New Waves, New Shores: Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 50 Meets Hong Kong Cinema

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre 
Date: 2019.06.06 - 2019.06.23
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Schedule
6/6 (Thu)    7:30pm     Opening Ceremony and Screening of The Story of Woo Viet*
7/6 (Fri)      2pm          Barravento#
7/6 (Fri)      4pm          The Story of Woo Viet
7/6 (Fri)      7:30pm     Summer (L'Été)*#
7/6 (Fri)      9:10pm     Glass Tears* 
8/6 (Sat)     4pm          Binding Sentiments (Holdudvar)#
8/6 (Sat)     7:30pm     Bends#
9/6 (Sun)    2:30pm     Talk: Feasting on Futures – the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and the Celebration of New Cinemas
9/6 (Sun)    4:15pm     Kongkee x Simon Liu*
9/6 (Sun)    7:30pm     Adam 2 and Scenes from Under Childhood (Section 1
13/6 (Thu)  7:30pm     The Trip
14/6 (Fri)    7:30pm     Everlasting Love*
15/6 (Sat)   4pm          Duet for Cannibals (Duett för kannibaler)#
15/6 (Sat)   7:30pm     House of the Lute* 
16/6 (Sun)  2:30pm     Mustang
16/6 (Sun)  4:45pm     Masterclass on Colour Grading with Yov Moor
22/6 (Sat)   3:30pm     Invasion (Invasión)#
22/6 (Sat)   7:30pm     Trivisa*
23/6 (Sun)  3:30pm     Death by Hanging#
23/6 (Sun)  7:30pm     Somewhere Beyond the Mist*
*With after-screening talk
#With introduction
 
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In the past decade, Hong Kong has seen a growing number of first-time or emerging filmmakers. To help young filmmakers build a long-term sustainable career and to meet the needs of an increasingly diversified audience culture and film industry, the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) sees a pertinent need to assist filmmakers to expand their professional and personal horizons, enrich their crafts, network and get recognised on local and international levels. In 2019, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, one of the world’s most prestigious and influential breeding grounds for accomplished filmmakers, the HKAC presents New Waves, New Shores: Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 50 Meets Hong Kong Cinema. Hong Kong-based film critic, journalist and curator, Clarence Tsui, is the HKAC’s guest curator of the film screening series and will conduct discussion panels and workshops under this programme.

 

Objectives
  • Show how a major festival such as the Directors’ Fortnight shapes different film cultures, markets and industries;
  • Demonstrate how local and international film festivals help expand filmmakers’ visions and develop their careers;
  • Highlight the important and decisive roles played by programmers/festival organisers, film critics and journalists in influencing film cultures and industries;
  • Encourage intergenerational and international dialogues between veteran and young filmmakers, and different audiences – cultivate respect and appreciation for the past and futures;
  • Give audiences the opportunity to appreciate and find links between Fortnight and Hong Kong films by curating a relatable, approachable and unprecedented screening programme – by pairing Fortnight and Hong Kong films; and
  • Be a relaxing open space for all kinds of film conversations among different walks of life.

 

Guests

Pierre-Henri Deleau (Co-Founder of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight), Clarence Tsui (Hong Kong-based Film Critic, Journalist and Curator), Wen Tien-hsiang (Taiwan Film Critic and Programmer, Chief Executive Officer of Taipei Golden Horse Executive Committee), Yov Moor (French Colourist and DI Producer, Jinpa, A Yellow Bird, Norwegian Wood, etc.), Teddy Robin (Hong Kong Producer, The Story of Woo Viet), Lau Shing-hon (Hong Kong Director, House of the Lute), Norman Chan (Hong Kong Producer, House of the Lute), Michael Mak (Hong Kong Director, Everlasting Love), Lai Miu-suet (Hong Kong Director, Glass Tears),  Chui Tien-you  (Hong Kong Actor, Glass Tears), Cheung King-wai (Hong Kong Director, Somewhere Beyond the Mist), Rachel Leung and Kyle Li (Hong Kong Actors, Somewhere Beyond the Mist), Frank Hui and Vicky Wong (Hong Kong Directors, Trivisa), Kongkee (Hong Kong Comics and Animation Artist, Winner of Gold Mention of DigiCon6 ASIA awarded by TBS Japan), Nose Chan (Programmer, Hong Kong Independent Film Festival), Didi Wu (Programmer, Broadway Cinemetheque and Hong Kong Asian Film Festival), Kiki Ho (Curator, Ground Up Student Film Festival) and more. 

 

Programme

Opening Ceremony and Screening of The Story of Woo Viet
6/6 (Thu) 
6:30pm – Cocktail Reception
7:30pm – Ceremony and Screening 
9:30pm – After-Screening Talk

 

 

Screenings: Primal Screams 19/69 - New Expressions in Cinema from Cannes Directors' Fortnight and Hong Kong
7/6 - 23/6 
Guest Curator: Clarence Tsui
 
A selection of 16 films – to be screened as pairs of Fortnight and Hong Kong films- for intergenerational and international dialogues between veteran and young filmmakers, and different audiences. Please scroll down for the film list and details. 

