A FILM NOIR RETROSPECTIVE BRIDGING FRANCE AND HONG KONG

2011-06-03 (All day) - 2011-06-26 (All day)

A FILM NOIR RETROSPECTIVE BRIDGING FRANCE AND HONG KONG

When: 3 (Fri) - 26 (Sun) June, 2011
Where: Broadway Cinematheque、PALACE IFC、Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre、Broadway Mongkok

 A FILM NOIR RETROSPECTIVE BRIDGING FRANCE AND HONG KONG

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Following on from the success of last year’s cinema retrospective “Femmes, Femmes, Femmes”, Le French May is proud to present a new and ambitious programme that pays tribute to one of France and Hong Kong’s favourite genres, Film Noir.

A highlight in the Festival, this unique retrospective not only serves as a bridge between France and Hong Kong, it also places a spotlight on their different approaches to the genre, showcasing their creative diversity and distinctive styles. As such, the programme is varied, with crime, thrillers and dramas that encompass fictional stories tinted with a realism and romanticism that captures the essence of the French genre. And in contrast, the stylistic grittiness evocative of Hong Kong, as well as stories that reflect society or surrealism.

The programme comprises three parts: Panorama, which focuses on French contemporary cinema over the last decade; Classics in Focus, featuring French classics spanning the 60’s up to the 90’s; And Carte Blanche to Johnnie To, a selection of films that mainly represent Hong Kong’s New Wave cinema of the 80’s. Le French May is particularly delighted that this latter section has been designed in association with Johnnie To and his legendary production company Milkyway Image to underline Hong Kong’s unique identity and most talented directors.

Panorama features ten titles by a variety of filmmakers who approach the genre in a very personal way. The selection opens with A Prophet by Jacques Audiard, which won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Other films include The Young Lieutenant by director Xavier Beauvois, The Killer, directed by his long time script-writing partner, Cédric Anger; and two not-to-be-missed films: the animated science-fiction film Renaissance by Christian Volckman and Boarding Gate by Olivier Assayas, which was partly filmed in Hong Kong.

Classics in Focus showcases famous filmmakers such as Jacques Becker, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Corneau, as well as some fantastic book adaptation’s like Claude Chabrol’s This Man Must Die, from the Nicholas Blake novel, and Claude Miller’s Police Custody, originally titled Brainwash, by John Wainwright.

Taking different approaches to the genre are Bertrand Tavernier, whose film L.627 is unrivalled in depicting the true, day-to-day dangers faced by a policeman, Bertrand Blier’s Cold Cuts, which delights through its masterfully composed series of comic situation, and The Hole, a story of a meticulously detailed attempt at escaping prison, which was shot in 1960 by Jacques Becker and is hailed as a masterpiece.

In his selection titled Carte Blanche to Johnnie To, the respected Hong Kong filmmaker has chosen films that represent the city’s richest period in cinema. Directors featured include Tsui Hark, John Woo, Ann Hui and Ringo Lam, to name a few. Most of these films will never be seen in today’s modern cinemas, and for the likes of Tsui Hark’s controversial Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind, it’s the first showing of the director’s cut for 31 years. This selection also includes a film by Wong Tin-Lam shot in 1960.

 

PANORAMA

 FILM SELECTION  Release Date Director
A Prophet(OPENING FILM) 2009 Jacques Audiard
The Killer(Le Tueur) 2008 Cédric Anger
Boarding Gate 2007 Olivier Assayas
Lady Jane 2007 Robert Guédiguian
Right Now(À tout de Suite) 2006 Benoît Jacquot
Renaissance 2006 Christian Volckman
The Young Lieutenant 2005 Xavier Beauvois
The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2004 Jacques Audiard
The Ax (Le Couperet) 2004 Costa-Gavras
Hanging Offense (Cette femme-là) 2003 Guillaume Nicloux

 

CLASSICS IN FOCUS

 FILM SELECTION Release Date Director
L.627 1992 Bertrand Tavernier
He Died with His Eyes Open 1985 Jacques Deray
Police Custody (Garde à vue) 1981 Claude Miller
Cold Cuts (Buffet froid) 1979 Bertrand Blier
Police Python 357 1975 Alain Corneau
The Red Circle (Le Cercle rouge) 1970 Jean-Pierre Melville
This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure) 1969 Claude Chabrol
The Hole (Le Trou) 1960 Jacques Becker

 

CARTE BLANCHE TO JOHNNIE TO

 FILM SELECTION Release Date Director
My Heart is that Eternal Rose 1989 Patrick Tam
As Tears Go By 1988 Wong Kar-Wai
On the Run 1988 Alfred Cheung
City on Fire 1987 Ringo Lam
A Better Tomorrow 1986 John Woo
Long Arm of the Law 1984 Johnny Mak
Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind 1980 Tsui Hark
The Secret 1979 Ann Hui
The Wild, Wild Rose 1960 Wong Tin-Lam

 

A Film Noir Retrospective Bridging France and Hong Kong - Schedule

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $65
Add: 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Ticketing:
1.Tickets will be available at all HK Ticketing outlets
2.Phone Ticketing: 852-31288288
3.Online Ticketing: www.hkticketing.com
Enquiry Hotline: 852-29228228

 

Broadway Cinematheque
Tickets: $60 ($48 for bc VIP members)
Add: Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ticketing:
1.Tickets will be available at all HK Ticketing outlets
2.Phone Ticketing: 852-23883188
3.Online Ticketing: www.cinema.com.hk
*$6 handing fee will be charged on each ticket purchased online or by phone.
Enquiry Hotline: 852-23880002、852-27837004 (Member Hotline)

 

PALACE IFC
Tickets: $75 ($63 for bc VIP members)
Add: Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
Ticketing:
1.Tickets will be available at all HK Ticketing outlets
2.Phone Ticketing: 852-23886268
3.Online Ticketing: www.cinema.com.hk
*$6 handing fee will be charged on each ticket purchased online or by phone.
Enquiry Hotline: 852-23886268

 

Broadway Mongkok
Tickets: $55 ($46 for bc VIP members)
Add: 6-12 Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong (MTR Mongkok Station - Exit E)
Ticketing:
1.Tickets will be available at all HK Ticketing outlets
2.Phone Ticketing: 852-23883188
3.Online Ticketing: www.cinema.com.hk
*$6 handing fee will be charged on each ticket purchased online or by phone.
Enquiry Hotline: 852-23880002、852-27837004 (Member Hotline)

For details please visit:bc.cinema.com.hk / www.frenchmay.com

 

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*Information provided by Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, Alliance Française of Hong Kong and impactasia (hong kong) limited.

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