The Five Flavours Film Festival in Warsaw is to feature eight movies and five Fresh Wave short films from Hong Kong, among them are works directed by John Woo and Johnnie To. The festival is due to take place between November 12th and 20th.

The festival, which is the only Polish film festival dedicated to East and Southeast Asian cinema, will be sponsored by The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), Berlin for the third consecutive year.

The Office has also partnered with the Vienna International Film Festival, the Munich International Film Festival, and the Zurich Film Festival this year, in order to showcase Hong Kong productions to an overseas audience. The festivals have featured films such as Ann Hui’s “The Golden Era”, while the Zurich Film Festival has set up a new section called “Hong Kong Window”, which carried four local productions.

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“Retrospective: John Woo”, which consists of six gangster cinema masterpieces completed between 1986 and 1992, will be one of the five categories at the festival in Warsaw. Other films that will be showing include local movie musical “Office” produced and directed by Johnnie To and starring Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang, as well as the award-winning coming-of-age drama “Lazy Hazy Crazy” – the directorial debut of Jody Luk.

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A total of six young directors and cinematographers of Fresh Wave short films from Hong Kong will also be attending the festival with the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade office.

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Betty Ho and the young cinematographers and directors. Photo: GovHk.

Director of HKETO Berlin Betty Ho said that they will continue to explore collaboration opportunities with film festivals in Europe with a view to widening the exposure of Hong Kong movies and practitioners in the industry.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.