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HONG KONG – The Summer International Film Festival, organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, will open with director Dante Lam’s kickboxing drama Unbeatable on Aug. 13 and close with Francois Ozon’s Cannes entry Young and Beautiful on Aug. 27.
The two-week mini-festival, now in its eighth edition, will showcase 21 films from nine countries and regions, including Jane Campion’s two-parter Top of the Lake, starring Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss; Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which he returns to the U.S. after a decade-long tour of London, Barcelona, Paris and Rome; and Camille Claudel 1915, directed by Bruno Dumont (Humanité) and starring Juliette Binoche.
The festival also will feature three comedies from Japan under the Love and Laughs sidebar, including The Apology King by director Mizuta Nobuo (Maiko Haaaan!!!), Maruyama, Middle Schooler by Kudo Kankuro (Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims) and Blindly in Love by Ichii Masahide (Naked of Defenses).
Three documentaries will be shown under the banner Rock, Punk & Wine: The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, about the British band’s career from their formation to their breakup and subsequent reunion; The Punk Syndrome, about a Scandinavian punk band formed by members suffering from autism and Down syndrome; and Red Obsession, a behind-the-scenes look at the rise in popularity and growth in demand of French red wine in China, filmed in France, Hong Kong and China.
The HKIFFS also announced the August lineup of their year-round program, the Cine Fan program. It will show one of cinema’s classics, Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, and highlight the films of Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami such as Where Is the Friend’s Home?, And Life Goes On …, Through the Olive Trees, Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us. The program will also feature a four-film retrospective of Japanese director Oshima Nagisa, who passed away in January, including Boy, The Ceremony, Violence at Night Noon and Band of Ninja.
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