In this week’s online exclusive, we pick three must-see films that are being screened at the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival
Culture vultures mourning the end of art week need despair no longer, as the city’s biggest cinema event is kicking off with a bang come Monday. Launching on March 23, the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival will screen more than 250 films from 56 countries before it ends on April 6. Screenings will take place at 10 venues around the city, including the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
It can be hard to choose which films to see from such an enormous programme, so we’ve picked three of our favourites.
Murmur of the Hearts (March 23 at 8:00pm and 9:45pm)
This is the world premiere of Murmur of the Hearts, the latest feature film by Taiwanese director Sylvia Chang. Chang herself will attend the showing, as will cast members Isabella Leong, Joseph Chang, Lawrence Ko and Angelica Lee. Chang has returned to her Taiwanese roots for this film, a story about the drifting apart – and unexpected reunion – of a brother and sister.
Chang is also this year’s Filmmaker in Focus, so 13 of her earlier films will be screened during the HKIFF.
Kung Fu Jungle (March 30 at 2:30pm)
Starring one of our previous cover stars, kung-fu maestro Donnie Yen, this is a classic Hong Kong action film directed by local star Teddy Chan, whose previous movies include Bodyguards and Assassins and Infernal Affairs II. Kung Fu Jungle features many cameos from the legends of Hong Kong cinema, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled during this action-packed thriller.
To read our interview with Donnie Yen, click here: http://prestigehongkong.com/2014/05/donnie-be-good
Pride (April 6 at 9:00pm, April 11 at 5:30pm and 17 May at 2:00pm)
Jubilant and touching, British indie flick Pride has won almost universal praise since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Based on the uplifting true story of the unlikely alliance between London-based LGBT activists and an isolated mining community during Thatcher-era Britain, this film features a stellar cast, which includes Bill Nighy and Oscar-winner Imelda Staunton. Writers Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone recently won the outstanding debut award at this year’s BAFTAs.