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Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018: full programme line-up announced

Festival will open on March 19 with screenings of two feature debuts – Jay Chern’s Omotenashi and Maren Hwang’s Xiao Mei – while no Hong Kong film lover should miss the 14-film retrospective programme on Brigitte Lin

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 February, 2018, 3:15pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 February, 2018, 3:15pm

Maverick German filmmaker Werner Herzog, Hong Kong screen legend Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia and iconic Japanese actress Kyoko Kagawa are but three of the esteemed guests set to attend the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), which announced its full programme today.

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The festival will open on March 19 with screenings of two feature debuts: Jay Chern’s Omotenashi and Maren Hwang’s Xiao Mei.

It will close on April 5 with the world premiere of What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life, the third instalment of veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada’s family comedy series. Both the first and second films of the series have received a theatrical release in Hong Kong.

As reported, Herzog, who will be in town to present his film Into the Inferno, is one of three filmmakers who will give a masterclass. The other two are Kazuo Hara, director of Sennan Asbestos Disaster, and art-house auteur Tsai Ming-liang, who is presenting his 55-minute virtual reality film The Deserted. Online registration for Herzog’s session will start on March 5 at 2pm and for Tsai’s session at 10am.

No Hong Kong film lover should miss the 14-film retrospective programme on Brigitte Lin, this year’s “Filmmaker in Focus”. The former actress will attend a seminar on March 25 to reflect on her illustrious career on screen.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival runs from March 19 to April 5 at various venues. For full programme details, visit its official website.

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