The 47th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF47) has unveiled three prominent Hong Kong films, including two world premieres, to bookend this year's 12-day event.
The Asian premiere of Filmmaker-in-Focus Soi Cheang's noir thriller, Mad Fate, starring Gordon Lam and Lokman Yeung, and the world premiere of Elegies, Ann Hui's lyrical documentary portrayal of the topography of contemporary local poetry, will open HKIFF47 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 30 March. The world premiere of Vital Sign, an affecting drama directed by Cheuk Wan-chi and starring Louis Koo, Yau Hawk-sau, and Angela Yuen, will close the festival on 10 April.
Returning to its traditional March and April dates after last year's postponement, the hybrid HKIFF47 will showcase no fewer than nine world premieres, six international premieres, and an astounding 67 Asian premieres among some 200 films curated from 64 countries and regions worldwide.
HKIFF47's highlights include award-winners from major international film festivals and the latest from master filmmakers such as Werner Herzog, Cristian Mungiu, Frederick Wiseman, and Hong Sang-soo.Largely absent from Hong Kong since 2019, overseas filmmakers will return to meet the local audiences in person. They include maestro Tsai Ming-Liang, who will bring his latest feature Where, and hold a masterclass with Lee Kang-Sheng following the screenings of his short Where Do You Stand, Tsai Ming-Liang?.
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