Film Fes­ti­vals

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Set­suko Hara For­ever

Of­ten com­pared to Greta Garbo, Set­suko Hara was a quiet and pow­er­ful force in Ja­panese cinema through­out the 40s-60s, be­fore en­ter­ing into life of seclu­sion in 1963, the same year her long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor Ya­su­jiro Ozu died. But through films such as “Tokyo Story” and “The End of Sum­mer” she em­bod­ied the ide­al­ized Ja­panese woman of her time: com­pas­sion­ate, el­e­gant, pa­tient yet prin­ci­pled. Cine­fan is screen­ing seven of her most no­table films through June and July in honor of her pass­ing in late 2015. Jun 5-Jul 31. The Grand Cinema, 2/F, El­e­ments, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon; Hong Kong Film Archive, 1/F, 50 Lei King Rd., Sai Wan Ho, cine­fan.com.hk. $65-85 from urbtix.hk.

Trick Fac­tory—Ger­man An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val

Be­fore Walt Dis­ney, there was Lotte Reiniger. The Ger­man an­i­ma­tor’s style sil­hou­et­ted her char­ac­ters against dream-like back­grounds and swelling, sym­phonic scores. For over 60 years she paved the way for an­i­ma­tors across the world. Get in­ti­mate with Ger­man an­i­ma­tion with the Goethe-In­sti­tut: They’ve cre­ated 14 pro­grams fo­cus­ing on ev­ery­thing from con­tem­po­rary an­i­mated films to Ger­man fairy tales, an­i­mated films in the Nazi pe­riod and plenty of Lotte Reiniger. Apr 28-Nov 11. Comix Home Base, 7 Mal­lory St., Wan Chai, goethe.de/ hongkong. Free.

“Tokyo Story,” by Ya­su­jiro Ozu, play­ing at Set­suko Hara For­ever

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