Meet French filmmakers at the Hong Kong International Film Festival! [fr]

Director Claire Simon will present Young Solitudes, a moving documentary on the life expectations of French high school students. Director Suwa Nobuhiro will come with his breathtaking metacinematic concoction The Lion Sleeps tonight.

Both filmmakers are paying a special visit to meet the public at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). Each screening will be followed by a discussion.

Meet Claire Simon for Young Solitudes on 31 March & 2 April

French director Claire Simon will be offering her insight with the Asian première of her last feature documentary Young Solitudes selected in the “Documentary” category of the HKIFF.


For more than two decades, French filmmaker Claire Simon (God’s Offices, 2009) has turned her caring but probing eye towards the intimate lives of those around her, crossing between fiction and documentary and even combining them to illuminate values and choices in contemporary France.

Here she tackles one of the great myths of French society – the children of the suburbs so often depicted as scenes of chaos and hatred. But in this compelling documentary, she listens, she shares, and she finds so much more.

Director: Claire Simon
Year : 2018
Length: 100 min
Language: In French with English and traditional Chinese subtitles

International film festival selections include:

  • Berlin International Film Festival 2018
  • Hong Kong International Film festival 2018

Screenings are followed with discussions with the director:

  • 31 March at 2:30pm at The Sky Cinema
  • 2 April at 5:15pm at The Sky Cinema

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Meet with Suwa Nobuhiro for The Lion Sleeps tonight on 1 & 3 April

The most French of all Japanese filmmakers Suwa Nobuhiro will come with The Lion sleeps tonight in the « Auteurs » category. He will also be member of the « Young Cinema Competition » Jury.


A veteran actor, Jean, is finding it difficult to approach a scene which calls on him to expire in front of the camera. Leaving the shoot, he heads for an abandoned house, where he encounters a group of children playing at filmmaking and meets the spectre of his past love. Blending reality and fantasy, Suwa Nobuhiro’s cinematic poetry is a celebration of cinema’s capacity to understand life’s journey and bring coherence to its disjointed parts. And crucially, a salute to Jean-Pierre Léaud, the “lion” of French New Wave who plays Jean.

Director: Suwa Nobuhiro
Year : 2017
Length : 104 min
Language: In French with English and traditional Chinese subtitles

6 international film festival selections including:

  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Golden Horse Taipeh Film Festival
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival

Screenings will be followed by discussions with the director:

  • 1 April at 5:00pm at The Grand Cinema
  • 3 April at 7:15pm at HK City Hall

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Click hereto know more about another French director, Xavier Legrand, who visited Hong Kong during HKIFF and his film Custody
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publié le 27/03/2018

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