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Hong Kong film industry honoured at Italian film festival (with photos)

     The Hong Kong film industry received another mark of international recognition on June 11 (Italian time) when director and producer Mr Peter Chan received a Special Career Award at the 9th Asian Film Festival in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

     The international festival, which is being held from June 11 to 18 in Reggio Emilia, in northern Italy, is organised by non-profit making cultural association Robert Bresson Cineforum.

     Of the 35 Asian films on the programme, 14 are from Hong Kong.  They include a retrospective of eleven films by Mr Peter Chan, namely: Alan and Eric between Hello and Goodbye (1991); He ain't Heavy, he's my Brother (1993); Tom, Dick and Hairy (1993); He's a Woman, She's a Man (1994); Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996); The Age of Miracles (1996); Who's the Woman, Who's the Man (1996); Three: Going Home (2002); Perhaps Love (2005), Warlords (2010); and Wu Xia (2011).
     Other films by Hong Kong directors are Ms Clara Law's Like a Dream (2009); Ms Ivy Ho's Crossing Hennessy (2010); and Ms Ann Hui's All About Love (2010).

     Last year the festival paid a tribute to the work of Hong Kong director Mr Stanley Kwan.

     This year the festival bestowed a Special Career Award for the first time.  The ceremony was held in the prestigious surroundings of the 16th century Palazzo Magnani, in the presence of the President of the Province of Reggio Emilia, the President of the Palazzo Magnani Foundation and other dignitaries.

     Speaking at the ceremony and before a cocktail reception hosted by the HKETO, Brussels, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Miss Mary Chow, said that films are very close to the hearts of Hong Kong people and it was a particular pleasure when the talents of our home-grown filmmakers receive recognition abroad.

     "Over the years, Hong Kong films and talents have received increasing international attention and recognition. They received over 300 international awards in the past decade in various international film festivals."

     Miss Chow noted that the success was due to the innovation and creativity of the local film industry, which can flourish without boundary thanks to the free flow of information and the free speech and expression guaranteed by Hong Kong's constitutional document, the Basic Law.

     Miss Chow added that creative industries, including the film industry, were one of the six new growth economic sectors the Hong Kong SAR Government has been promoting.  The Government also nurtures creativity by supporting small-to-medium budget films through the Film Development Fund.

Ends/Monday, June 13, 2011
Issued at HKT 00:53


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