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Coming to a Cinema Near You

March 17, 2014
The 38th HKIFF
Hong Kong cinemas rarely excite with their ‘coming attractions’, which are all too often Hollywood blockbusters reeled off months after they’ve been released in Europe and the US. So March is a month that film buffs territory-wide keenly await as it marks the beginning of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), a yearly event that showcases a worldly roster of over 330 titles from more than 50 countries, to be shown in 11 major cultural venues across the city, including The Science Museum, City Hall, and the Cultural Centre.

It should go without saying that topping the bill are works from local talent, such as opening film Aberdeen by Pang Ho-cheung about the conflict of modern and traditional family life, as well as closing cop thriller That Demon Within from action maestro Dante Lam. But the lineup also features some fantastic indie hits from across the waves, like the Coen Brothers’ melancholy folk artist portrait Inside Llewyn Davis, Lars Von Trier’s self-evidently controversial Nymphomaniac, and the highly-anticipated biopic Yves Saint Laurent about the iconic French-Algerian designer’s rise to fame. Not only that, but the festival will also showcase a number of seminal, all-time classics such as Mallick’s young lovers on the run flick Badlands, classic Hitchcock thriller Dial M for Murder, a smoldering James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, and early French chef d’oeuvre L’Atalante. Fin!

From 24 March until 7 April, 2014.

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