As one of Hong Kong’s biggest platforms for filmmakers and industry professionals, the Summer International Film Festival will take place this year from August 14-28. Featuring 45 screenings of 27 films from nine countries, the festival provides filmgoers with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of cinematic offerings from across the globe. This year’s selection ranges from Asian productions to award-winning pictures highlighted in many of this year’s world-class film festivals. Grouped into categories according to genre and content, the festival’s screenings are divided as follows: Gala Premieres, consisting of openings of two local productions, “Diva” and “McDull: Pork of Music”; Fest Faves, which includes numerous opening films from prominent film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin; Love and Laughs, with an array of comedies and romantic films; as well as Legends, featuring documentaries of distinguished figures. Other smaller categories include arthouse pieces from Taiwanese and Japanese cinema. In addition, in a special tribute to the late director and screenwriter Éric Rohmer, three of his masterpieces—all of which are set during the summer season—will be screened. Tickets are $65 available from Jul 23 from www.urbtix.hk , 2374-9009 or box office on the day of screening, subject to availability. For program enquiries, visit www.hkiff.org.hk . McDull: Pork of Music (Gala Premiere) (Hong Kong) Created by Alice Mak, Hong Kong’s best-loved cartoon piglet with a heart of gold is back in another feel-good film. The animated pig, originally a supporting character in a comic book series, became a star in his own right when his ordinary, often dim-witted, but always genuine ways earned him legions of fans across Hong Kong. In “Pork of Music,” directed by Brian Tse, the kindergarten at which McDull is enrolled finds itself facing severe financial adversity. Realizing his musical talents, McDull and his friends are enlisted by the principal to form a choir in an attempt to raise funds for the school. As always, Mak instills plenty of puns and jokes with a strong local flavor. Starring the voices of Anthony Wong and Sandra Ng. Aug 15, 10pm. Screening at The Grand Cinema, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (Legends) (USA) Chronicling the life of the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, this documentary celebrates Diana Vreeland’s decades-spanning career in fashion and beyond. Directed by her granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, it features D.V.’s own idiosyncratic voice narrating throughout the film. Tapping into the legacies Vreeland left behind while at the helm of the aforementioned fashion bibles, the revival of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—for which she was single-handedly responsible—is explored, too. Also includes interviews with a dazzling assortment of fashion heavyweights such as Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta and Manolo Blahnik. Aug 19, 9pm; Aug 24, 7:30pm. Screenings at Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. Farewell, My Queen (Fest Faves) (Spain/France) A sumptuous costume drama based upon the events surrounding the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, the film is told through the eyes of a docile servant (Léa Seydoux) of the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger). The visually stunning motion picture invites the audience to watch the events unfold at the eve of a revolution that was to forever change the face of the kingdom, as the ladies of the court continue their charmed lives within the walls of Versailles, unaware of the raging fury at the storming of the Bastille. The Queen’s affection for a particular lady-in-waiting, Gabrielle de Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen), is featured as a storyline that serves to capture the audience’s imagination. Directed by Benoît Jacquot. Aug 20 and 22, 9:30pm. Screenings at UA Langham Place, L8-11, Langham Place, 8 Argyle St., Mong Kok. Moonrise Kingdom (Closing Film) (USA) Set in New England in 1965, Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” is a tale of two adolescents, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) who meet in a small island community during the summer holidays. Romance between the twelve-year-olds begins to blossom, and the two hatch a plan to flee together into the wilderness. As grown-ups (Bruce Willis stars as the police sheriff) lead a frenzied search for the youngsters, the island itself is hit by uncertainty as a hurricane draws near. Also stars Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman. Aug 28, 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Screenings at The Grand Cinema, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon.