HONG KONG – The 44th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF44) will present ten restored classics from master filmmakers whose undiminished brilliance continues to inspire and resonate with generations of audience.
In their very different ways, the greatness of Francis Ford Coppola and Abbas Kiarostami knows no bounds. After simmering for 40 years, Coppola’s “definitive” version of Apocalypse Now: Final Cut(2019) has confirmed its rightful place in the pantheon of cinematic myths with its phantasmagoria spectacle. In First Case, Second Case (1979), Kiarostami span a simple case of classroom discipline into an inspiring discourse on the dilemmas of the Iranian revolution. Those attending this screening will also have a chance to see two other Kiarostami shorts of similar themes, namely Tribute to the Teachers (1977) and Two Solutions for One Problem (1975).
Romance transcends time in the hands of master filmmakers. A fragile relationship is transformed into a dreamy illusion under the hallucinatory light of Paris in Robert Bresson’s Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971). The mesmerizing splendour in the sumptuous world of a 19th century Shanghai brothel is re-imagined in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Flowers of Shanghai (1998); while past cinematic glory mysteriously echoes contemporary alienation in Tsai Ming-Liang’s Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003).
To complete the set are three silent masterpieces, all released in the same year of 1928, that are testimonies of Hollywood’s march into the Golden Age of creativity and exploration. In Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus and Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman, the two kings of comedy exemplified their slapstick acrobatics while offering a different vision of the American soul. In Street Angel, Hollywood romantic Frank Borzage reunited with stars Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell to delve into the redemptive power of love.
HKIFFS will announce the full HKIFF44 line-up on 28th July 2020, and run from 18th to 31st August 2020. Tickets will go on sale at all URBTIX outlets and online through www.hkiff.org.hk from 5th August 2020.