This year's Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival - curated by the HKIFF Cinefan programme - revealed its line-up this morning, with Woody Allen's Cafe Society announced as opening film and Paul Verhoeven's Elle closing festivities which run from 16-30 August across the city.
New offerings from such celebrated auteurs as Whit Stilman (Love & Friendship), Thomas Vinterberg (The Commune), Terrence Malick (Knight of Cups), Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Stig Bjorkman (Ingrid Bergman in her Own Words) also feature prominently. Asian highlights include De Lan from Liu Jie, two-part Japanese thriller Six Four and Lee Yoon-ki's A Man and a Woman, as well as rockumentary We Are X and documentary The Sion Sono.
As always, the festival also features a strong programme of repertory titles, led this year by a tribute to Hollywood musicals, which will include screenings of a new 3D presentation of The Wizard of Oz, together with Cover Girl, An American in Paris, The Sound of Music, A Star is Born, Cabaret and Gigi.
In addition, there will be a special presentation of Certified Copy, in memory of the recent passing of Abbas Kiarostami, and restored screenings of Claude Lelouch's A Man and a Woman and Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, while Alan Parker's Pink Floyd The Wall and Rob Reiner's seminal mockumentary This is Spinal Tap feature in The Taste of Cult sidebar.
For the full listing of films playing, times, venues and ticketing information, head over to the official website.