AFA 17 Reveals its First Wave of Programmes!

Renowned Film Talents Showing Up in Hong Kong for Screenings
2024년02월21일

The Asian Film Awards, an annual prestigious event celebrating Asian cinema, brings film talents from all over the world together, promoting Asian film culture to the world, while also facilitating exchanges between cinephiles and filmmakers. As the kick-off event for the 17th Asian Film Awards season, Asian Cinerama – 17th Asian Film Awards Selection, presented by the Asian Film Awards Academy in collaboration with Broadway Cinematheque, will be the first of a series of exciting programmes. Seven outstanding nominated films of the 17th Asian Film Awards will be screened in Hong Kong alongside two special screenings.  

 

World-class directors KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, KORE-EDA Hirokazu, GU Xiaogang, Prasanna VITHANAGE and MATSUNAGA Daishi will greet the Hong Kong audience at screenings. In addition, screenwriter SAKAMOTO Yuji (Monster), composer ISHIBASHI Eiko (Evil Does Not Exist), actors and actresses JiANG Qinqin, CHEN Jianbin (Dwelling by the West Lake), Audrey LIN, Terrance LAU Chun Him (Trouble Girl), Tergel BOLD-ERDENE (City of Wind), SUZUKI Ryohei and MIYAZAWA Hio (Egoist) will also attend these sharing sessions. This is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed! 

 

The Asian Cinerama – 17th Asian Film Awards Selection is presented by the Asian Film Awards Academy, in collaboration with Broadway Cinematheque and financially supported by Create Hong Kong and the Film Development Fund. Screenings will be held from 7 March (Thu) to 11 March (Mon) at Broadway Cinematheque, PREMIERE ELEMENTS and MOViE MOViE Cityplaza. Tickets will be available starting from 24 February. Please visit the Asian Film Awards Academy website (www.afa-academy.com) or Broadway Circuit website (www.cinema.com.hk) for more ticketing information. 

 

Screenings of Nine Featured Asian Films with Three Hong Kong Premieres  

This Asian Cinerama features three Best Film nominated films: 12.12: The Day, Evil Does Not Exist and Paradise. The selection also includes Dwelling by the West Lake, Monster (both receiving three nominations), City of Wind (nominated for Best New Director and Best Newcomer), and Trouble Girl (nominated for Best Actress). Two screenings of special presentation include Tokyo Sonata, the masterpiece of Japanese director KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, and Egoist, which got three nominations at the 16th Asian Film Awards. Among them, audience will be joining the Hong Kong premieres of 12.12: The Day, Paradise and Dwelling by the West Lake! 

 

Four Post-screening Talks of Creation Process in-depth 

We are honored to have respected international filmmakers with us at the post-screening talks, including the AFA17 Jury President KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, with his masterpiece Tokyo Sonata. The film won the Jury Prize of Cannes Un Certain Regard and the Best Film at the 3rd Asian Film Awards. Director KUROSAWA will attend the screening of Tokyo Sonata to share on his creative journey over the years. Director KORE-EDA Hirokazu usually writes his own screenplay, but Monster was an exception. He collaborated with renowned screenwriter SAKAMOTO Yuji. This critically acclaimed work, which adopts the narrative structure of multiple perspectives, won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. It will be an exceptional opportunity for the audience in Hong Kong to join the conversation with this pair of reputed filmmakers on their collaboration. Prasanna VITHANAGE is one of the most important Sri Lankan directors, whose works address social and political issues of the country. Winner of the Kim Jiseok Award at the Busan International Film Festival, Paradise is a story set in the economic crisis in Sri Lanka. Writer-director VITHANAGE will present his film and discuss the current situation of the Sri Lankan cinema. After winning the Best Original Music at the Asian Film Awards for Drive My Car last year, musician ISHIBASHI Eiko has joined forces again with director HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke. Originally a visual project created for a music performance, the footage was developed into the feature Evil Does Not Exist. ISHIBASHI will talk about her experience in film music composing and her collaboration with director HAMAGUCHI. 

 

Four Screenings Showing up in Filmmakers in Attendance 

Nominees of the 17th Asian Film Awards will be joining sessions of Filmmakers in Attendance, which include the youngest winner of the Kurosawa Akira Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, director GU Xiaogang together with cast members of Dwelling by the West Lake, JIANG Qinqin and CHEN Jianbin, winner of Orizzonti Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival Tergel BOLD-ERDENE from City of Wind, lead actor and actress in Trouble Girl – the youngest winner Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress Audrey LIN and nominee of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer Terrance LAU Chun Him, director MATSUNAGA Daishi and the winners of Mainichi Film Awards for Best Actor and Supporting actor SUZUKI Ryohei and MIYAZAWA Hio of Egoist will attend screenings of their respective films to meet the audience. 

