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The best of Hong Kong movies come to Moscow at the "Euphoria: Made in Hong Kong" film festival (with photos)

     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO) yesterday (October 11, Moscow time) launched a season of films from Hong Kong in Moscow, Russia as the "Euphoria: Made in Hong Kong" Film Festival started. The festival, which runs until October 17, will show 10 films at the Rolan Cinema and Five Stars Paveletskaya Cinema in Moscow.

     The Festival is co-organised by London ETO, Academia Rossica and the Euphoria Film Festival to promote high quality Hong Kong films in Russia and to strengthen cultural exchange between Hong Kong and Russia. Hong Kong and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2011 to strengthen cultural cooperation.

     "Euphoria: Made in Hong Kong" Film Festival is also part of a series of events across Europe this year, organised or supported by London ETO to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

     The festival, curated by renowned Russian film critic and cinema historian Mr Andrey Plakhov, aims to show 10 of the best Hong Kong movies from recent years to demonstrate the creativity and vibrancy of Hong Kong's film industry. The films range from art-house to action movies, and from crime and mystery to real-life story.

     The film festival opened yesterday with a gala screening: the Russian Premiere of the multi-award winning film "A Simple Life", directed by Ms Ann Hui and co-written and produced by Mr Roger Lee. Mr Lee, on whose life story the film script is based, attended the opening screening at Rolan Cinema and shared his experience with the audience after the screening.

     Speaking at the opening of the film festival, Deputy Director-General of London ETO, Mr Dennis Ching, said: "Hong Kong has a vibrant culture, one that represents a unique fusion of the East and the West.  Through showing 10 of the best Hong Kong films in recent years at this film festival, we hope to promote our diversified culture and dynamic film and creative industry. The conclusion of the MoU on cultural cooperation last year between Hong Kong and Russia has laid down an excellent foundation for more cultural exchanges between Russia and Hong Kong. We look forward to strengthening our cultural ties with Russia."

     The curator of "Euphoria: Made in Hong Kong" Film Festival, Mr Andrey Plakhov said: "Many people in Russia are fans of Hong Kong movies but watch them as specialists, at home on DVDs. We hope this film festival will open up Hong Kong movies to the more mainstream audience in Russia."

     Other films to be shown in the festival include: Beast Stalker (2008), Accident (2009), Dream Home (2011), Overheard 2 (2011); Big Blue Lake (2011), Motorway (2012), Nightfall (2012), The Great Magician (2012), and The Second Woman (2012).

Ends/Friday, October 12, 2012
Issued at HKT 23:06


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