  

Talk: Feasting on Futures – the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and the Celebration of New Cinemas
9/6 (Sun) 2:30pm 
Moderator: Clarence Tsui | Guests: Pierre-Henri Deleau, Wen Tien-hsiang, Nose Chan, Didi Wu and Kiki Ho
Languages: Conducted in English and Mandarin with English and Cantonese interpretation
 

In May 1969, the first edition of the Quinzaine des Realisateurs - or the Directors' Fortnight in English - made its bow at Cannes, its mission being to provide a platform for "new voices, new cinemas" to receive the attention they deserve. Since then, independent festivals have emerged across the world with the same idea in mind - something even established A-list events have also tried to grapple with. As part of the New Waves, New Shores programme, the Fortnight's co-founder, former festival director and artistic director, Pierre-Henri Deleau and the chief executive officer of Taipei Golden Horse Executive Committee, Wen Tien-hsiang, will engage in an inter-generational, cross-cultural conversation with Hong Kong programmers Nose Chan, Didi Wu and Kiki Ho, with the aim of finding common ground and brighter futures for both filmmakers and cinephiles here and elsewhere.

For more details of Talk: Feasting on Futures – the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and the Celebration of New Cinemas: https://bit.ly/2wq2JJG 

 

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Masterclass on Colour Grading with Yov Moor with a Screening of Mustang (dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015)
16/6 (Sun)
2:30pm – Screening | 4:45pm – Masterclass
Mustang
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Turkey, France, Germany, Qatar | 2015 | 97 mins | In Turkish with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour

After an innocent afternoon at the beach with boys from school, five orphan sisters living in a small Turkish village are punished by their grandmother and uncle. The more the sisters rebel against their conservative relatives, the tighter the screws get as virginity tests are applied, steel bars are installed and marriages are arranged. Mustang is colour-graded by Yov Moor. The film is an apt example of colour grading an art house film which is able to remain faithful to its creative intentions, and can communicate effectively to achieve popular success. It won the Label Europa Cinemas Prize at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscar and the Golden Globes.
 
 
Masterclass on Colour Grading with Yov Moor
Speaker: Yov Moor (French Colourist and DI Producer)
Languages: Conducted in English with Cantonese interpretation
 

Yov Moor will introduce the many concepts and functions of colour grading - how it can refine a film’s emotional texture and enhance its expression, what are the differences between grading commercial and arthouse films, how every stage of filmmaking affects colour grading, the differences of digital and celluloid grading, and other curious questions that you might have about colour grading!

About the speaker
Yov Moor, who has worked with both veteran and emerging directors, cinematographers and producers around the world on more than a hundred films of various genres including fiction and documentary films, will share his professional insight and experiences as a seasoned and well-travelled colourist. Recent films to his credit include Jinpa (directed by Pema Tseden, produced by Wong Kar-wai and Jacky Pang; nominated for Best Director at the Taipei Golden Horse and Asian Film Awards), Present.Perfect. (directed by Zhu Shengze; won Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival), Dead Souls (directed by Wang Bing; nominated for Golden Eye at the Cannes Film Festival) and The Road to Mandalay (directed by Midi Z.; won Best Film at the International Film Critics Week of the Venice Film Festival). His other past collaborators include Luc Besson, João Pedro Rodrigues, Lee Ping-bin, Tsai Ming-liang, Tran Anh Hung and others.

For more details of Masterclass on Colour Grading with Yov Moor with a Screening of Mustang:https://bit.ly/2wiNNgo 

 
Film Journalism and Criticism Workshops

Application Deadline: 19/5/2019 (Sun)

Period:
Workshop 1: 26/5/2019 (Sun) 2pm
Workshop 2: 8/6/2019 (Sat) 12noon
Workshop 3: 16/6/2019 (Sun) 7pm

Each session is around 4 hours.

Number of sessions: 3

Instructors: Clarence Tsui, Wen Tien-hsiang

Languages: Conducted in Cantonese and Mandarin (but is also open for English writers)

In parallel to the screenings, a series of workshops will be held with a view to facilitate the emergence of new film journalism and criticism in Hong Kong. Participants will meet with local and international film journalists and critics with a view of understanding more about their work, and also to receive feedback on articles they write based on the screenings and events in the New Waves, New Shores programme.

Website: https://bit.ly/30AnKiT
Details and Application Form Download: https://bit.ly/2VpBGMW
Enquiries: Tel - 2824 5309 / E-mail - rtam@hkac.org.hk

 
Clarence Tsui Film Critic, Journalist and Curator
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Clarence Tsui is a Hong Kong-based film critic, journalist and curator, and contributes reviews to The Hollywood Reporter and writes a regular column on Chinese cinema for the South China Morning Post. He has also written articles for the New York-based Cineaste magazine, the Film Quarterly journal published by the University of California Press, as well as other news and specialist media outlets. He teaches journalism and film studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He conceived and presented a programme of communist-era Albanian documentaries for the Cinema du Réel festival at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in March 2016, and was a co-curator of the China and Portuguese-language Countries Film Festival at the Cinematheque Passion, Macau, in July 2018. He has also served on juries at Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Paris, Tokyo, Nantes (Festival des 3 Continents) and Hong Kong (Asian Film Awards).

 

Film List - Primal Screams 19/69 - New Expressions in Cinema from Cannes Directors' Fortnight and Hong Kong
Through these eight pairs of screenings, we could sense the thematic and aesthetic parallels between the dynamic titles breaking through at the first edition of the Directors' Fortnight in 1969, and the first cinematic steps of Hong Kong filmmakers at Cannes and beyond. 

