Cool flicks to watch this sum­mer

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CITY LIGHTS -

Wilt­ing in the sum­mer heat? Might we tempt you with an eclec­tic range of films lined up by The Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val So­ci­ety. These names might just be the per­sua­sion you need to step out for a dose of en­ter­tain­ment. Ac­tion thrillers, re­stored clas­sics, award­win­ning ti­tles fresh from screen­ings at world-class film fes­ti­vals — the list cov­ers quite a range.

More than 30 films fea­ture in the cur­rent edi­tion of Sum­mer In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, to be screened in over 10 the­aters in the sec­ond half of Au­gust. The fes­ti­val opens with Hong Kong di­rec­tor Wil­son Yip Wai-shun’s Para­dox — the lat­est in­stall­ment of his mar­tial arts crime thriller se­ries SPL. Ira­nian au­teur Ab­bas Kiarostami’s med­i­ta­tive fi­nal film, 24 Frames, will bring the cur­tains down on the fes­ti­val.

Other high­lights in­clude the re­stored ver­sions of Derek Yee’s 1993 film, C’est la Vie, Mon Cheri and Peter Chan’s 1996 look at the themes of mi­gra­tion and dis­place­ment in Com­rades: Al­most a Love Story (pic­ture). Ever-pop­u­lar Hol­ly­wood com­edy clas­sics fea­tur­ing Buster Keaton and Monty Python also fig­ure.

Also this might be your chance to catch a slew of new ti­tles ex­pected to re­lease in Hong Kong cin­e­mas next year. These in­clude Shed Skin Papa, adapted from the lo­cal stage pro­duc­tion, the Anne Hath­away mon­ster film Colos­sal and Aki Kau­ris­mäki’s story about Syr­ian refugees, The Other Side of Hope.

Scary spice

Cather­ine Gross­rieder’s car­toon graf­fiti, fea­tur­ing fried chicken and fe­male bod­ies, is on dis­play this month. The artist’s take on con­tem­po­rary ur­ban life is ex­pressed through an in­tense jux­ta­po­si­tion of fast food and sug­ges­tive­ness. Born in Bangkok, Gross­rieder has lived in Hack­ney in Lon­don. The street cul­tures of both places in­form the work of this cur­rently Hong Kong-based artist who be­lieves in turning her sur­round­ings into a sur­re­al­ist vis­ual commentary on con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety.

Date: Aug 10-31

Venue: Over the In­flu­ence Gallery

1/F, 159-163 Hol­ly­wood Road, She­ung Wan http://over­the­in­flu­­hi­bi­tions/greater-china-sum­mer-pro­gram-reach-6th-29th-july-cather­ine-gross­rieder-20th31st-au­gust/

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