HONG KONG – The Summer International Film Festival, organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, will open with director Dante Lam’s kickboxing drama Unbeatable on August 13 and close with Francois Ozon’s Cannes entry Young and Beautiful on August 27.
The two-week mini festival, now in its eighth edition, will showcase 21 films from nine countries and regions, which include Jane Campion’s two-parter Top of the Lake, starring Holly Hunter and Elizabeth Moss; Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which he returns to the U.S. after a decade-long tour of London, Barcelona, Paris, and Rome; and Camille Claudel 1915, directed by Bruno Dumont (Humanité) and starring Juliette Binoche.
The festival will also feature three comedies from Japan under the Love and Laughs sidebar, including The Apology King by director Mizuta Nobuo (Maiko Haaaan!!!), Maruyama, Middle Schooler by Kudo Kankuro (Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims), and Blindly in Love by Ichii Masahide (Naked of Defenses).
Three documentaries will be shown under the banner Rock, Punk & Wine, namely The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, about the British band’s career from their formation to their breakup and subsequent reunion; The Punk Syndrome, about a Scandinavian punk band formed by members suffering from autism and Down syndrome; and Red Obsession, a behind-the-scenes look at the rise in popularity and growth in demand of French red wine in China, filmed in France, Hong Kong, and China.
The HKIFFS also announced the August line-up of their year-round program, the Cine Fan program. The August line-up will show one of cinema’s classics, Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, and highlight the films of Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, such as Where is the Friend’s Home?, And Life Goes On…, Through the Olive Trees, Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us. The program will also feature a four-film retrospective of Japanese director Oshima Nagisa, who passed away earlier this year, including Boy, The Ceremony, Violence at Night Noon, and Band of Ninja.
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