8 Hong Kong Local and International Co-production Projects Shortlisted for HAF 17 ~
Eight Hong Kong film projects are shortlisted for the 17th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), including four promising HAF film projects in the financing stage and four aspiring WIP projects that are close to completion.
The 3-day long HAF will be held from 18th to 20th March 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The following projects will be screened this year –
The Secret Diary of A Mom To Be
In the drama ‘The Secret Diary of A Mom-To-Be’, writer-director LUK Yee-Sum’s second feature following Lazy Hazy Crazy (2015), a married corporate-climbing businesswoman finds herself unexpectedly and reluctantly pregnant.
Cheung Siu-Hong, an award-winning costume and production designer for acclaimed filmmakers such as Wong Kar-Wai and Johnnie TO, makes his directorial debut with the drama Solitary Kills – a Hong Kong parable about seven lonely souls interwoven intro three stories.
Barbara Wong Chun-Chun – director of the box office hits Perfect Wedding (2010), The Stolen Years (2013), Girls (2014) and its’ sequel Girls vs. Gangsters (2018) – teams up again with producer Gus Liem for The Wedding Celebrant, a 10 million USD romantic drama about a marriage officiant who begins to wonder if she herself has married the right man.
Wong Tai Sin Assassination
New director Wong Hoi and producer Derek Kwok Tsz-kin celebrate Hong Kong culture with the comedy-drama Wong Tai Sin Assassination, set at one of the territory’s most iconic temples where thousands of worshippers visit annually to hear their fortunes.
Academy Award-winning Hong Kong filmmaker Ruby Yang serves as the producer of director Jo Cheng Oi-Yue‘s first feature-length documentary, Dear Daughter. It is the story of hope in the life of a Vietnamese refugee 30 years after he fled from the war in Vietnam. In Hong Kong, he continues to be a prisoner of poverty, drugs and crime.
Far Away My Shadow Wandered
Singapore director Liao Jiekai and choreographer Sudhee Liao co-direct the story about a young Japanese man who encounters a dancer as he returns to his hometown to reconcile with a promise made to his late grandfather to take over the family Shinto shrine.
Occident’s March, from C.W.Winter and Anders Edstorm, chronicles the daily labour of a farmer over the last year of her husband’s life in a Japanese mountain farming village. It also traces the changing roles of women in Japan from the post-war to the present times.
Leading queer Hong Kong film maker Ray Yeung, director of Front Cover (2015) and Cut Sleeve Boys (2005), returns with another thought-provoking drama, ‘Suk-Suk’. It is about two secretly gay senior men who struggle between their desire for each other and the commitments to their families. Michael J. Werner, a long time film industry executive and former partner of the pioneering sales company Fortissimo Films, serves as the producer along with Teresa Kwong and Sandy Yip.