1. Arrivals and Departures

Barravento 
The Story of Woo Viet

2. Colossal Youth

Summer (L'Été)
Glass Tears

3. Gendered Realities

Binding Sentiments (Holdudvar)
Bends

4. Animated Dreams

Adam 2 and Scenes from Under Childhood (Section One)
Kongkee x Simon Liu

5. Mainstream Rebels

The Trip 
Everlasting Love

6. Against Camps

Duet for Cannibals (Duett för kannibaler)
House of the Lute

7. Mean Histories

Invasion (Invasión)
Trivisa 

8. Criminal Punishments

Death by Hanging
Somewhere Beyond the Mist

 
Arrivals and Departures: Where new voices emerge on new shores to pronounce the coming of new cinemas and new waves.
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Barravento
Director: Glauber Rocha
Brazil | 1962 | 78 mins | In Portuguese with Chinese and English subtitles | D-Beta | B&W

Cast: Antonio Pitanga, Luiza Maranhão, Lucy de Carvalho

Nomination
Nominated for Best Film, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1962

Festivals
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969
São Paulo International Film Festival 2016

Date & Time: 7/6/2019 (Fri) 2:00pm

Literally meaning "The Turning Wind", Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha's directorial debut unfolds more like a storm than merely a breeze. Revolving around a young man's return from the city to his village and his attempt to ferment a revolution among local fishermen against both their mystic beliefs and their exploitative masters, Barravento blazed a trail by documenting Brazil's class-driven and racial schisms up close, with Rocha appropriating European neo-realism (Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli being a key influence) to deliver sweeping vistas of Brazil's rural backwaters and its myriad contradictions and crisis. Made when Rocha was just 20, Barravento is now known as the film that kick-started Brazil's fiery, socially-conscious Cinema Novo movement.

Before and after: Rocha was already an established, acclaimed auteur by the time Barravento bowed at Cannes. But he was the torch-bearer for a stylistically diverse Brazilian contingent at the Directors' Fortnight in 1969, leading the way for Walter Lima Jr (Brazil Year 2000), Paulo Cesar Saraceni (Capitu) and Neville d'Almeida (Jardim de Guerra).
 

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The Story of Woo Viet
Director: Ann Hui 
Hong Kong | 1981 | 92 mins | In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour

Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Cherie Chung, Lo Lieh, Cora Miao

Award
Best Screenplay, Hong Kong Film Awards 1982

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1982 

Date & Time: 6/6/2019 (Thu) 7:30pm* | 7/6/2019 (Fri) 4:00pm
 *Producer Teddy Robin will attend after-screening talk.  
 

The Story of Woo Viet has long been one the more overlooked and under-screened films in Ann Hui's early output. Which is a shame: chronicling the passage of Vietnamese refugee Woo Viet (Chow Yun-fat) through a Hong Kong detention camp and his transformation into a ruthless contract killer in the Philippines, Hui's third feature mixes political commentary (with a screenplay by Alfred Cheung, with additions from Chiu Kang-chien) and sometimes staggeringly violent action-thriller tropes (including one of the bloodiest ways of using a toothbrush ever seen on screen). John Woo, for one, has been a vocal fan: Woo Viet's male bonding (between Chow and kung-fu star Lo Lieh) and Southeast Asian setting has certainly inspired what is to come in A Better Tomorrow and Bullet in the Head

Before and after: The first of only three Hong Kong films ever to have screened at the Fortnight, Woo Viet's screenings at Cannes in 1982 propelled Hui into international prominence - her next film, Boat People, was an out-of-competition entry at the Cannes Film Festival in 1983.
 
 
Colossal Youth: Where the young reveal the simmering angst and suppressed furies among their own.
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Summer (L'Été) 
Director: Marcel Hanoun
France | 1968 | 66 mins | In French with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | B&W

Cast: Graziella Buci, Pierre-Henri Deleau

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969 

Date & Time: 7/6/2019 (Fri) 7:30pm*
 *Co-Founder, former Festival Director and Artistic Director of the Directors’ Fortnight, and actor Pierre-Henri Deleau will attend after-screening talk. 
 

What if idealists could no longer demand the impossible, and underneath the paving stones lie not the beach but, well, just more paving stones? The first film of Marcel Hanoun's "Seasons" cycle, Summer observes a young woman (Graziella Buci) as she holes herself up in a house in the country and struggles to articulate her despair over the disintegrating évènements on those burning Parisian boulevards in May 1968 - a spirit she hopes could return to her in the form of her activist boyfriend (Pierre-Henri Deleau). Hanoun himself has described Summer as the "most violent film ever made" about the May 68 uprising because of its calm and restraint: oozing regret and alienation at every turn, Summer is an understated precursor to films like The Mother and the Whore, The Devil Probably and Regular Lovers. Comrades: This is not a love story - or even a story at all.

Before and after: Having already attained a reputation among cinephiles for his early work (his award-winning 1958 feature debut of Une simple histoire; the follow-up, The Eighth Day, starring Emmanuelle Riva), Summer's appearance at the Fortnight was to be Hanoun's apogee. He continued to produce films on 16mm, Super 8 and later video up until his death in 2012.

