Hong Kong, Reimagined
The Hong Kong, Reimagined is an ambitious programme which aims to spark constructive public debate about the special administrative region, curated by UK-China Film Collab, co-organiser of the festival with support from Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University. This programme not only showcase contemporary talents, classics, hidden gems and new releases from the region, but also present Hong Kong at different points in time.
Shanghai Animation Film Studio Retro
The Shanghai Animation Film Studio Retro section will showcase 10 Chinese animation classics dated from the 1950s to the present, such as The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven (1961). Viewers will have a unique opportunity to learn about the tradition of Chinese animation, since all films shown in this programme are hand-drawn and made, which brings a sense of warmness that is missing in contemporary computer-generated animation.
The Approaching Reality programme shows six new documentaries focusing on different sides of Chinese society and Chinese culture: family and marriage, geographical landscape, minority youth groups, and the international diaspora female figure.
Lou Ye Mini Retro
The Lou Ye’s Mini-Retrospective programme features internationally acclaimed classic titles by Chinese arthouse director Lou Ye and the UK premiere of The Shadow Play. Lou Ye, known as the Sixth-Generation director of Chinese cinema, is one the European film festival circuit’s most valued international auteurs. Dreamy and innovative narration are often the signatures to Lou’s films, which have regularly premiered at Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam Film Festivals and many more.
This section introduces contemporary Chinese directors and their striking debuts. Three films are shown in the opening month: A First Farewell (2018) by Lina Wang, The Crossing (2018) by Bai Xue, and The Silent Holy Stone (2006) by Pema Tseden. Encompassing Mandarin, Cantonese, Tibetan and Uyghur dialects and cultures, these films reflect how diverse life can be in the different regions of China.
In recent years the world has witnessed the rise of the Chinese mega-blockbuster and the seemingly unstoppable rise of the film industry in China. In this section we have selected some commercial films that triumphed at the domestic box-office with relatively high production value.
Discussion Panels & Q&As
Nine free discussion panels covering a wide range of industry and cultural topics are organized by the UK-China Film Collab alongside the season to enrich its programme, including four panels like “International Reception of Chinese Language Films by Post-Millenials” and “British East/Southeast Asian Women in Film and TV” for former half of the season, and five further discussion panels afterwards, such as “Film Data and Policy Between the UK & China” and “The Future of Co-production Film Between the UK & China”.