This retrospective honours one of the most celebrated and extraordinary filmmakers of our time, Lee Isaac Chung. It was supposed to take place in May, the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which pays tribute to Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the country's development and history. Yet, due to Hong Kong’s sudden Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent temporary closure of cinemas, this programme now takes place in July – in a safer place.
Chung’s stories, like the recent happenings of Hong Kong arts programmes and life, are trajectories subject to their time and fate. While Hongkongers and other peoples have been painstakingly coping with the tragedies of the pandemic and other earthshaking events, Chung’s characters exemplify how humans survive the chaotic nature of life – be it personal or communal – in fury, in tension, in dazedness, in tenderness, in humour and in other emotional complexities, along with resilience, versatility and hope.
Our programme title, Cries and Whispers, might recall the masterpiece of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. All outstanding filmmakers are primarily great for their primal urge and distinct artistry to carve profound human conditions onto film. In Chung’s oeuvre, concerns are wide-ranging - such as war, illness, discrimination, displacement, loneliness and death. He strives for authenticity in his filmmaking, and his stories are full of cries and whispers from the depths of human psyche. But Chung’s style is gentle and subtle, always allowing space for audiences to observe and evolve with the characters as their journeys ebb and flow. His films are not only about Americans or Asian Americans - they are about human beings - hence their appeal to people far and wide.
In this programme, the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau present five feature films by Chung, from his Cannes recognised debut Munyurangabo to his Oscar honoured historic milestone Minari. Our screenings will be accompanied by talks and a masterclass with Chung.
Opening Film: Minari
I Have Seen My Last Born
Cast: Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye
Masterclass on Film Directing with Lee Isaac Chung
Programmes are subject to change without prior notice.
The following measures will be implemented for screenings, to combat the prevailing threat of Novel Coronavirus:
- All audience must wear face masks and comply with the requirements and restrictions announced by the Government
- No smoking, eating and drinking. Unauthorised photo-taking, audio and/or video recording is strictly forbidden
- Staff have the right to deny the admission of any person with temperature higher than 37.5°C