HK Summer International Film Festival 2012 Presents New Anderson, Scorsese, Hosoda & More

James Marsh, Asian Editor
Another day, another film festival. This week, the Hong Kong International Film Festival launches its regular seasonal sidebar, Summer IFF, featuring a rich selection of 27 new films, repertory screenings and popular favourites from this year's main festival back in March. This year's line-up boasts new works from filmmakers as diverse as Heiward Mak, Wes Anderson, Raoul Ruiz, Martin Scorsese and Hosoda Mamoru, as well as restored prints of two Kinoshita Keisuke dramas and a selection of works by Cahiers du Cinema alumnus, Eric Rohmer.

HK Summer IFF 2012 opens this year on 14 August with Taiwanese romantic drama GF*BF. Gwei Lun Mei, Joseph Chang and Rhydian Vaughan star in this complex love triangle, played out against the backdrop of Taipei's volatile martial law years in the 1980s. The festival will close on 28 August with the Hong Kong premiere of Wes Anderson's highly praised nostalgia trip, Moonrise Kingdom, starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand.

The festival plays host to the Gala premiere of Heiward Mak's examination of the Hong Kong music industry, DIVA. Joey Yung plays a disconnected pop icon who must battle a loss of confidence and the arrival of a pretender to her throne in the form of newcomer Mag Lam's popette, Red. Chapman To plays their manipulative, opportunistic manager and also serves as the film's producer. The latest animated adventures of the mischievous pig McDull will also be getting the red carpet treatment, as McDull, The Pork of Music will also be screened for the first time.

Other festival highlights include Ninagawa Mika's follow up to Sakuran, Helter Skelter, which promises to be another assault on the senses as it examines beauty, celebrity and femininity. Miike Takashi's incredible high school musical, For Love's Sake, also gets its first Hong Kong screening, along with Hosoda Mamoru's Wolf Children, who follows the incredible Summer Wars with the story of a young woman raising her two young children, who are both half-werewolf! Martin Scorsese's epic 208-minute documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World screens alongside David Gelb's much-touted Jiro Dreams Of Sushi in the Legends section, and there are brand spanking new prints of 1948's The Portrait and 1949's Here's To The Young Lady, both from Japanese director Kinoshita Keisuke.

For full programme details, screening schedule and ticketing information, be sure to visit the official website via the link below.
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