The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival congratulates and presents Asian Premieres of the award-winning films of the Berlin International Film Festival 2018, including MUG, winner of the Grand Jury Prize; DOVLATOV, winner of Outstanding Artistic Contribution Award; and winners of FIPRESCI Jury Prizes, RIVER’S EDGE and AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL.
Winner of the Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director with her previous work BODY (2015), Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska returns with MUG, another darkly comic rumination on the loss of identity and the hypocrisy in society. This mesmerizing tale of a man whose life is turned upside down upon a face transplant won this year’s Grand Jury Prize and marks Szumowska as one of the most creative and distinguished female filmmakers in contemporary cinema. DOVLATOV, directed by Alexey German Jr., won the Outstanding Artistic Contribution Award for its evocative and visually enthralling tribute to the Soviet dissident writer who refused to conform under oppression.
Two winners of the FIPRESCI Prizes will be showcased at HKIFF42: Panorama section’s RIVER’S EDGE (by YUKISADA Isao, Japan) and Forum section’s AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (by HU Bo, China), the latter also received a Special Mention for Best First Feature Award. The Festival will also feature all three award winners of the Ecumenical Prizes, including IN THE AISLES (by Thomas STUBER, Germany) in the Competition section; STYX (by Wolfgang FISCHER, Germany/Austria) in the Panorama section; and THEATRE OF WAR (by Lola ARIAS, Argentina/UK) in the Forum section, the latter also took home the CICAE Art Cinema Award.
Other awarded films include THE SEEN AND UNSEEN (by Kamila ANDINI, Indonesia/Netherlands), winner of the Grand Prix in the Generation KPlus section; THE WOLF HOUSE (by Joaquin Cociña, Cristóbal León, Chile) winner of the Caligari Film Prize; ELDORADO (by Markus IMHOOF, Switzerland/Germany), winner of the Amnesty International Film Prize, and SOLAR WALK (by Réka BUCSI, Denmark; included in HKIFF’s World Animation programme), winner of the Audi Short Film Award.