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"Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017" at Far East Film Festival in Udine, 21-29 April 2017There was much to delight film fans at the 19th Far East Film Festival in Udine. In addition to ten recent Hong Kong films, including the acclaimed "Mad World", there was a special programme of ten outstanding films of the last 20 years on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Iconic Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs, Mad World) received the Golden Mulberry Award for Lifetime Achievement. Director Fruit Chan attended the world premiere of his 1997 film, "Made in Hong Kong", restored in 4K. More info and photos.
Dragon Film Festival in Florence and Prato - 18-23 April 2017Seven outstanding Hong Kong productions were screened at the 4th Dragon Film Festival in Florence and Prato at the initiative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels, in co-operation with Florence EurAsia Association. More info.
Stephen Chow's film Mermaid wins Silver Raven at Brussels festival - 14 April 2017Stephen Chow's comedy with an environmental message, "Mermaid", which was in the international competition at the 35th Brussels International Fantasy, Fantastic, Thriller and Science Fiction Film Festival (BIFFF) won the Special Prize of the Jury, the Silver Raven on 14 April. More information about BIFFF here.
Nine Hong Kong films at BIFFF (4-16 April) and special HK cinema event at PointCulture ULB Ixelles (until 22 April 2017)The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) (4-16 April) will screen nine Hong Kong productions on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR. The director of Kung Fu Yoga, Mr Stanley Tong, will answer questions from the audience after the screening of his film on Friday 14 April. PointCulture ULB Ixelles is offering a journey of discovery of 20 years of Hong Kong cinema, with screenings of trailers every Wednesday lunchtime until 22 April and dozens of DVDs available. More info and photos of the reception.
Design exhibition "Confluence 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong" opens at Triennale di Milano - 4-16 April 2017With the support of HKETO, Brussels, the Hong Kong Design Centre presents "Confluence: 20+", a monumental roving exhibition, at La Triennale di Milano from 4-16 April 2017. The exhibition was opened by Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, who was visiting Milan on 4-5 April. More.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development visits Milan on 4-5 April 2017Mr Gregory So met senior officials of the Lombardy Region and the City of Milan, and representatives of the business sector. He visited Zona Tortona, a design-related cluster in the city of Milan, and Eataly Milan Smeraldo, a food complex. He officiated at the opening ceremony of the "Confluence 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong" exhibition at Milan Design Week. More info.
Carrie Lam will be new Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - 26 March 2017Mrs Carrie Lam was elected Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 26 March. She will succeed the present incumbent, Mr CY Leung, on 1 July 2017. The Chief Executive-elect said her first task is to unify Hong Kong society and improve the relationship between the executive and legislature. She also pledged to safeguard judicial independence and the rule of law, core values of Hong Kong. More.
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