The 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF46) will open with two Hong Kong films – the world premiere of Philip Yung’s Where the Wind Blows, starring Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Ng Yuen-fai’s mega-budget sci-fi blockbuster Warriors of Future, starring Sean Lau and Louis Koo.
Closing the festival is the Asian premiere of Tori and Lokita, the recent 75th Anniversary Award winner at Cannes, from the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc.
Initially scheduled for March, HKIFF46 will go hybrid over 17 days from 15 to 31 August with more than 330 in-theatre and online screenings and audience-engagement events. Highlights include a tribute to this year’s Filmmaker-in-Focus, the iconic actor-producer Sandra Ng.
Five official selections from the recent 75th Cannes Film Festival will feature in HKIFF46. Besides Tori and Lokita, David Cronenberg’s body horror thriller Crimes of the Future, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Jury Prize winner EO, Albert Serra’s Pacifiction, and Saeed Roustaee’s FIPRESCI Prize winner Leila’s Brothers are among the program highlights.
Filmgoers attending HKIFF46 can continue to engage and interact with overseas filmmakers despite their inability to travel to Hong Kong. In addition to the virtual masterclasses with the Dardenne brothers, two other acclaimed filmmakers, Ulrich Seidl and Chung Mong-Hong, will meet the audience through live online streaming following the screening of their latest works, Rimini and The Falls, respectively. Audiences will also be able to connect through online events with other filmmakers, including Mani Haghighi, Dario Argento, and Kamila Andini.