The European Union Film Festival in Hong Kong and Macao rolls out its 10th edition! [fr]

Discover the best of European contemporary cinema during the 10th edition of the festival from 21st February to 10th March 2019 in Hong Kong. 3 French films and co-productions will be presented.

The European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, together with the EU Member States and Switzerland, and in association with Broadway Cinematheque, present the European Union Film Festival 2019 (EUFF). The EUFF brings 15 award-winning titles that have never been screened in Hong Kong to Broadway Cinematheque and AMC Pacific Place from 21 February to 10 March.

To mark its 10th Anniversary, the EUFF will also include a special opening performance, 2 free screenings of European classics, a free screening to celebrate Women’s Day, and a Q&A with the director of the closing film Frank Berry.

Representing France is the science-fiction thriller “Just A Breath Away” by Daniel Roby. "After Love", representing Belgium, is a French co-production in French. Finally, a special screening of the classic "Amelie" will take place on 7 March at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A special evening of "#Female Pleasure" will also be held on 8 March, on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day. This documentary about female sexuality will be presented at the University of Hong Kong.

French line-up

Just A Breath Away (“Dans la Brume”)

Synopsis: “A father’s courage and determination is pushed to the limit as he fights to save his daughter and escape from disaster-stricken Paris”

Mathieu will stop at nothing to get his 11-year-old daughter Sarah out of the hermetic chamber she lives in since she was born, struck by a childhood illness. Suddenly, an earthquake hits Paris. A deadly fog seeps out of the earth. Panic spreads across the city. Mathieu and Sarah’s mother Anna are among the few survivors who find refuge on the rooftops and upper floors of the tallest buildings. But they have to leave Sarah in her bubble to escape to the top floor. As the hours pass, they get increasingly worried about their daughter. Rescue squads are unable to manage the situation. All hopes that the fog will clear begin to fade. Mathieu and Anna count the time left on the batteries that power Sarah’s bubble. How can they replace them before they run out and leave her unprotected from the spreading danger? Knowing they can count only on themselves, and pressed for time, they have to find a way to make it outside through the fog.

2018/89 mins
In French with English subtitles
Director: Daniel Roby
Cast : Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin Sarah

Best Film, Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada, 2018)
Selection, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea, 2018)
Selection, French Film Varilux Panorama in Brazil (Brazil, 2018)

With the support of Institut Français

After Love (“L’Economie du Couple”)

Synopsis: After living together for fifteen years, Marie and Boris break up. She is the one who bought the house in which they have been living with their two children, but he is the one who entirely renovated it. For the time being, they are obliged to continue living in the house together, as Boris does not have the means to find a new home. Now it is the day of reckoning, neither of them wants to let go of what they esteem they have built over the years.

2016 / 100 mins
Belgium-French co-production
In French with English subtitles
Director: Joachim Lafosse
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Margaux Soentjens, Jade Soentjens, Marthe Keller

Cannes Film Festival, Directors’ Fortnight
Toronto International Film Festival
BFI London Film festival

Screening schedule
AMC Pacific Place | 24/2 Sun 1:20 pm
Broadway Cinémathèque | 25/2 Mon 8:00 pm

Amelie (“Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”)

Synopsis : “Amélie” is a fanciful comedy about a young woman whose purpose in life is to orchestrate the lives of people around her in order to fix their problems. This leads her to all sorts of creative ideas to intervene and create a world of her own making. Her mission is interrupted when she meets a strange, off-beat young man, Nino Quincampoix. Although fascinated by him, she plays hide-and-seek games, afraid of really opening up to this appealing young man.

2001 / 120 mins
In French with English subtitles
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast : Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

Best Foreign Language Film nomination – Academy Awards, 2002
Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival, 2001

Date and time: 7 March at 7pm
Location: Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom

Festival brochure: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/hong-kong/57299/european-union-film-festival-2019-21-february-10-march_en
Festival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HKEUFF/?fref=ts

publié le 18/02/2019

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