Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017

JUNE 1-23

OPENING NIGHT | THURSDAY, JUNE 1
FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE

6:30pm - Reception with refreshments
7:30pm - Echoes of the Rainbow | Introduced by Hong Kong filmmakers Alex Law and Mabel Cheung

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). To celebrate, the HKSAR Government takes great pleasure in presenting a number of specially curated film programs on Hong Kong cinema in 10 cities across Europe, North America, and South Korea, in addition to four cities in Mainland China and in Hong Kong. For us, it is a timely occasion for introspection.

Indeed, such programming is particularly significant as the past two decades have seen major changes in Hong Kong cinema, brought about by digital evolution and related technological advancement, regional financial shifts and market changes, and by a new generation of young Hong Kong filmmakers and audiences exploring the boundaries of cinema.

If pre-1997 Hong Kong cinema excelled in its genre diversity and auteur elements wrapped in easily approachable and exportable commercialism, then post-1997 Hong Kong cinema has built on its past legacies with an increasingly personal style of filmmaking by established talents from the 1980s and early 1990s. Added to them is an entourage of fresh talents emerging from the new millennium to rework or subvert the older traditions, in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. For Hong Kong cinema, two generations of filmmakers are converging and expanding in creativity in 2017.

Against such background, we present Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017. Our heartfelt thanks go to the various film organizations in the featured cities for hosting the film programs, our Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society for its tremendous efforts as project manager in making these film programs a reality.

We wish audiences a wonderful time.

Jerry Liu
Head of Create Hong Kong

Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017 is an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).


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