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Top Picks for September's Film Festivals

Every night is movie night this September: Evelyn Lok rounds up the best of the month’s film festivals.
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 September, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:50pm

Chinese Documentary Festival (Sep 8-Oct 5)

Lee Po (Sep 13, 18)

Tan Chi-wing’s half-hour short gives us a succinct understanding of the livelihood, dignity and wisdom of Grandma Lee, who earns a living by collecting recyclable paper.

Flowing Stories (Sep 27)

Tsang Tsui-shan looks at the meaning of “home,” capturing the nostalgia of Cheung Chau villagers who live abroad in England and France. $65 from

Cine! Italiano (Sep 16-20)

An Italian Name (Sep 18)

The opening film of this year’s Cine! Italiano is a rapidly escalating drama that bubbles from a benign family dinner conversation into the unleashing of each person’s insecurities.

The Invisible Boy (Sep 20)

A sci-fi flick from the producers of “The Great Beauty,” in which a bullied teen receives the power of invisibility, and takes on the great responsibilities that come with it. $80 from

HK Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Sep 19-Oct 10)

Front Cover (Sep 19)

A Chinese-American fashion stylist disdains his own Chinese heritage, but is tasked to style a Beijing actor. A fledgling friendship soon develops, leading to a romance as they reconcile their differences and prejudices. Plus, they’re both really, really good-looking. 

I Am Michael (Sep 23, 26)

James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Charlie Carver star in the controversial true story of a gay activist who rejects his sexuality and becomes a Christian pastor. $80-180 from or

Sundance Film Festival (Sep 17-27)

Dope (Sep 19, 27)

Malcolm and his best friends would much rather spend their time with 90s hip hop vinyls, but they find themselves caught up in a drug sale that Malcolm must pull off… or jeopardize his dreams of going to Harvard.

The Witch (Sep 20, 24)

Set in 1630 at the edge of a formidable forest, Robert Eggers’ debut feature is a chilling look at puritanical New England and the unraveling anxieties that follow when a crops fail and a baby goes missing—all told through the eyes of a teenage girl. $90 from

Life is Art Film Festival (Through Sep 30)

Iris (Sep 13, 26)

“Iris” pairs legend with legend: The 87-year-old filmmaker and documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the always fantastically dressed 93-year-old fashion icon.

Amy (Sep 18-19, 25)

The definitive biographical film of Amy Winehouse gives glimpses into her teenage aspirations, intimate thoughts, music and battles with substance abuse. $65-190 from