10 Nov

Special Guests

Hong Kong French Film Festival is pleased to announce the five special guests for this year's programme.

The guest panel comprises some of the most influential figures of the French film industry, including a leading actress, world-class directors and a director of the new generation.


Tran Anh Hung

The French Vietnamese director was born in Vietnam in 1962 and immigrated to France at age 12. He studied Philosophy at university at first. He made up his mind to enter the film school École Louis Lumière after he had watched Robert Bresson’s “A Man Escaped”. Tran has won several international film awards. His first feature “The Scent of Green Papaya” won the Caméra d'Orat Cannes Film Festival in 1993 and César Award for Best Debut, the film was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.  His second feature “Cyclo” won the Golden Lion in 1995 at Venice Film Festival. In 2010, Tran made the popular Japanese novel “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami to the big screen which has drawn global audience’s attention.

29/11 "Eternity", followed by a Q&A with Tran Anh Hung .


Benoît Jacquot

Benoît Jacquot is best known as the director filming intimate realist portraits of rebellious or unsettled women who seek to escape from their present circumstances. Over his career he has directed more than thirty films and he is pursuing an international career. His movies “Diary of a Chambermaid” and “Three Hearts” have been released in over thirty countries. His latest work, “Never Ever”, presented at the Hong Kong French Film Festival will be released in France in early December.

13 & 14/12 “Never Ever”, followed by a Q&A with Benoît Jacquot.


Xavier de Lauzanne

Born in 1970 near Paris, Xavier de Lauzanne went to Hotel Management School before organizing hotel/hospitality trainings for disadvantaged youth in Martinique, Vietnam and Cambodia. Deeply touched by the people he encountered during his travels, Xavier became a professional director focusing on independent, socially aware documentaries that are human-centered such as “Hanoi Between Two July 14th” or “Return to RC4”. His latest movie, “Little Gems” was released in France last October 5th and critics are raving about it.

07/12 “Little Gems”, followed by a Q&A with Xavier de Lauzanne. (Sold out)


Jonathan Borgel

Jonathan Borgel is a young director and actor. He directed several short movies: “And if I Stopped Now”, “Casting” and “My First Analyst” which won the Fernand Raynaud Award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

05/12 Short films selection, followed by a Q&A with Jonathan Borgel.


Astrid Whettnall

Astrid Whettnall was born in 1971. She is an actress, known for “In the Name of the Son”, “Yves Saint Laurent” directed by Jalil Lespert, the multi-awarded “Marguerite” and “Road to Istanbul” presented at the Berlin International Film Festival 2016. She is also currently playing Veronique in the TV Series “Baron Noir”.

11/12 “Road to Istanbul”, followed by a Q&A with the lead actress Astrid Whettnall.