival hosts the Finnish premieres of 18 films from eight East and Southeast Asian countries. In addition, a series of classic films based on traditional East Asian theater is screened at Kino Regina. Helsinki Cine Aasia takes place at Korjaamo, Kino Regina and Cinema Orion from Thursday March 12 to Sunday March 15, 2020.
Helsinki Cine Aasia 2020 opens with the Tibetan film “Balloon”. The latest film from Tibet’s best-known filmmaker Pema Tseden has already won accolades at several film festivals, including Venice and Chicago, as well as the main prize at Tokyo FILMeX. Set in Tibet in the 1980’s during the one-child policy, the warm-hearted and slightly humorous film illustrates the difficulties of combining the traditional with the modern. A Buddhist couple raising a herd of
Set in the rugged territory of the Kekexili Plateau, an isolated Tibetan region with an average elevation of more than 16,000 meters, “Jinpa” begins by introducing us to its title character, a grizzled long-distance trucker (played by an actor whose name also is Jinpa), as he traverses a seemingly endless road across a spectacularly barren landscape. He appears genuinely upset by the prospect of bad karma when he accidentally rolls over,
“Old Dog” screened at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas
After a spate of dognapping across the village,
“The Silent Holy Stones” is screening at
Festival des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul
The story takes place in the Guwa region, where our protagonist, “Little Lama”, is assigned to attend to the seven-year-old Living Buddha (tulku) of a mountain monastery. The two boys train and play together, but their real fun is watching TV, the only channel and the only Vcd available to them. During Tibetan New Year’s celebration, Little Lama returns to his home village, where his brother, who works in Lhasa, has also bought a TV, along with VCDs of the popular Chinese television series Journey to the West, and
“The Sacred Arrow” screened at
Festival des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul
The centuries-old archery competition between Lhalong and Damo villages determines more than just the superior archer but is also
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