About the Festival

Where? Hong Kong

When? 11 – 25 April 2017

Denmark

In the Blood

Directed by Rasmus Heisterberg

Screening in Global Vision

Summer, in Copenhagen. A medical student, Simon, seems to have the world at his fingertips – excellent academic result, an upper-class apartment, and a bunch of good friends. Yet he doesn’t want the responsibility or a relationship, and alcohol, sex and obsession throw his decent life into decadence and isolation. The first narrative feature from the award-winning screenwriter of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and A Royal Affair is a requiem for youth and a scathing critique of contemporary amorality.

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The War Show

Directed by Andreas Dalsgaard, Odaidah Zytoon

Screening in Reality Bites

A painfully intense human face to war, as radio activist Zytoon and a group of young friends lead us through their experiences of contemporary Syria, from the hopes of uprising through suppression and civil war. The camera is their voice and friend, while the Assad regime targets cameras and dissidents to control the country. And somewhere we begin to lose friends, as we realize that those who see no need to conceal their faces now may not have survived. Venice Film Festival, Venice Days Section Best Film.

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Wolf and Sheep

Directed by Shahrbanoo Sadat

Screening in Global Vision

The youngest filmmaker ever selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondat ion residency, Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan’s first-ever female feature film director, opens up a new vision of her homeland, far different from Western perceptions. Set in a remote mountain village, this ethnographic drama portrays daily life sprinkled with magical realism. Its folklore, like the Kashmiri wolf that walks on two feet and can liberate a naked green fairy from within, transcends local imagination to evoke a metaphorical wolfish cupidity that haunts the country.

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Norway

Bright Nights

Directed by Thomas Arslan

Screening in Auteurs

The multilayered journeys of a father and an estranged son have an almost primal cinematic quality, uniting the power of landscapes outside and the depths of psychological exploration within and between characters. Arslan realizes this mythic quest amid the cool summer lights and landscapes of Norway, focusing on bringing out exquisite acting from Friedrich as Michael, an engineer traveling to his own father’s funeral and the powerful Göbel (Tschick, 2016) as 14-year-old Luis. Silver Bear for Best Actor Berlinale.

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