 

Glass Tears
Director: Lai Miu-suet
Hong Kong | 2001 | 92 mins | In Cantonese and Mandarin with Chinese and English Subtitles | 35mm | Colour

Cast: Lo Lieh, Zeny Kwok, Chui Tien-you, Carrie Ng, Tats Lau

Award
Judges Special Prize in Young Fantastic Competition, Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2001

Nomination
Nominated for Best New Director and Best New Performer, Hong Kong Film Awards 2002

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2001

Date & Time: 7/6/2019 (Fri) 9:10pm*
 *Director Lai Miu-suet and actor Chui Tien-you will attend after-screening talk. 
 

Well before the concept of "millennials" caught on in Hong Kong's social narrative, Lai Miu-suet managed to flirt with the aimlessness of turn-of-the-century youth in Glass Tears. Having converted from a career in marketing to filmmaking, Lai's directorial debut revolves around a retired mainland cop (Lo Lieh) who ventures into foreign territory - that is, Hong Kong - in order to look for her missing granddaughter. Such noir-ish beginnings soon give way, however, as the old man strikes up a friendship with a teenager (Zeny Kwok) who, as she claims, is willing to help in his mission so as to collect a debt from his granddaughter. A sturdy, sensationalism-free study of post-adolescent ennui in the freshly post-handover Hong Kong - when both people and their city seem trapped in some kind of in-between space - Glass Tears marks the arrival of a promising talent (both in terms of director and her cast) and the departure of a veteran (this is Lo's last film before he passed away in 2002).

Before and after: Glass Tears received its international premiere at the Directors' Fortnight in 2001, and became the first Hong Kong filmmaker to screen her debut at Cannes. With a bigger budget, more well-known stars and a foreign setting, her follow-up, The Floating Landscape, was selected for the Venice Film Festival's official competition in 2003. 
 
 
Gendered RealitiesWhere women filmmakers interrogate long-held conventions about age, gender and desire.
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Binding Sentiments (Holdudvar)
Director: Márta Mészaros
Hungary | 1969 | 81 mins | In Hungarian with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP |B&W

Cast: Mari Törőcsik, Kati Kovács, Lajos Balázsovits, Gáspár Jancsó

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969 

Date & Time: 8/6/2019 (Sat) 4:00pm 
 

A woman struggles to liberate herself from the looming shadows of the men around her - this succinct strapline of Binding Sentiments is at once also a summary of what its director, Márta Mészaros, must have felt when she made what was to be her sophomore effort in 1969. On screen, Edit (Mari Törőcsik) tries to shake off the shackles of her recently deceased economist-turned-party-functionary by ridding herself of his possessions, pension and personal memories, much to the chagrin of his budding-tyrant of a son. Off screen, the Moscow-educated Mészaros, despite being the first woman ever to make a feature film in Hungary, has always seen her work obscured by the widescreen historical epics of his then husband Miklós Jancsó. But Mészaros's more intimate dramas, embodied perfectly by the rarely-seen Binding Sentiments, offers a more humanistic look into the moral dilemmas in a society where women remain bound by very gendered social norms.

Before and after: Binding Sentiments provided Mészaros with a deserved international breakthrough, she won the Berlin Film Festival's top prize in 1975 with Adoption, before making her most well-known Diaries trilogy from 1984 to 1990. Now the elder stateswoman of Hungarian cinema, her entire oeuvre is now subject to restoration - this restored version of Binding Sentiments would have its world premiere in Hong Kong.
 

Bends
Director: Flora Lau
Hong Kong | 2013 | 96 mins | In Cantonese and Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP |Colour

Cast: Carina Lau, Chen Kun, Tian Yuan

Award
Best Actress, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2014

Festival
Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2013

Date & Time: 8/6/2019 (Sat) 7:30pm*
*Guest Curator Clarence Tsui will attend the after-screening talk. 
 

With Bends, Flora Lau became one of the very few Hong Kong filmmakers to have premiered his feature-length debut at Cannes (in this case, the Un Certain Regard sidebar). Just as important to the film, however, is the subject of her film: in what has always been a masculine artistic realm, Lau chose to zero in on the psychological condition of a middle-aged woman, and how her predicament could serve as an allegory of Hong Kong's precarious position as a city on the verge of breakdown. Anna (Carina Lau), an affluent taitai, grapples with her new reality when her mundane but stable life disintegrates upon her husband's disappearance. Her attempts to stay afloat by trading in her (or strictly speaking, her husband's) stocks and antiques unfold in parallel to that of her mainland Chinese chauffeur (Chen Kun), who secretly sells off the spare parts of Anna's Mercedes (thus the pun of the film's title) so as to allow his wife to give birth to their second child in Hong Kong. Drenched in pathos and boasting camerawork by Christopher Doyle, Bends offers a delicate twist to what a "woman's film" could possibly mean.

Before and after: A graduate from Columbia University and the London Film School, Lau was a relatively unknown quality in her hometown before being taken under veteran producer Nansun Shi's wings and making her bow at Cannes. Lau's latest film, Luz, is backed by French funds and stars Isabelle Huppert.
 

