The 48th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF48) Begins Today

Spanning 12 days starting from today, The 48th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF48) will open with the Asian premiere of Ray Yeung’s All Shall Be Well, which won the Teddy Award at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival. Starring Patra Au and Maggie Li, it offers a feminine perspective on Yeung’s previous work, Suk Suk (2019). 

The 48th Hong Kong International Film Festival - All Shall Be Well
Ray Yeung’s All Shall Be Well

The festival will showcase over 190 films from 62 countries and regions, including five world premieres, six international premieres, and 64 Asian premieres. The closing film on 8 April will be the Asian premiere of All the Long Nights, directed by Miyake Sho and starring Matsumura Hokuto and Kamishiraishi Mone.

Hamaguchi Ryusuke‘s GIFT

This year’s many exciting highlights include the Asian premiere of the latest collaboration between Academy Award winner Hamaguchi Ryusuke and composer Ishibashi Eiko, GIFT.  It features a live music performance by Ishibashi that offers a unique and immersive experience.  Renowned British-Irish playwright/director and multiple award-winner Martin McDonagh will headline a glittering list of filmmakers to grace HKIFF48 in person.  Among those joining him in Hong Kong are Spanish master Víctor Erice and Cannes Best Actress winner Zar Amir (Holy Spider), who will present their films and meet the audience.

Read more: HKIFF48 to Present Hamaguchi Ryusuki’s GIFT as One-Off Live Performance

The Banshees of Inisherin
Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin

As part of an ongoing effort to make cinema accessible and affordable to the public, HKIFF48 will continue to offer a discounted fare of $28 to students, the elderly, people with disabilities, and CSSA recipients. In addition, there will also be free community screenings. The complete programme and screening schedule are now available on HKIFF’s official website. The public can purchase tickets through all URBTIX outlets.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Hong Kong’s most significant cultural events annually.  It is Asia’s longest-running platform for filmmakers, film professionals, and filmgoers worldwide to launch new work and experience outstanding films.