Cinema Akil, the UAE’s only independent cinema, is gearing up for a cinematic extravaganza as it proudly presents the second edition of the Hong Kong Film Festival. Titled ‘Asian Cinerama: Hong Kong Film Festival,’ this event promises to be a delightful celebration of Hong Kong’s rich cinematic heritage, blending the latest releases with timeless classics.
With seven carefully curated films, this festival aims to showcase the past, present, and future of Hong Kong’s vibrant film industry. Movie enthusiasts can look forward to exciting, action-packed films, intense thrillers, and heartwarming romantic dramas that capture the essence of Hong Kong’s cinematic prowess.
What sets this festival apart is the opportunity to engage with the talent behind the films. Some select screenings will feature Q&A sessions, allowing audiences to delve into the intricacies of these cultural gems from Hong Kong. Young film actress Ng Wing Sze, renowned for her performances in Mad Fate (2023) and Back Home (2023), will be in attendance to interact with the audience, offering a unique chance to gain insights from the rising star of Hong Kong cinema.
This exciting project falls under the Asian Cinerama initiative and is presented by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) in collaboration with Cinema Akil and funded by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) and the Film Development Fund (FDF), with the backing of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in Dubai.
The festival’s kick-off on November 10th promises an adrenaline rush with Mad Fate (2023), directed by Soi Cheang. This thrilling roller coaster ride follows a fortune-teller’s quest to alter a killer’s destiny, setting the stage for a captivating cinematic journey. A Light Never Goes Out (2022) by director Anastasia Tsang, a tribute to Hong Kong’s iconic neon signs, follows, along with director Lam Sum‘s The Narrow Road (2022), a tale of love, forgiveness, and human resilience.
For fans of true crime, Where the Wind Blows (2022) by director Philip Yung, set in the 1970s, is a must-see, offering a gripping thriller experience. The festival at Cinema Akil also presents Back Home (2023) by director Nate Ki, a chilling exploration of reconstructed memories that traverses the genres of horror, thriller, and drama.
In addition to these contemporary gems, the Hong Kong Film Festival will pay homage to classics that have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema. The legendary Bruce Lee‘s masterpiece, The Way of the Dragon (1972), and the newly restored Made in Hong Kong (1997) by director Fruit Chan will provide a glimpse into the timeless classics that have defined the legacy of Hong Kong cinema.
Asian Cinerama – Hong Kong Film Festival will run from November 10th-16th at Cinema Akil. Tickets and schedule are available at www.cinemaakil.com.