 

Asian Cinerama – 17th Asian Film Awards Selection 

Screening schedule: 

 

Paradise 

7 March 2024 (Thu) 19:30 Broadway Cinematheque 

Prasanna VITHANAGE is one of most important contemporary film directors in Sri Lanka. This film set in the Sri Lanka’s economic crisis won the Kim Ji-seok Award at the Busan International Film Festival. 

Guests: Prasanna VITHANAGE 

City of Wind  

8 March 2024 (Fri) 19:15 Broadway Cinematheque 

This Mongolian film was selected in the Venice Film Festival and many other international film festivals. The leading actor, Tergel BOLD-ERDENE, made his debut in the film and won the Orizzonti Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. 

Guests: Tergel BOLD-ERDENE 

Tokyo Sonata 

9 March 2024 (Sat) 12:30 PREMIERE ELEMENTS 

This film won the Jury Prize of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Film at the 3rd Asian Film Awards. 

Guest: KUROSAWA Kiyoshi  

Monster 

9 March 2024 (Sat) 15:50 PREMIERE ELEMENTS 

KORE-EDA Hirokazu who usually writes his own screenplay, collaborated with renowned screenwriter SAKAMOTO Yuji. This critically acclaimed work, which adopts the narrative structure of multiple perspectives, won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Guest: KORE-EDA Hirokazu, SAKAMOTO Yuji 

Evil Does Not Exist 

9 March 2024 (Sat) 19:00 PREMIERE ELEMENTS 

After winning the Best Original Music at the Asian Film Awards for Drive My Car last year, musician ISHIBASHI Eiko has joined forces again with director HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke. The film was selected in the Venice International Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize. 

Guest: ISHIBASHI Eiko  

12.12: The Day 

9 March 2024 (Sat) 19:00 MOViE MOViE Cityplaza 

Directed by Korean director KIM Sung-soo and starring HWANG Jung-min, the film is set in 12.12 Military Insurrection and became a box office hit right after its release.  

Dwelling by the West Lake 

9 March 2024 (Sat) 19:00 Broadway Cinematheque 

Director GU Xiaogang was named the youngest winner of the Kurosawa Akira Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival with this film, which is about the story of a young man saving his mother who mistakenly entered the fraud organization. 

Guest: GU Xiaogang, JIANG Qinqin, CHEN Jianbin  

Trouble Girl 

10 March 2024 (Sat) 11:00 Broadway Cinematheque 

Audrey LIN became the youngest winner Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress with this film. Co-star Terrance LAU Chun Him was nominated for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer. 

Guests: Audrey LIN, Terrance LAU Chun Him 

Egoist 

11 March 2024 (Mon) 19:00 PREMIERE ELEMENTS 

The film was selected in multiple international film festivals. Co-stars SUZUKI Ryohei and MIYAZAWA Hio won the Mainichi Film Awards for Best Actor and Supporting actor respectively. 

Guests: MATSUNAGA Daishi, SUZUKI Ryohei, MIYAZAWA Hio 

*The final arrangement is subject to the announcements by the Asian Film Awards Academy. Please refer to the Asian Film Awards Academy’s social media platforms. 

 

The 17th Asian Film Awards Ceremony 

Date: 10 March 2024 (Sunday) 

Location: Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District 

Address: 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon 

 

Asian Film Awards Academy 

The Asian Films Awards Academy, a non-profit organization, was founded by Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo International Film Festivals with the shared goal of celebrating excellence in Asian cinema. Aiming to promote and recognize Asian films and its talents, AFAA highlights, strengthens and develops Asian film industry through the annual Asian Film Awards and several year-round initiatives.  

 

The Asian Film Awards was inaugurated in 2007, where members of AFAA are drawn from its past nominees and winners. The category of awards includes Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Members vote for the Asian Film Awards and participate in various AFAA activities involving film professionals and audiences in Asia and around the world. 

 

More details: www.afa-academy.com 

 

Please contact us if any questions, 

Email: info@afa-academy.com 

Tel: +852 3195 0609 

Website: www.afa-academy.com 

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