Moments ago the website for the 35th HKIFF went live, unveiling a veritable buffet of international cinematic treats from every corner of the globe. The festival, which runs from 20 March 2011 to 5 April 2011, opens with Johnnie To's new romantic comedy DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART, starring Louis Koo, Daniel Wu and Gao Yuanyuan and HONG KONG QUATTRO 2 - a four-way anthology film featuring segments directed by some of Asia's finest directors: Brillante Mendoza, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Stanley Kwan and Ho Yu-hang. The festival's Awards Gala will accompany a screening of Li Yu's BUDDHA MOUNTAIN, starring Fan Bing Bing and Sylvia Chang.
2011 will mark my 10th consecutive year attending the festival and the programmers always do a fantastic job of packing the two-and-a-half week odyssey with everything from late night exploitation fare to the most lofty and high-brow arthouse fare the world currently has to offer. A few that immediately jump out at me include:
PUNISHED (Dir. Law Wing-cheong)
SACRIFICE (Dir. Chen Kaige)
VAMPIRE (Dir. Iwai Shunji)
LAST ROMANCE (Dir. Yonfan)
PINA (Dir. Wim Wenders)
THE TURIN HORSE (Dir. Bela Tarr)
SURVIVING LIFE (Dir. Jan Svankmajer)
ESSENTIAL KILLING (Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski)
NEDS (Dir. Peter Mullan)
KABOOM (Dir. Greg Araki)
But that is just the tip of the preverbial iceberg. The 35th HKIFF is also presenting retrospectives on Abbas Kiarostami, Wai Ka-Fai, Fortissimo Films, Vietnamese Classics, New Romanian Cinema and American mumblecore, as well as regular sections like Midnight Heat, Reality Bites and so much more besides. Suffice to say that I'll be spending the next 4 weeks feverishly working out a schedule that will allow me to squeeze them all into 17 days.
You can check out the full lineup here: http://www.hkiff.org.hk/eng/main.html and if you have any recommendations, please share them in the comments below!
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