Friday, May 20, 2011

Cinémathèque à Le French May

Arts and culture guest blogger hkCultureGeek, Gillian Chu, is a Hong Kong raised Canadian who enjoys exploring the secret cultural spots around town. You can contact her at

Come May every year, Hong Kong explodes in the arts and culture scene with ArtHK and Le French May, one of the largest French arts festival around Asia. Offering a diverse blend of French visual arts, dance, film, music, comedy, multi-arts performances, fashion, as well as culinary arts, it is definitely an event not to be missed for both Francophiles and culture lovers alike.

Le French May offer a wide variety of genres in their programme but the one that has me most excited is their Cinema showcase, Film Noir, which brings together the French and Hong Kong film industry by featuring famous filmmakers such as Johnnie To and Jacques Audiard.

In order to place a spotlight on the different approaches to French and Chinese film genre, they will be screening 30 films from 3 June 2011 to 26 June 2011 in IFC Palace, Broadway Cinematheque, and Hong Kong Conventional and Exhibition Centre. There will also be special events and film presentations to further portray the similarities and differences between French and Chinese films.

I am looking forward to watching The Wild, Wild Rose, which is directed by Wong Tin-lam. Produced by my favourite Cathay movies, this movie is Hong Kong's interpretation of Carmen, starring sixties sweetheart Grace Chang.

To present a more in depth French cultural knowledge to the Hong Kong audience, they are also giving special workshops, master classes, and free cultural events throughout the programme. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets from and now!

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