Animated Dreams: Where artists dare to dream with delirious collages culled from their subconsciousness.
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Adam 2 
Director: Jan Lenica
West Germany | 1968 | 79 mins | No dialogue, with German intertitles | HD |B&W

Award
Best Animation Film, German Film Awards 1969

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969
 
Date & Time: 9/6/2019 (Sun) 7:30pm 
 

These days, Jan Lenica was perhaps best known for his film posters and, to a lesser extent, his production designs in theatre. There was a time, however, when he's a beacon of hope for Polish if not European animation cinema, with his mitteleuropa aesthetics leaving a distinct dent on filmmakers such as The Brothers Quay, and his magnum opus remains the much rarely aired Adam 2. A follow-up of sorts to his 1965 ten-minute short A - in which a man finds himself harassed at home by a human-size version of the capital letter in the title - Lenica's first feature-length animation is a jet-black collage of drawings and cut-outs which tracks a man's wordless passage through his absurd, purgatorial existence in an absurd, authoritarian world, one that resembles that as imagined by Franz Kafka or Eugène Ionseco (who collaborated with Lenica on his first short, Monsieur Tête, in 1959).

Before and after: Having left Poland for Paris in 1962, Lenica spent three and a half years working on Adam 2 with West German funds. While his reputation was enhanced by his appearance at the Directors' Fortnight, his filmmaking career slowed in the 1970s and 80s, when he reverted to graphic design as his main vocation until his death in Berlin in 2001.

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Scenes from Under Childhood (Section One)
Director: Stan Brakhage
US | 1967 | 25 mins | No dialogue | 16mm |Colour
 

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969

Date & Time: 9/6/2019 (Sun) 7:30pm 
 

Designed as a "shattering of the myths of childhood" created by "sentimental" adults, American avant-gardist Stan Brakhage's 16mm short reveals the shock and awe of a disoriented infant as s/he makes her/his disoriented first steps into the human realm. Offering a transatlantic response to Jacques Lacan's "mirror stage" theories - the French psychoanalyst was a supporter of the May 1968 events, after all - Brakhage imagines a child's terror towards the world right from the womb, as represented by crimson flash frames. And then the warped visions of people, and finally juxtapositions of images of adult life and that of a child feeding a baby with a spoon - an induction of these young beings into a world of social relations. The more well-known chapter in a four-part series, Scenes from Under Childhood (Section One) is a vivid example of the ability of experimental cinema to broach a consciousness beyond popular understanding.

Before and after: Brakhage would again feature in the Directors' Fortnight in 1970 with the second episode of Scenes from Under Childhood. While he never returned to Cannes afterwards, Brakhage's subsequent films also screened in Berlin's Forum programme in the 1970s and 80s (Sincerity, Murder Psalm, The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes).

 

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Dragon’s Delusion - Departure
Directors: Kongkee, Lee Kwok-wai, Tsui Ka-hei
Hong Kong | 2017 | 8 mins | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour 

Award
Gold Mention, DigiCon6 Asia 2017

Dragon’s Delusion - Assassination
Directors: Kongkee, Lee Kwok-wai, Tsui Ka-hei
Hong Kong | 2018 | 10 mins | No dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour 
And shorts by Kongkee! 
 
Date & Time: 9/6/2019 (Sun) 4:15pm*
*Director Kongkee will attend after-screening talk. 
 

Dubbed "a love letter to our city and our future", Dragon’s Delusion is Hong Kong comics artist Kongkee's highly ambitious riff on Chinese history, cyborg theory and possibly quite a few things falling in between. Co-directed by Lee Kwok-wai and Tsui Ka-hei, these shorts - billed as the first two episodes of the Dragon’s Delusion feature film - are set in an alternative take of the 1960s when China is ruled by an emperor who has managed to stay alive and in power by finding an elixir for everlasting life. Rather than being some magic potion, however, the prescription actually turns out to be a fusion between man and machine - a dystopian plan some freethinking robots begin to question and struggle against. With his neon-colored palette and a story oozing desire and destruction, Kongkee and his crew produced a feverish nightmare which somehow resonates with the state we are living in.

Before and after: While pursuing his own projects, Kongkee also produces TV commercials and licenses his cartoon character, Ding Ding Penguin, for advertising campaigns of companies, shopping malls and other organisations. He's working on securing more funding to complete Dragon’s Delusion through crowdfunding initiatives.
 

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Harbour City
Director: Simon Liu
Hong Kong, UK | 2015 | 14 mins | No dialogue | 16mm |Colour 

Festival
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016

Fallen Arches
Director: Simon Liu
UK, USA, Hong Kong | 2018 | 11 mins | No dialogue | HD | Colour

Festival
Wavelength, Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Date & Time: 9/6/2019 (Sun) 4:15pm 
 

New York-based British-Chinese Simon Liu's metier lies in delirious assemblages of densely layered images which unfold like manic reveries of a perpetual traveller searching for his roots. Using only traditional film stock, Liu - who counts Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the late US experimentalist Paul Clipson and Native American filmmaker Sky Hopinka as sources of inspiration - delivers abstract yet highly dynamic pieces evoking urban landscapes which shaped and nurtured him. In Harbour City, two streams of flickering, superimposed images shot on defected 16mm stock unfold alongside each other, teasing strangely alienating and endearing sentiments out of these snapshots of the city. While there's only one single frame in Fallen Arches, Liu's latest piece filmed on 35mm film, the energy seems to be even more enhanced, as the filmmaker offers a machine-gun montage of his visual memories from Hong Kong, London and New York. Liu's films are as much about experimentalism as it is about an examination of the relationship between images and identities.

