48th Hong Kong French Film Festival Returns with 40+ Classics

Why We Recommend it

The 48th Hong Kong French Film Festival celebrates French cinema by screening more than 40 films in two major sections: Cinepanorama which screens new releases, and Retrospective, a selection of classics, including works by French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda.


As a pioneer of Hong Kong’s film festivals, Alliance Française de Hong Kong has screened over 1,600 acclaimed French films since 1953. The 48th edition of the Hong Kong French Film Festival continues to bring the latest of French cinema to Hong Kong film lovers. Of highlight is French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), which tells of the psychological transformation of Cleo, a young and pretty singer, who waits for the results of her medical test.

Apart from the classics, the festival also introduces note-worthy contemporary works, such as La Belle Époque (2019) of the “Out of Competition” category at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Victor, in the sixties, has his life turned upside down the day that Antoine, a flourishing entrepreneur, offers him a unique new brand of entertainment. Using a combination of theatrical artifice and historical re-enactment, his company gives its clients the opportunity to travel back in time, and Victor decides to relive the most memorable week of his existence, 40 years earlier, when he met the love of his life.

The festival will be companioned by a series of special events, including Images of The French New Wave (a photo exhibition on the French New Wave) at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, as well as a free guided tour of the exhibition by Raymond Cauchetier.


Please note that the French films will be supplemented with English subtitles.


When: 20 Nov 2019 - 10 Dec 2019 Where: Various