Hong Kong Cinema in Motion
Films made after 1997, telling the story of the drastic changes undergone by Hong Kong after its handover to China.
On July 1, 1997, i.e. 25 years ago, Hong Kong came under the management of the Chinese administration. For common people, it was a time of uncertainty, for filmmakers - a period of great turbulence. The once high budgets have shrunk, and Beijing began controlling and regulating the market. Paradoxically, this made Hong Kong cinema more diverse - there were great independent filmmakers who felt at ease working outside major studios.
Hong Kong Cinema in Motion section will present the best films made there after 1997 - emotional gangster cinema, which for decades was a showcase of Fragrant Harbor, but also modest, brilliant films focusing on the vibrant everyday life of this extraordinary city. Their common denominator is the notion of change and a sense of time inevitably running out. Presented together, they portray the evolution of this cinematography under increasing pressure from powerful political forces.
Hong Kong Cinema in Motion section is supported by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, Berlin.