Before and after: Born in Hong Kong to a Chinese father and English mother, Liu left for studies in the US when he was 18. Harbour City premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, while Fallen Arches bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival's esteemed avant-garde Wavelengths sidebar.
 
 
Mainstream Rebels: Where mavericks make mischief with moral panics and social taboos.
 
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The Trip
Director: Roger Corman
USA | 1967 | 82 mins | In English with Chinese and English subtitles | Blu-ray | Colour

Cast: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969

Date & Time: 13/6/2019 (Thu) 7:30pm

What is better for programmers to make a stand against the conservative establishment by showing a psychedelic film maudit boasting sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, laced with a bit of critique against consumerisms of the day? Unfolding within one LSD-fuelled night in the life of a disillusioned television commercial director (Peter Fonda), Roger Corman's counterculture cult film pays homage to, among other things, Che Guevara and Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (which the director actually helped distribute in the US). A wild race for the next high in strobe-lit bedrooms, on Los Angeles' dark streets, and across the Big Sur's dunes, The Trip epitomises the frenzy and paranoia of the tumultuous 1960s. Written by a very young Jack Nicholson and also starring Dennis Hopper - who actually premiered his Easy Rider the main competition in 1969 at Cannes - its inclusion in the Directors' Fortnight, is a harbinger of how popular culture could be appropriated and reinterpreted as auteurist art.

Before and after: Corman himself didn't attend the Fortnight as he was busy setting up his own production company in the US. But his spirit hovers over the programme - he was a mentor of Martin Scorsese during the latter's attempts to find funding for his Fortnight title Mean Streets (1973), while he also worked with Werner Herzog (whose Even Dwarfs Started Small premiered at Cannes in 1970).
 
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Everlasting Love
Director: Michael Mak
Hong Kong | 1984 | 97 mins | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | DVD |Colour
Cast: Irene Wan, Andy Lau, Loletta Lee, Ng Man-tat
 

Nomination
Nominated for Best Screenplay, Hong Kong Film Awards 1985

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1984 

Date & Time: 14/6/2019 (Fri) 7:30pm*
*Director Michael Mak will attend after-screening talk. 
 

Nobody would expect an Andy Lau-starring romance drama to enjoy a day in the sun at Cannes. But that was exactly what happened in 1984, when Everlasting Love premiered at the Directors' Fortnight alongside, among others, Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise and Stephen Frears' The Hit. Speaking about the film, director Michael Mak said he wanted to reflect Hong Kong "repressed and class-conscious society" with a love story between an escort, Pauline (Irene Wan), and young doctor Eric (Andy Lau). There's a certain truth in what he said, as Wan makes good of Mak's promise with an engaging turn as a nightclub-bound Cinderella trying and failing to fit into his boyfriend's upper-crust life. But the film also harks to the troubled-teen subgenre Mak's producer brother, Johnny Mak, has made his own with Lonely Fifteen (1982), with prison brawls and nightclub catfights galore.

Before and after: Mak continued to direct a wide variety of mainstream genre films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including installments to the Long Arm of the Law series, Sex and Zen before reuniting with Andy Lau on the Taiwan-set political thriller Island of Greed.
 

Against Camps: Where theorists cross over and walk their talk, on the wild side.
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Duet for Cannibals (Duett för kannibaler)
Director: Susan Sontag
Sweden | 1968 | 106 mins | In Swedish with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP |B&W

Cast: Gösta Ekman, Adriana Asti, Lars Ekborg, Agneta Ekmanner

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969

Date & Time: 15/6/2019 (Sat) 4:00pm
 

After years of regarding (and writing about) the pains of other filmmakers, US essayist-critic Susan Sontag finally jumped into the fold in 1969 by directing her first film in Sweden. Belying its title, Duet for Cannibals is actually a four-way amorous merry-go-round. Tomas (Gösta Ekman), a radical left-wing activist, begins his work as an assistant to a German professor, Bauer (Lars Ekborg), living in exile in Sweden. He is increasingly sucked into his employer's shady universe, a fall facilitated by the seductive charms of the academic's Italian wife (Adriana Asti, Before the Revolution). Complicating matters is Tomas' lover Ingrid (Agneta Ekmanner), who finds herself falling under Bauer's spell. A comical mix of conspiracies, carnal desire and crushed rebellions, the rarely-seen Duet is an intriguing example of a theorist articulating her views on art, cinema and politics on screen, all amidst the political upheavals and power dynamics of the revolution-heavy 1960s.

Before and after: Duet for Cannibals is the first of two films Sontag made in Sweden: the second, Brother Karl, also screened at the Directors' Fortnight in 1971. She would eventually make a documentary about the Israel-Palestine conflict (Promised Lands, 1974) before directing her last fictional feature, the Venice-set relationship drama Unguided Tour, in 1983.

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House of the Lute
Director: Lau Shing-hon
Hong Kong | 1979 | 97 mins | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | D-Beta |Colour

Cast: Simon Yam, Kwan Hoi-shan, Lok Bek-kay, Chan Lap-bun

Nomination
Nominated for Gold Hugo of Best Feature, Chicago International Film Festival 1979

Festivals
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1979
Toronto International Film Festival 1980

Date & Time: 15/6/2019 (Sat) 7:30pm*
*Director Lau Shing-hon and Producer Norman Chan will attend after-screening talk. 
 

