The Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018
Why We Recommend it
Now in its 42nd year, the pioneering film festival is back with a versatile programme containing over 250 quality films from more than 55 countries, which will be screened in various cultural venues in Hong Kong.
Founded in 1975, The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is the region’s oldest and largest film festivals of its kind in Asia.
This year’s edition will see yet another eclectic programme, which includes a tribute to one of the most acclaimed actresses in Chinese language cinema, Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia (Peking Opera Blues, Swordsmen II, Chungking Express), on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of her career debut.
The programme includes screenings of restored classics, among which Luis Buñuel’s iconic film Belle de Jour (1967), Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987), and Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972). Herzog will attend this year’s festival and host a masterclass following the screening of his latest work, Into the Inferno (2016).
Other programme highlights are the Hong Kong premiere of Tsai Ming-Liang’s virtual reality film The Deserted (2017), a tribute to Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, and two special programmes in honour of two ground-breaking Asian filmmakers – Hara Kazuo, who is best known for The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987) and Ishmael Bernal, whose film Miracle (Himala) (1982) was selected by CNN as one of the Best Films of All Time in the Asia Pacific.