HK Magazine: Were you born into an artistic family? What did your parents do?
Ivan Cotroneo is an acclaimed Italian screenwriter, most known outside his homeland for co-writing the screenplay for “I Am Love,” an Oscar-nominated 2009 film. This year, he brings his directorial debut “Kryptonite!”, a Naples-set nostalgic comedy, to the inaugural edition of Cine Italiano, an Italian cinema-themed film program in Hong Kong. The humble filmmaker talks to Penny Zhou about screenwriting, Italian cinema and imaginary friends.
HK Magazine: How did SIFF come to existence?
Bede Cheng: We’ve been doing this for the last seven years. Every year for the Hong Kong International Film Festival, there are just so many films around, more than we can possibly show during the two-week festival period. Also, great new films always come up during other major film festivals such as Berlin and Cannes, and we have difficulties including those late additions to our program.
As the Summer International Film Festival (SIFF)—presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS)—rolls on, program manager Bede Cheng tells Penny Zhou what to look out for in this year’s program.
When I was a kid, no one knew that illustrating could be a profession. There were only three jobs for women: housewives, nurses and teachers. A housewife cannot wear pretty clothes and her job is tiring. I didn’t want to be a nurse either, because it’s brutal to give injections. So I decided that I wanted to be a teacher.
Twenty years ago, illustrator Alice Mak and her partner (and future husband) Brian Tse gave life to McDull, an adorable cartoon piglet beloved by Hongkongers for his kind spirit and clumsy ways. His poignant stories often reflect the issues faced by many living in the city. As McDull’s fifth movie hits the screens, the soft-spoken illustrator talks to Grace Tsoi about her childhood ambitions and whether she’s selling out her creation.
As one of Hong Kong’s biggest platforms for filmmakers and industry professionals, the Summer International Film Festival will take place this year from August 14-28. Featuring 45 screenings of 27 films from nine countries, the festival provides filmgoers with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of cinematic offerings from across the globe. This year’s selection ranges from Asian productions to award-winning pictures highlighted in many of this year’s world-class film festivals.
Andrea Lo takes a sneak preview of the sizzling lineup at the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival 2012.
HK Magazine: Were you born into an artistic family?
Will Yun-lee: I guess you can say I was born into an artistic family in the sense that my father was one of the first Taekwondo Masters to come to the United States in the late 60s and opened schools all across the US. But our creativity was more in the physical aspect, especially as I became involved in Competitive Karate Forms Tournaments and always had to create new forms that would have the potential to win competitions.
Korean-American actor Will Yun-lee is best known for his role in American TV series “Witchblade,” and has appeared in an array of action films such as “Die Another Day" and the upcoming “Total Recall.” Before his new movie “Far Away Eyes”—an English-language, US-Hong Kong co-produced action thriller—opens in Hong Kong, he talks to Penny Zhou.
HK Magazine: How did you come up with the idea of making “Declaration of War?”
Since starting her screen career as a teenager, Valérie Donzelli has become an acclaimed actress in France and is now an up-and-coming filmmaker. Her second directorial effort, “Declaration of War,” co-written with her ex-partner Jérémie Elkaïm, who is also her co-star, draws inspiration from their own experience having an infant son who suffered from a brain tumor. Nominated for six César Awards, the film was featured at the HKIFF earlier this year. Upon its Hong Kong release, Donzelli talks to Penny Zhou.
The Deep Blue Sea
(UK, 2011) Writer-director Terence Davies adapts Terence Rattigan’s tragically romantic play, retelling a heartbreaking love triangle. A young woman (Rachel Weisz) is happily married to an older, professionally stable High Court judge. But her life is flipped upside down when she falls for a young ex-RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston).
Mar 29, 9:45pm; Apr 4, 12:30pm.
Hong Kong’s most beloved movie showcase, the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) returns this year for its 36th edition. From Mar 21 to Apr 5, over 280 films from all over the world will be screened around town— a carnival for local cinephiles.
Before the 36th HKIFF opens on Mar 21, Penny Zhou takes a look at this year’s exciting program and talks to the mastermind behind it.
Performances are broadcast in real time from New York’s famed Met, captured by 14 cameras simultaneously shoot from multiple angles to record every detail, for that ‘high definition’ view. They are then transmitted by satellite to cinemas in over 46 countries across the world.
Opera at the Movies: The Met in Hong Kong
Always dreamed of a night at the theatre in New York? Well, that theatre has come to Hong Kong – the New York Metropolitan Opera’s all new, high definition (HD) opera season of ‘The Met: Live in HD’ has opened in Hong Kong cinemas, with a bolder and more affordable view than in New York.
We humbly submit these local films for the Academy’s consideration.
We Need to Talk About Henry
In a profound and poetic meditation on what drives people to evil, the Chinese Communist Party brutally and mercilessly installs scandal-plagued Henry Tang as the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong, despite the voluminous public outcry against him. Anchored by a powerful, tear-filled performance by Lisa Kuo, Henry’s real-life wife. A masterpiece. ★★★★★