Relocating The Postman Always Rings Twice to a country mansion somewhere deep in the New Territories, US-educated Hong Kong film critic Lau Shing-hon's directorial debut is a dark fable wrought with a battle of the sexes, inter-generational conflict and class warfare. The seemingly tranquil life of a wheelchair-bound, middle-aged and lute-playing intellectual (Kwan Hoi-shan) and his ex-escort wife (Lok Bek-kay) is shattered when they recruit the virile Shek (Simon Yam) as their gardener. A raucous rebel without a cause, the young man seduces his mistress, challenges his master and eventually destroys all that stands before him, including himself - much to the secret glee of the other older, onlooking servants. Simmering with scenes oozing carnal desire and symbolism, House of the Lute is a visually audacious, sexually explicit outlier amidst the po-faced offerings emerging out of the Hong Kong New Wave.

Before and after: Lau would go on to direct two more genre films in the 1980s (The Head Hunter and Heroes Three) before turning his hand to academia, when he taught at the Hong Kong Baptist College (now University) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His last directorial effort was Music Beyond Sound: An American’s World of Guqin.


Mean Histories: Where hard-boiled heroes and cynical villains battle the invisible hands of fate in their cities.
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Invasion (Invasión) 
Director: Hugo Santiago
Argentina | 1969 | 123 mins | In Spanish with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | B&W
Cast: Lautaro Murúa, Olga Zubarry, Juan Carlos Paz
 
Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969

Date & Time: 22/6/2019 (Sat) 3:30pm 
 

"So many years on the eve of this happening. Now they are waiting to enter. This is the day." So says the old and stately Don Porfirio (Juan Carlos Paz) to his charges, members of a clandestine group trying to defend their city against a pending but unseen invasion. But who’s on the attack? In what ways? And for what? None of this is ever spelt out in Invasion. But that’s probably what makes Argentine filmmaker Hugo Santiago’s directorial debut - co-written by Jose Luis Borges - open for interpretation nearly four decades onwards from its release at home and at the Directors’ Fortnight in 1969. A cross between a modern-day Iliad (Buenos Aires dressed up as a metropolis called Aquilea), an existentialist tale (the fatalistic fighters know resistance is futile, but they carry on nevertheless) and a Melville-like noir (with its hushed, trenchcoat-wearing protagonists moving along mean urban streets), Invasion is a lost classic boasting bleak harbingers for the military dictatorships sweeping into power across Latin America in the 1970s - and also for people living in besieged cities in continents beyond.

Before and after: The reception of Invasion in Argentina was lukewarm, but its premiere at Cannes in 1969 propelled the then 29-year-old Santiago - a former assistant of Robert Bresson’s - to fame. He would return to Cannes (in the main competition) in 1974 with his second film, The Others.
 

Trivisa
Directors: Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong
Hong Kong | 2016 | 97 mins | In Cantonese and Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP |Colour
Cast: Lam Ka Tung, Richie Jen, Jordan Chan
 

Awards
Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Film Editing, Hong Kong Film Awards 2017
Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing, Golden Horse Awards 2016

Festival
International Forum of New Cinema, Berlin International Film Festival 2016 

Date & Time: 22/6/2019 (Sat) 7:30pm*
*Directors Frank Hui and Vicky Wong will attend after-screening talk. 
 

Trivisa marks the beginning of the end, where shots in the past ricochet through time and eventually morph into rumbling thunder. Released just as Hong Kong was gearing up for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, this Johnnie To and Yau Nai-hoi-produced crime thriller adapted the fall of three real-life felons around the handover to deliver an allegory of the city’s dwindling fortunes as the shadow of mainland China looms ever larger on the horizon. Kwai (Lam Ka Tung) is too overwhelmed by his greed to notice the audacity of his mainland sidekicks. A furious Yip (Richie Jen) returns to a life of crime after his plans to reinvent himself as a cross-border businessman is upended by corrupted Chinese cadres. A delusional Cheuk (Jordan Chan) gets his comeuppance when he tries to bite off more than he could chew in dealings on the mainland. Co-directed by rookie filmmakers Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong, Trivisa is a taut thriller and reflective political statement rolled into one.

Before and after: Hui, Au and Wong were recruited for the production on the strength of their entries at the Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival. Trivisa bowed at the Berlin Film Festival to widespread acclaim, and would go on to win five prizes (including Best Film and Best Director) at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Au’s follow up is Distinction (2018).
 
 
Criminal PunishmentsWhere the condemned reveal the deathly cruelties in our so-called civilised societies.
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Death by Hanging 
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Japan | 1968 | 117 mins | In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles | TBC |B&W
Cast: Do-yun Yu, Kei Sato, Fumio Watanabe, Masao Adachi
 

Award
Best Screenplay, Kinema Junpo Awards 1969

Festival
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 1969

Date & Time: 23/6/2019 (Sun) 3:30pm 
 

In what is one of the most politically fiery outings in his long-running, maverick career, Nagisa Oshima transforms the real-life execution of a serial murderer into a damning critique of the racist undercurrents in Japanese society and how state-sanctioned violence helps in normalising and amplifying these sentiments. Sentenced to death for rape and murder, a Korean-Japanese man - known simply as R (Do - yun Yu) - somehow survives his hanging but loses his memory. Since the law prohibits the execution of convicts who couldn’t acknowledge their own crimes, the jailers begin an increasingly grotesque process of reenacting R’s life and deeds so as to remind him of what he did - which, in turn, actually reveals much more about their own murderous instincts and the state for whom they purportedly serve. Mixing Brechtian storytelling techniques and cinematic nods to Jean-Luc Godard’s politically-charged pre-Dziga Vertov features, Death by Hanging offers ominous and indicting commentary of Japanese society as the empty noose at its end.

