HONG KONG – The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Federico Fellini with a full retrospective of his cinematic works, an exhibition, and a special concert featuring Nino Rota’s music from Fellini’s most iconic films.
Organized in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong, and fully supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, HKIFFS will showcase all 24 films that the maestro had directed – most of them newly and digitally restored – in the FELLINI 100 Programme. To mark the occasion, HKIFFS has also created a unique programme key-art inspired by the iconic look from La Strada of Fellini’s wife and muse, Giulietta Masina.
To kick-off, six of Fellini’s most celebrated masterpieces will take center stage at the 44th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF44), now scheduled from 18 to 31 August. They include his four Oscar winners for best foreign-language film, namely: La Strada (1954), the folktale-like odyssey that marked his career breakthrough; Nights of Cabiria (1957), which won Giulietta MASINA the best actress award at Cannes; 8 1⁄2 (1963), widely acclaimed as one of cinema’s most recognized touchstones with his spiritual and artistic musings; and Amarcord (1973), when he was at his most autobiographical.
To complete the line-up are La Dolce Vita (1960), the Palme d’Or winner that rocketed Fellini to international fame and began his life-long creative collaboration with the legendary Marcello Mastroiann; and Roma (1972), his colourful tribute to the Eternal City that stands as an extravagant cinematic spectacle.
Also to take place during HKIFF44 is an exhibition of rarely seen behind-the-scenes photos, film stills and posters, as well as Fellini’s hand-drawn sketches on loan from the Cineteca di Bologna, and a special concert of Nino Rota’s memorable film scores for Fellini, under the baton of acclaimed Italian musician and conductor Lorenzo Antonio IOSCO. HKIFFS Director of Programming Geoffrey Wong said the FELLINI 100 Programme would continue beyond HKIFF44 and last until the end of the year. “Our Cine Fan repertory programme will screen Fellinis remaining 18 films over two bi-monthly editions from September to December,” said Mr WONG. They include Variety Lights (1950); I Vitelloni (1953); Juliet of the Spirits (1965); Fellini Satyricon (1969); Fellini’s Casanova (1976); City of Women (1980); Ginger and Fred (1986); his final work The Voice of the Moon (1990); and three distinctive short films in Love in the City (1953), Boccaccio 70 (1962), and Spirits of the Dead (1968).
Recognized as one of the most gifted filmmakers the world has ever seen, Fellini (1920- 1993) began his career as a screenwriter for Roberto Rossellini on Rome, Open City (1945). He soon transitioned from post-war Neorealism to his distinctive style, inventing a fantastical world constructed by the carnivalesque spectacle, dreamlike imagery and bizarre scenarios to explore themes of memory, desire and artistic expression. His phantasmagorical works, which were at once humorous, imaginative and bewildering, leave behind a legacy that continues to awe and inspire generations of filmmakers.
HKIFFS will announce the full HKIFF44 line-up on 28th July 2020. Tickets will go on sale at all URBTIX outlets and online through www.hkiff.org.hk from 5th August 2020.