Press Release

The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival:
'In the Mood for Films – 25th Anniversary of Jet Tone Films' with WONG Kar Wai
and Master Class with Hungarian Director Béla TARR

Feb 19, 2016

19 February 2016 (Hong Kong) – The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival will present “In the Mood for Films – 25th Anniversary of Jet Tone Films”.  Fourteen of the Hong Kong company’s films will be shown, including the long version of Eros: The Hand (2004) and The Grandmaster 3D (2015) which have never been screened before in Hong Kong.

Founded by celebrated directors WONG Kar Wai and Jeff LAU in 1991, Jet Tone Films is known by cineastes worldwide for its unique brand of artful filmmaking, and has now become the leading creator of international-standard quality Asian films.

The programme will include two Jet Tone releases never before screened in Hong Kong. Eros: The Handis a 60-minute version of WONG’s shorter film that was featured in the anthology Eros (2004), which also included segments by Steven SODERBERGH and Michelangelo ANTONIONI.  The Grandmaster 3D(2015) is based on WONG’s North American version of his 2013 film and features a new structure, a streamlined narrative and additional material.

A seminar entitled “In the Mood for Films – 25th Anniversary of Jet Tone Films” will be held on 25 March at 2:30p.m. at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, with director WONG Kar Wai as the guest speaker and director Philip YUNG (Port of Call, 2015) as the moderator.   The seminar will be conducted in Cantonese, and admission is free.

Acclaimed Hungarian director Béla TARR will lead a master class following the screening of his film The Turin Horse (2011), a meditation on the imminence of death and the pain that comes with it.  The film won the Jury Grand Prix at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

The Turin Horse will be shown on 24 March at Hong Kong City Hall Theatre at 7:30 p.m., followed immediately by TARR’s master class, which will be conducted in English.  Admission to both the film and master class is by ticket only.

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About The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)
The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new works and experience outstanding films.

Screening over 280 titles from more than 50 countries in over 10 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 600,000.

Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talents. As a lifestyle event, festival-goers can enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, join celebration parties, and more.

The Festival draws extensive media coverage from over 500 local and international press members and continues to grow in importance as one of the premier platforms to launch films in Asia. HKIFF40 will be held from 21 March to 4 April 2016.

About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS)
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organises the annual flagship Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (Summer IFF) held every August. Besides, the HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers, the monthly programme features a variety of curate contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world’s most inspired films all year round.

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