Reel Women Film Festival
A group of gender-conscious filmmakers, scholars and curators have put together a cinema program to bring more awareness to how women are represented in cinema, and also to support independent women filmmakers in Hong Kong. The program opens with cross-cultural romance “It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong,” which filmed here in 2014 and even features a cameo from HK Mag alum Zach Hines, and closes with Iranian vampire drama and international festival favorite “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” (Mar 18). Apart from screenings, there are also masterclasses with female directors, talks, and a university tour of select films. Mar 6-27. reelwomenhongkong.org. $85 from cinema.com.hk. Register for events and talks at tiny.cc/hk-reelwomen2016uni.
40th Hong Kong International Film Festival
The Hong Kong International Film Festival returns for the big 4-0 this year, featuring more than 240 titles from 66 countries. The festival opens with Chinese director Yang Qing’s second feature “Chongqing Hot Pot,” about the adventures of three high school kids who open a hot pot restaurant; and “Trivisa,” a
Johnnie To-produced, pre-1997 heist film following three criminals, in which each charactor’s point of view is shot by a different director—Frank Hui, Vicky Wong and Jevons Au. The festival closes with the Asian premiere of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s thriller, “Creepy,” about a former policeman who suspects that his neighbor is involved in a missing persons case. Mar 21-Apr 4. hkiff.org.hk.
“Trivisa” at the 40th HKIFF