The first feature film of a young Hong Kong director opened the 10th CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 7 March 2017. The film, "Mad World" by Chun Wong, is also in competition at the Festival.
The CinemAsia Film Festival is dedicated to broadening the horizons of the Dutch film audience by offering the best of contemporary Asian film. It strives to bring together Dutch and Asian communities and its FilmLAB initiative provides a creative platform for media makers to tell stories from the Dutch Asian diaspora. Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) is proud to be one of its sponsors again and to share Hong Kong movies with Dutch film lovers.
Speaking at the opening reception, Deputy Representative of the HKETO, Brussels, Miss Alice Choi, said the HKSAR Government wanted to encourage more local film production and nurture new talents, notably through the Film Development Fund and Create Hong Kong's First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI). She noted that 'Mad World';, which has already received a number of awards, is one of the films supported by FFFI, which identifies new talents through a competition on screenplay and production proposals.
The film was then introduced by Festival Director, Ms Lorna Tee, who moderated a question-and-answer session between the audience and the producer of "Mad World", Hong Kong writer and film director Ms Heiward Mak.
The CinemAsia Film Festival will also screen "Taxi Stories" by Doris Yeung, which will be shown as part of the Festival's Official Selection.
On the occasion of its 10th edition, the Festival has added an additional, 'Iconic'; category, for which eight Dutch celebrities were asked to choose their favourite film and to explain their choice at the movie's screening. Dutch film director Norbert ter Hall selected Wong Kar-wai's "Chungking Express" as his iconic choice.
"My Father's Choice", a documentary in Cantonese by Yuen Yan Ting who has lived in the Netherlands since childhood, examines how her family emigrated from Mainland China and Hong Kong to the Netherlands.
The Festival will also screen Boo Junfeng's "Apprentice", a Hong Kong co-production.
The CinemAsia Film Festival is being held at the Filmtheater Kriterion and the Rialto in Amsterdam on 7-12 March 2017. More information can be found on the Festival's website.