Press Release

The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival Presents "French Night"
And Face-to-Face Conversation with Sophie MARCEAU & Karena LAM

Mar 10, 2016

10 March 2016 (Hong Kong) – The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival will present “French Night” on 22 March 2016 with Paris-born filmmaker Audrey ESTROUGO’s Jailbirds (2015), co-presented by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and UniFrance. International star Sophie MARCEAU will introduce the screening on 22 March and conduct a Face-to-Face conversation the following night (23 March), with Golden Horse Best Actress Karena LAM as guest moderator.

MARCEAU gives a compelling performance as Mathilde, a woman jailed to save the man she loves, even at the cost of her own child.  While the prisons of men have provided a powerful scenario for French cinema, ESTROUGO devoted months to trying to understand the lives of womenin prisons – both their creation and the destruction society imposed upon them. MARCEAU transmutes this portrait of injustice into a powerful work of art.

HKIFF40 will continue its focus on French cinema with other recent films, including 21 Nights with Pattie(2015) by Arnaud LARRIEU and Jean-Marie LARRIEU; Marguerite (2015) by Xavier GIANNOLI; The White Knights (2015) by Joachim LAFOSSE; All Three of Us (2015) by KHEIRON; Les Cowboys (2015) by Thomas BIDEGAIN; and Night Fare (2015).  The director Julien SERI and producer Raphaël COHEN of Night Fare will meet the audience at screenings on 1st and 3rd April.  Mr. COHEN is also the producer of well-known recent French films Carlos and Je Suis Charlie.

In addition, the festival will present the Asian premieres of three French films: Tomorrow (2015) by Cyril DION and Mélanie LAURENT; A Childhood (2015) by Philippe CLAUDEL; and Love 3D (2015) by Gaspar NOÉ.

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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.


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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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