This year the Hong Kong International Film Festival will celebrate its 40th edition. Organisers will mark the occasion with some special events, one of which will be a celebration of another anniversary – the 25th anniversary of Jet Tone Films, the production company of Hong Kong’s favourite auteur son, Wong Kar Wai.
With several features selected in competition in Cannes, including wins for Happy Together (Best Director) and In the Mood for Love (Best Actor, Tony Leung), Wong’s most recent feature, 2013’s The Grandmaster swept through awards ceremonies across Asia, winning plenty of Best Film and Director awards, as well as 13 Best Actress gongs for lead Zhang Ziyi. Zhang first worked with Wong on 2046 (pictured, top), a still from which forms the basis of this year’s HKIFF poster.
HKIFF will present a programme of Jet Tone titles, with Wong returning to the festival to present a masterclass, as he did in 2013. Jet Tone currently has The Ferryman, a feature scripted by Wong, in post. The festival hasn’t announced whether that will play in this year’s HKIFF.
HKIFF40 will run 21 March – 4 April. 2016. The key art is featured on all promotional platforms such as programme and booking folders, the official website, mobile app and etc.