Hong Kong International Film Festival to Open with Johnnie To's 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart'

The action director's second rom-com will open the 35th HKIFF along with 'Quattro Hong Kong 2.'

HONG KONG – The 2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival will open with Don't Go Breaking My Heart, the new urban comedy from long-time collaborators Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai, and Quattro Hong Kong 2, the omnibus film of four stories from the Philippines’ Brillante Mendoza, Malaysia’s Ho Yu-hang, Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Hong Kong’s Stanley Kwan.

Organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society in its 35th year with a budget of HK$22 million.  “Every year we grow from the foundation we’ve built up,” HKIFFS chairman Wilfred Wong told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve received a historical number of 1248 submitted films this year, and will show over 330 in our selection. It demonstrates that the festival is an established platform for international cinema in Asia that is highly regarded by filmmakers around the world,” Wong said.  

“We’re happy to be able to produce Quattro Hong Kong 2,” said HKIFFS executive director Roger Garcia. “We have a great lineup of directors this year. We opened up the Quattro Hong Kong idea to show short stories about Hong Kong to Southeast Asian directors. It enhance our position as the hub of Asian cinema in region.”

The festival also has a wide selection of award-nominated and prize-winning films from festivals around the world this year, including Berlinale winners Nader and Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi and The Turin Horse by Béla Tarr. “It shows that we’re very good at picking winners,” laughed Garcia.  “It gives a good chance for the Hong Kong audience to see films they might have read about but haven’t had a chance to see,” Garcia added.