24 Oct

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.


dric Klapisch

Born in 1961, Cedric Klapisch is a director and writer. Over his career, he directed more than twenty movies.  In 1997, he received a César Award for his movie “Family Resemblances”, an adaptation of the eponym theatre play written by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri. Romain Duris, his favorite actor, appears in a great number of his movies such as “The Spanish Apartment” and “Paris”. His latest work, “Back to Burgundy” presented at the Hong Kong French Film Festival was released in France last June 14th.

22/11 Gala Night and 25/11 "Back to Burgundy", followed by a Q&A with Cedric Klapisch and Ana Girardot.


Ana Girardot

Ana Girardot was born in 1988. She is a young actress who studied theatre in New York. She is known for “Escobar: Paradise Lost”, “Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart” and “Dr. Knock”. In 2010, she played in Fabrice Gobert’s movie “Lights Out”, selected at the Cannes Film Festival.  In 2015, she scored a leading role in Cedric Klapisch’s movie “Back to Burgundy”. 

22/11 Gala Night and 25/11 "Back to Burgundy", followed by a Q&A with the leading actress Ana Girardot and the director Cedric Klapisch.


Michel Hazanavicius

Born in Paris from Lithuanian parents, Michel Hazanavicius first appears in a movie as an actor in “Fear City” released by Les Nuls. After working as a director for commercials and television projects, he wrote and directed in 1999 his first feature “Mes amis”. Known for playing with codes and genres, his two spy parodies “OSS 117” were a success at the box office. In 2011, “The Artist”, a silent film in black-and-white starring his wife Bérénice Béjo and Jean Dujardin, brought him fame with five Oscars awards. With “Redoubtable”, he pays tribute to Jean-Luc Godard, another great French filmmaker.

30/11 and 01/12 "Redoubtable", followed by a Q&A with Michel Hazanavicius.


Etienne Comar

Born in January 1965, Etienne Comar is a producer and writer. He wrote and produced several features: “Of Gods and Men”, “My King” and “Haute Cuisine”. He won the César Award for Best Film as producer in 2011 and 2015 for the movie “Timbuktu”.  His latest movie “Django”, a biopic of Django Reinhardt, has been selected to open the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

22/11 and 23/11 "Django", followed by a Q&A with Etienne Comar.