HONG KONG CINEMA EXTRAVAGANZA
TO MAKE WAVES AT UDINE
12 April 2022 (Hong Kong) – Making Waves - Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema, a touring film programme to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), will kick off during the 24th Far East Film Festival in Udine later this month.
This unique cinematic extravaganza is presented by Create Hong Kong in partnership with the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) and supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels. Running from 22 to 30 April at Udine’s Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine and Visionario cinema, it showcases a specially curated 13-film screening programme, focusing on new and emerging talents, and a virtual photographic exhibition that showcases the works of four unit photographers, each telling a unique story of Hong Kong cinema in a new artistic dimension and fascination.
“We started Far East Film Festival with a zero edition completely dedicated to Hong Kong films just a few months after the Handover,” FEFF Festival President Sabrina Baracetti recalled. “We are honoured and proud to be the first stop of this exciting programme that celebrates Hong Kong extraordinary cinema with a rich and diverse selection of titles.”
Create Hong Kong Assistant Head Gary Mak, in thanking FEFF’s collaboration, believes the programme will demonstrate the uniqueness and progress of Hong Kong cinema since 1997.
“With the government’s increasing support in nurturing young film talents in Hong Kong in recent years, I am excited this year’s festival will showcase many of their works,” Mr Mak said.
Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union Eddie Cheung also pays tribute to the local film industry’s creativity and resourcefulness.
“Hong Kong filmmakers have proven their talent and versatility in the face of many commercial and technological challenges with their successfully made films, not only for Hong Kong and Mainland China but for a global audience,” Mr Cheung said. “It is opportune that we can highlight their works in our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.”
After Udine, the Making Waves programme will travel to other cities, including Shanghai, Bali, London, Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tokyo, Warsaw, Prague, Dubai, and Hong Kong. Please regularly visit the official Making Waves website for news and updates.
The 13-film featured in the Making Waves programme at Udine are: -
- Caught in Time (Italian Premiere)
- Far Far Away (European Premiere)
- Finding Bliss: Fire & Ice – The Directors’ Cut (World Premiere)
- The First Girl I Loved (Italian Premiere)
- Legendary in Action! (World Premiere)
- Schemes in Antiques (International Premiere)
- Sunshine of My Life (World Premiere)
- Table for Six (World Premiere)
- Tales from the Occult (European Premiere)
- Twelve Days (International Premiere)
- Executioners Restored Version (European Premiere)
- Heroic Trio Restored Version (Italian Premiere)
- Initial D Restored Version (World Premiere)
All screenings will take place at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine and Visionario cinema in Udine. For screening details, including times and dates, please visit FEFF’s official website, www.fareastfilm.com.
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Making Waves - Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema
It is an accredited event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.
About Create Hong Kong (CreateHK)
CreateHK is a dedicated office set up under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Government of the HKSAR to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. It coordinates governmental policy and effort regarding creative industries, focuses governmental resources on promoting and speeding up the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the growth of creative industries.
About Far East Film Festival (FEFF)
Kicked off in 1999 in Udine, after a “zero” edition dedicated to Hong Kong cinema in 1998, the Far East Film Festival has become the leading European outpost for Asian cinema. It has played host to legends like Jackie Chan and Joe Hisaishi, cult directors like Johnnie To and Takashi Miike, stars, divas and key players. Even the terrible 2020 couldn’t stop it – it just moved online. Inclusive and pop-culture-centric, the FEFF doesn’t end after the nine days of the festival but continues throughout the year with film and TV distribution, home video, and even streaming through the Fareastream digital platform.
About Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO Brussels)
HKETO Brussels is the official representation of the HKSAR Government to the European Union and 15 countries in Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Turkey. HKETO Brussels promotes Hong Kong’s economic, trade and cultural interests, enhances understanding of Hong Kong among different sectors and organises events to promote Hong Kong’s unique strengths and resilient fundamentals in connecting Mainland China and the rest of the world.