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Taiwanese director Giddens Ko’s black comedy mon mon mon MONSTERS will close the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival, which is set to run April 11-25.
The festival will host gala premieres for The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue by Ishii Yuya from Japan, Spoor by Agnieszka Holland from Poland, On Body and Soul by Ildiko Enyedi from Hungary and Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas from France. Holland, Enyedi and Assayas will visit Hong Kong to give master classes.
A retrospective of Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang, who died in 2007, will showcase the restored version of Taipei Story and A Brighter Summer Day.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, the fest will feature 14 films made in Hong Kong after 1997 in the sidebar Paradigm Shift: Post-97 HK Cinema, including Infernal Affairs, Shaolin Soccer, The Grandmaster 3D and a newly restored Made in Hong Kong.
The event also will highlight the cinema of Latin America and Romania, with screenings of Argentina’s A Decent Woman, Brazil’s Aquarius, The Untamed from Mexico/Denmark and Neruda from Chile/Argentina for the former region and Sieranevada, Ana, mon amour, Scarred Hearts and Graduation, which won the best director award at last year’s Cannes festival for helmer Cristian Mungiu, for the latter.
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