19 premieres in H.K. lineup


The Hong Kong International Film Festival will sport 300 films from 55 countries during the March 17-April 6 showcase, organizers said.

The Hong Kong films "The Way We Are" by Ann Hui, "Love Is Elsewhere" by Vincent Chui and "City Without Baseball" by Lawrence Lau and Scud will make their world premieres, alongside closing film "Coffee or Tea" by Mandrew Kwan and Shu Kei. Nineteen films will debut during the festival.

Actor-director-producer Eric Tsang will be spotlighted as filmmaker in focus, featuring eight of his films as an actor. His latest work as a producer, the "Winds of September" trilogy, will premiere at the festival. At a news conference last week, Tsang was presented with a four-minute clip edited by his protege, director Wong Ching-po.

Highlights also include Ken Loach's "It's a Free World," Sergei Bodrov's Oscar-nominated "Mongol" and Wang Xiaoshui's "In Love We Trust."