33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival Kicks Off With A Bang!
The 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival officially kicked off tonight, with a star-studded Opening Ceremony, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The opening ceremony was followed by the World Premieres of Derek Yee Tung-shing’s Shinjuku Incident and the latest film from renowned Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui, Night and Fog.
Night and Fog director Ms Ann Hui, as well as leading actors Mr. Simon Yam and Ms Zhang Jingchu were also in attendance, as were special guests, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Mr. Arthur Cohn, producer of The Yellow Handkerchief, as well as its leading man, the Academy Award-winning actor Mr. William Hurt. Guests were also treated to a special appearance by international action superstar Mr. Jean-Claude Van Damme
Chairman of the HKIFFS, Mr. Wilfred Wong highlighted the length and breadth of this year’s festival, as well as the 33rd HKIFF’s record number of “Meet The Audience” sessions, which this year numbered 106, a 66% increase from the 64 offered last year.
This year’s Festival has had eager support from the audience with over 85 sold out screenings as at March 22, including Monsters Vs. Aliens, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Yang Yang, and many more. Tickets for other screenings are selling out fast.
Guests at the Gala Opening Ceremony were also wonderfully entertained by the flamboyant efforts of cocktail experts from Grey Goose Vodka, the Vodka Sponsors for the 33rd HKIFF. Premium vodka makers, Grey Goose Vodka, has created three exclusive cocktails especially for the 33rd HKIFF, called “Beacon of Hope”, “Premier”, and “33rd Surprise”.
This year’s HKIFF will screen approximately 300 films from more than 50 countries. The 33nd edition of the festival will run for 23 days, featuring some 17 international premieres, 20 world premieres and 30 Asian premieres.