26 Oct
Eric Berti

CONSUL GENERAL OF FRANCE IN HONG KONG & MACAO

This year, the Hong Kong French Film Festival is celebrating a historic milestone.

Before Hong Kong Special Administrative Region celebrates its 20th Anniversary next year, the HKFFF will welcome its 45th edition in November. As cinema fans would know, the HKFFF is the oldest film festival in Hong Kong. For this special occasion, the Alliance Francaise of Hong Kong will go all out to bring you the best experience of French cinema.

Over the last few decades, the festival has been the Alliance’s pioneer and flagship event on the ever vibrant cultural calendar of Hong Kong. Thanks to this event, viewers can discover the people, landscapes and traditions of France through the art of cinema. The festival team has carefully selected movies which will take the festival audience on a cinematographic journey to France. The Hong Kong general public as well as the French community here have appreciated the efforts to present films that otherwise often would not be commercially screened in Hong Kong.

We are therefore very excited to invite you to discover the line-up of great films in this year’s edition, including 10 gala premieres and 4 distinct categories of movies (animation movies, documentaries, Panorama 2016, Retrospective). This specific selection clearly tells the story of France today, its current struggle with terrorism (“Road to Istanbul” by Rachid Bouchareb), its youth’s vision (“My Life” as a Courgette by Claude Barras, “Being 17” by André Téchiné), its economic and social challenges (“Thanks Boss!” by François Ruffin), its well-known cynical humor (“The Cow” by Mohamed Mahidi), the true compassion of its people (“Little Gems” by Xavier de Lauzanne) and it’s ever-lasting romance (“The Together Project” by Sólveig Anspach, “Never Ever” by Benoît Jacquot). The screening programme will be punctuated by multiple activities such as cine-concerts and sharings.

Hong Kong is a unique bridge between eastern and western cultures. The city has thus warmly welcomed manifold expressions of culture from all over the world. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Hong Kong for allowing us to be part of its cultural journey during all these years – and we look forward to seeing you at the cinemas to enjoy with us the French Film Festival!

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