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The 48th Hong Kong International Film Festival is packed with firsts - from a tete-a-tete with Oscar-nominated director Martin McDonagh to a concert featuring music composed on the spot. Mathew Scott reports.

By Mathew Scott | HK EDITION | Updated: 2024-04-07 10:30
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The ongoing 48th edition of Hong Kong International Film Festival has certainly cast its net wide in curating a program that boasts more than 190 films from 62 countries and regions. The festival is hosting five world premieres, six international premieres and 64 Asian premieres across its 12-day run.

From the outset, the festival's ambition has been to cater to those interested in the craft of filmmaking. This year HKIFF's ever-popular master classes featured the British-Irish multiple Oscar-nominee Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin, 2022) and talks by the likes of veteran Spanish director Victor Erice (The Spirit of the Beehive, 1973).

All Shall Be Well (2024), directed by Ray Yeung. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
All the Long Nights (2024), directed by Shô Miyake. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Albert Lee, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, which runs the annual HKIFF, is pleased to have engineered McDonagh's maiden Hong Kong visit.

"Over the past decade, I have talked to many Asian and Chinese filmmakers, and they all think very, very highly of Martin. I know a lot of people who are excited by the chance to see him and Erice. Both of them always have a lot to share about their films and also filmmaking in general. It's a great chance for young filmmakers to learn from them," Lee says.

Fresh Off Markham (2024), directed by Trevor Choi. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
Hollywood Hong Kong (2001), directed by Fruit Chan. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
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