HKIFF readies trio of tributes
By Patrick Frater
Wed, 02 February 2011, 12:55 PM (HKT)
Next month's Hong Kong International Film Festival 香港國際電影節 will feature a trio of different retrospectives.
These include a new film and a masterclass by Chinese director JIA Zhangke 賈樟柯 (pictured); a tribute to leading Iranian auteur Abbas KIAROSTAMI; and a look back at KWAI Chi-hung 桂治洪, who the festival describes as 'Hong Kong Cult Meister.'
The Jia event sees the premiere of Yulu 語路 (2011), a 90-minute omnibus film that involves six young directors conducting interviews with 12 leading Chinese figures from different walks of life. Jia produced the film and directed two of the 12 segments.The masterclass will be held on 21 Mar 2011.
The Kiarostami tribute involves the screening of his recent Certified Copy and 14 of his previous films, including The Taste of Cherry, which shared the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997.
Kwai, who died in 1999, is to be remembered through eight films which represent his range as contract director at Shaw Bros – spanning crime thrillers, bizarre horror, movies of witchcraft and superstition, swordplay action and erotica. Best known is Killer Constable 萬人靳 (1980) from 1980.
Organised in conjunction with the Hong Kong Film Archive 香港電影資料館, the tribute will also include the publication of a book containing essays and interviews with Kwai's collaborators.
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