Dialogue with Filmmakers 2017

In-depth dialogues with documentary filmmakers from this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival(HKIFF) will be held from 10 to 24 April 2017. Selected films from the directors will also be screened (see below). All events are free and open to the public. Conducted in English (with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation) or Mandarin (with English simultaneous interpretation).

Monday 10 April

Special Screening: Mouthpiece (2009) | 180 min

In anglo-saxon countries, media is seen as the watchdog of government. However, in the Shenzhen Media Group, media becomes a mouthpiece of the government. During reporting, the interest of the Communist Party should be of utmost important. Guo Xizhi went deep into the Shenzhen Media Group and revealed the dark side of media.

▸ Screening:
Time/Location: 6:45pm CYPP4, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, HKU (Map)

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Tuesday 11 April

Special Screening: The Sea Stares at Us from Afar (2017) | 93 min

Manuel Muñoz Rivas’s directional debut, with cinematography from Mauro Herce, follows a group of men who live outside mainstream society on the beaches of Doñana Natural Park on the Huelva coast.

▸ Screening:
Time/Location: 7:00pm CYPP4, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, HKU (Map)

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Thursday 13 April

Petr Lom x Corinne van Egeraat

An academic turned filmmaker, Lom’s films focus on human rights issues. Back to the Square (2012) was awarded Jury Prize, Documentary Competition at the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival. Lom and van Egeraat also worked on Ana Ana (2013).

▸ Moderator:
Jia Tan, Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

▸ Events:
6:00pm Screening of Burma Storybook | 81 min
7:30pm  Lecture with Filmmaker (English with Cantonese SI)
▸ Location: Yuet Ming Auditorium, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU (Map)

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Tuesday 18 April

Nicholas de Pencier

De Pencier is a director, producer and director of photography. He has shot for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. His films have won the Genie Awards and the International Emmy Award for Best Arts Documentary. His latest work, Black Code (2016), takes a closer look at cyber espionage.

▸ Moderator:
Keith Richburg, Director of JMSC at HKU

▸ Events:
5:30pm Screening of Watermark | 93 min
7:30pm  Lecture with Filmmaker (English with Cantonese SI)
▸ Location: Yuet Ming Auditorium, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU (Map)

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Wednesday 19 April

Mauro Herce x Manuel Muñoz Rivas

The duo previously collaborated on the Sci-Fi documentary Dead Slow Ahead (2015), which earned 18 nominations and awards worldwide, including the Cinema Eye Honors Awards (US), East End Film Festival Best Documentary (UK) and Jeonju Film Festival Special Award (Korea).

▸ Moderator:
Nancy Tong, Visiting Associate Professor at JMSC at HKU

▸ Events:
6:00pm Screening of Dead Slow Ahead | 74 min
7:30pm  Lecture with Filmmaker (English with Cantonese SI)
▸ Location: Yuet Ming Auditorium, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU (Map)

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Thursday 20 April

Ann Marie Fleming

Fleming’s work incorporates animation, documentary, experimental and dramatic techniques, and primarily deals with the themes of family and history. Her award-winning animated documentary The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003) profiles her great grandfather, a travelling Chinese magician.

▸ Moderator:
Nancy Tong, Visiting Associate Professor at JMSC at HKU

▸ Events:
6:00pm Screening of The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam | 90 min 
7:30pm
Lecture with Filmmaker (English with Cantonese SI)
▸ Location: Yuet Ming Auditorium, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU (Map)

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Monday 24 April

Guo Xizhi x Mary Stephen

Guo Xizhi is seen as a key figure in the New Chinese Documentary Movement. Mouthpiece (2009) received second runner-up, features in the 3rd Chinese Documentary Festival (HK). His new documentary Factory Youth (2017) explores the sense of loss and hopelessness among factory workers.

Mary Stephen is a jury member for this year’s HKIFF and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Born in Hong Kong, Stephen has been living in Paris since the 1980s. She was an editor and co-composer for the French New Wave director Éric Rohmer. In 2016, she was invited to be the Artist-in-Residence at Lingnan University. Her recent editing work include Dot 2 Dot (2014), Flowing Stories (2014) and A Young Patriot (2015).

▸ Moderator:
Ruby Yang, Academy Award-winning Director

▸ Event:
7:30pm
Lecture with Filmmaker (Mandarin with English SI)
▸ Location:
Studio Room 303, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU

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