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Film director Ann Hui at "Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017" in Paris - 20 September-11 October 2017

(Pour la version française, voir le document ci-joint).

Create Hong Kong (Create HK), in partnership with The Cinémathèque Française with the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO Brussels) and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) as project manager, today announced the details of "Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017" Paris programme, a three-week programme featuring 20 specially curated Hong Kong films produced during the past 20 years, talks with film directors and experts.

The programme will run from 20 September to 11 October 2017 at The Cinémathèque Française, located in 51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris, as part of the events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). For more information, please visit the website of the Cinémathèque Française.  

One of Hong Kong's most celebrated film directors, Ann HUI, will bring her latest period film, "Our Time Will Come" (2017) to open the programme on 20 September, which is also the French premiere.  Inspired by the real-life attempts of guerillas to smuggle Chinese intellectuals out of Japanese-occupied Hong Kong during World War II, the picture is about a primary school teacher (ZHOU Xun) who joins the local resistance group captained by (Eddie PENG) and whose courage and commitment are tested when her mother (Deane IP) foolhardily assumes a mission… The director will attend the opening to introduce the film and post screening Q&A.  

The programme will also show another of HUI's film, "The Way We Are" (2008), when she offers a gentle rebuke with this slice-of-life drama about a widow and her teenage son living in a district dubbed "The City of Sadness."  She will attend the post screening Q&A session on 21 September.

"Over the years Hong Kong filmmakers have shown themselves to be versatile and able to adapt to different trends, technologies and markets,'; said Mr Wellington FUNG, Assistant Head of Create HK and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Film Development Council, "Today our filmmakers make films for the huge and growing mass market in China with great success, while works of auteur directors also cater for the Hong Kong and overseas markets. We celebrate the inventiveness and skills with which Hong Kong filmmakers have navigated changing local and overseas markets over the years."

"Hong-Kong cinema was a major discovery for all the French cinephiles during three decades. The retrospective Creative Visions will allow the audience of The Cinémathèque française to discover how vivid and rich the movie production in Hong Kong is since twenty years." said Jean-François RAUGER, programming director of La Cinémathèque Française.

Mr Sam HUI, Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels, said "2017 is an important year for Hong Kong, as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  Hong Kong remains a place of open borders and open minds, with a cultural mix of Chinese and Western influences.  This selection of films of the last 20 years will show some of the best of our film creation, in all its diversity.  The presence of one of our most distinguished film directors, Ann Hui, will certainly be a highlight of this programme."

The programme will present the wide range of films produced by Hong Kong and include works by both internationally renowned Hong Kong directors like Ann HUI, Johnnie TO, and WONG Kar Wai and filmmakers like PANG Ho-cheung and Philip YUNG who emerged in the last two decades.

In addition to Hong Kong and Paris, the nine other cities selected to take part in the celebration of 20 years of Hong Kong movies are Udine, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, Seoul, Moscow, Manchester, London and Prague.

Films to be shown in Paris programme

◇         BEAST COPS | 30 September – 16:45 | 1 October – 21:30

◇         BULLETS OVER SUMMER | 22 September – 20:00

◇         FULL ALERT | 22 September – 22:00

◇         GALLANTS | 25 September – 15:00 | 27 September – 20:00

◇         HIGH NOON | 1 October – 19:30 | 5 October 16:45

◇         HOLD YOU TIGHT | 30 September – 19:00 | 6 October – 16:45

◇         INFERNAL AFFAIRS | 30 September – 15:00 | 6 October – 21:30

◇         KUNG FU HUSTLE | 21 September – 17:00 | 8 October – 17:00

◇         LOVE BATTLEFIELD | 23 September – 19:15 | 4 October – 17:15

◇         LOVE IN A PUFF | 28 September – 16:30 | 1 October – 15:30

◇         MADE IN HONG KONG | 23 September – 21:30 | 28 September – 18:45

◇         OUR TIME WILL COME | 20 September – 20:00* | 22 September – 16:45
   *With Special Guest Ann HUI

◇         PORT OF CALL | 25 September – 21:00 | 30 September – 21:15

◇         PROTÉGÉ | 24 September – 17:00 | 5 October – 21:30

◇         PTU | 24 September – 22:00 | 8 October – 19:15

◇         THE GRANDMASTER | 24 September – 19:30 | 7 October – 17:15

◇         THE WARLORDS | 7 October – 20:00 | 11 October – 20:30

◇         THE WAY WE ARE | 21 September – 20:00* | 8 October – 21:15
   *With Special Guest Ann HUI

◇         TIME AND TIDE | 23 September – 16:15 | 6 October – 19:00

◇         TRIVISA | 23 September – 15:00 | 27 September – 17:00

"Creative Visions: Hong Kong CInema 1997-2017" is an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

For more information including media interview requests, please contact:
Elodie Dufour
00 33 1 71 19 33 65
e.dufour@cinematheque.fr


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