HKIFF unveils 2008 program


HONG KONG – The Hong Kong International Film Festival unveiled its line-up for the Mar. 17-Apr. 6 showcase, with 300 films from 55 countries, organizers said Thursday.

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. A total of 19 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 press conference Thursday, Tsang was presented with a 4-minute clip edited by his protégé, director Wong Ching-po.

Highlights also include festival favorites such as Ken Loach’s “It’s a Free World,” Sergei Bodrov’s Oscar-nominated “Mongol” and Wang Xiaoshui’s “In Love We Trust.”