Before and after: Oshima had two films at the Directors’ Fortnight, the other being Diary of a Shinjuku Thief. He would eventually return programme with two films (Man Who Left His Will on Film and The Ceremony) in 1971 before bringing probably his most controversial outing, In the Realm of the Senses, to the Fortnight in 1976.
 

 

Somewhere Beyond the Mist
Director: Cheung King-wai
Hong Kong | 2017 | 86 mins | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour
Cast: Stephy Tang, Rachel Leung, Zeno Koo, Kyle Li, Baby Bo, Lester Chan, Wong Shee-tong
 

Nominations
Nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best New Performer, Hong Kong Film Awards 2018

Festival
New Currents Award Selections, Busan International Film Festival 2017

Date & Time: 23/6/2019 (Sun) 7:30pm*
*Director Cheung King-wai (Skype Live Chat), actress Rachel Leung, actor Zeno Koo and actor Kyle Li (In person) will attend the after-screening talk.
 

Somewhere Beyond the Mist begins with a quote from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov: "As a general rule, people, even the wicked, are much more naïve and simple-hearted than we suppose. And so are we." Crime, then, is all about circumstance - something documentarian Cheung King-wai’s first fictional feature tries to elucidate through a teenager’s (Rachel Leung) self-confessed murder of her parents, a deadly deed driven by her discontent against the violence unfolding at home. Defying the norms as set by traditional Hong Kong whodunnits, somewhere constantly jolts the viewer from the film’s central criminal intrigue with the mundane daily existence of the pregnant policewoman (Stephy Tang) in charge of the case.

Before and after: While his first fictional foray, Farewell Hong Kong (2001), screened at Sundance, Cheung’s reputation was built on documentaries such as KJ: Music and Life (2009) and The Taste of Youth (2016). Somewhere Beyond the Mist debuted in Busan in 2017, and he’s now working on his follow-up The Idiots.

 


**Notice: After a search for the best available film source, Everlasting Love will be played on a DVD as our screening. Director Michael Mak will attend the after-screening talk. However, refunds can be made to audience members who have already bought their tickets from the day of announcement till 21 June 2019 (Friday) at the box office of the HKAC. While it is the HKAC’s policy to secure the best possible screening versions of our presented films, the HKAC appreciates our patrons’ understanding of the occasional less than perfect screening versions. Thank you for your kind consideration. 

The Trip is classified as Category III, refunds will be made to ticket holders under 18 years old with the bought ticket from the day of announcement till 20 June 2019 (Thursday) at the box office of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Due to the overtime of last screening, the screening section of Glass Tears will be delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Refunds will be made to ticket holders with the bought ticket from the day of announcement till 14 June 2019 (Fri) at the box office of the HKAC.


Ticketing Information

Opening Film - The Story of Woo Viet - Tickets: $75/$60*

Screenings - Tickets: $75/$60*

Talk: Feasting on Futures – the Directors’ Fortnight and the Celebration of New Cinemas - Tickets: $40/$32*

Masterclass on Colour Grading with Yov Moor - Tickets: $40/$32*

Screening of Mustang - Tickets: $75/$60*

 

Primal Screams 19/69: New Expressions in Cinema from Cannes Directors' Fortnight and Hong Kong 
Pairing Discount 10% off: $134

  • Barravento and The Story of Woo Viet
  • Summer (L'Été) and Glass Tears
  • Binding Sentiments (Holdudvar) and Bends
  • Adam 2 & Scenes from Under Childhood (Section 1) and Kongkee x Simon Liu
  • The Trip and Everlasting Love
  • Duet for Cannibals (Duett för kannibalerand House of the Lute
  • Invasion (Invasiónand Trivisa
  • Death by Hanging and Somewhere Beyond the Mist

 

Package A (one ticket each of 16 screenings): $900

Package B (one ticket each of 16 screenings and Talk): $930

Package C (one ticket of Masterclass and Screening of Mustang): $95

*20% off discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis. Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission. 

20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

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Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre | Financially Supported by: Film Development FundCreate Hong Kong

Festival Partners: Cannes Directors’ FortnightConsulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau

An Associated Project ofLe French May

SupportersAlliance Française Hong Kong 

Travel & Hospitality Partner: Lavaux

Hotel Support: Conrad Hong Kong

Media Partners: CUPFilm PilgrimageSPILLZolima CityMag

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Exhibition
Hong Kong International Airport Automated People Mover Platforms Arrival Level and Departure Level  
2019.07.06 - 2019.11.10
Others
 
2019.07.15 - 2019.10.14
Exhibition
The Gallery of Hong Kong Art School (10/F Hong Kong Arts Centre) 
2019.07.18 - 2019.08.27