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24th Annual "Made in Hong Kong" Film Festival Kicks-Off in Washington DC

 



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July 19, 2019 - The 24th annual "Made in Hong Kong" Film Festival kicked-off yesterday night (July 18, Washington time) at the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC with the premiere of the acclaimed film, Still Human, and an appearance by the film’s lead actress, Crisel Consunji.

Speaking at the premiere event, the Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Mr Eddie Mak, said that the Hong Kong government had long played a complementary role in supporting the film industry, which had been the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s creative industries. Mr Mak highlighted Create Hong Kong’s First Feature Film Initiative, a competitive film funding program which aims to nurture new directors. Since its launch in 2013, the initiative has identified many talented young directors and helped fund the production of a repertoire of films. The film festival’s premiere film, Still Human, was a winning recipient of this initiative.

Written and directed by first-time director Oliver Chan, Still Human is a dramedy about a brusque wheelchair-bound pensioner, played by veteran actor Anthony Wong, and the live-in domestic helper, played by Crisel Consunji, hired to care for him. Crisel Consunji’s performance won her the Best New Performer award at the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards. The film also picked up top prizes this year at the 21st Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, including the Golden Mulberry audience award and the Black Dragon critics’ award. Crisel Consunji also appeared at a screening of Still Human on Friday, July 19 after which she had taken part in a discussion moderated by the gallery’s curator of film, Tom Vick.

Through the period till 18 August, this year’s film festival features an array of recent films including Project Gutenberg which received a remarkable seven Hong Kong Film Awards.

The annual "Made in Hong Kong" film festival is co-organised by The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Washington DC and the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art. It showcases the vitality of Hong Kong’s creative talents and enhances the United States-Hong Kong bilateral ties through a shared appreciation of the arts.

Film festival schedule : https://www.freersackler.si.edu/events-overview/films/

The Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Mr Eddie Mak, spoke at the premiere event of the 24th annual "Made in Hong Kong" film festival yesterday evening (July 18, Washington time). The film festival is co-organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office,Washington  DC and the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Mr Eddie Mak, spoke at the premiere event of the 24th annual "Made in Hong Kong" film festival yesterday evening (July 18, Washington time). The film festival is co-organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office,Washington  DC and the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution.
  The 24th annual "Made in Hong Kong" film festival kicked-off yesterday evening (July 18, Washington time) in Washington DC at the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution with the premiere of the acclaimed film, Still Human. Photo shows the lead actress of Still Human, Crisel Consunji, speaking at the premiere.
The 24th annual "Made in Hong Kong" film festival kicked-off yesterday evening (July 18, Washington time) in Washington DC at the Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution with the premiere of the acclaimed film, Still Human. Photo shows the lead actress of Still Human, Crisel Consunji, speaking at the premiere.


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