Hong Kong International Documentary Festival 2019

Hong Kong International Documentary Festival:
Examining the World, Recording the Present

 

The inaugural edition of the Hong Kong International Documentary Festival will be launched on 4th October this year.

This Festival features 65 films from 12 countries and regions, to be presented in five programmes, namely “International Selection”, “Spotlight - Polish Docs”, “Chinese Doc Competition” and “Hong Kong Selection”. Also included in the Festival are Talks and Master Classes by world renowned filmmakers.

International Selection
This year’s “International Selection” comprises 10 documentaries from 9 countries including the United States, Russia, Bulgaria and Iran.

Spotlight - Polish Docs
This is a showcase of finest films from Poland -- one of the most important contributors to world cinema -- and is composed of two sections: “Docs by Lodz Film School” and “Docs by Kieslowski”.

“Docs by Lodz Film School” introduces audiences to 15 documentaries made by students of Lodz Film School. These films not only speak to the remarkable filmmaking talents of the school, but also provide a unique perspective on life in Polish society.

“Docs by Kieslowski” is a collection of 8 documentaries and one narrative feature directed by Polish master Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Chinese Doc Competition
Fifteen films from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will compete in the Chinese Doc section. These are the latest and finest works produced by the Chinese filmmakers in various communities.

Hong Kong Selection
Seven Hong Kong productions have been selected to compete in this section. These films reflect the reality of the city.

The Festival’s award ceremony will take place on 12th October, when the winners of the Chinese Docs Competition, Hong Kong Selection Competition and International Selection’s Critics’ Choice Award will be announced.

Talk and Master Class
We will also be joined by cinematographer Jacek Petrycki, a long-time collaborator of Kieslowski, and director Krzysztof Zanussi in the Festival. The two masters will talk about their experiences in two seminars: “Working with Kieslowski” with Petrycki and “Narrative Art in Film” with Zanussi. Petrycki will also teach two master classes where he will share with participants the many lessons he has learned during his long career of documentary filmmaking.

16/09/2019

A migrante school in Beijing’s Chang Ping district is facing demolition...

The ‘lotus reapers’ are a group of workers with special skills, usually farmers aged between 40 to 60...

A primary school near Yunlin Liu Qing Petrochemical industrial district has been forced to move many times due to pollution...

The Chief of Yancheng District is a legendary banned Taiwanese song from the 1960s, about the red light district in Kaohsiung...

The role each person plays in a family changes over time...

中緬邊境居民生活變遷

Lao Wang is one of the tens of thousands of fishermen living in Wuhan’s Nan Anzui by the Yangtze River...

Two Taiwanese social activists have been tirelessly fighting for democracy for over 30 years...

Fourteen interviewees of different demographics sing a song that best represents them in front of the camera...

The increasing commercialisation of medical services has resulted in fewer options for child birth...

Two young Taiwanese aboriginal girls trapped in the lowest rung of society try to break out of their predicament...

A mother brought about her own downfall after she joined a cult and murdered her own son...

Three veteran Hong Kong dancers, Mui Cheuk-yin, Yuri Ng and Xing Liang express their views on art and flash back to their pasts through dialogue and improvisational dance...

Lao Su has been a drifter for the past 30 years, making a living in different provinces...

Visible Record organises different kinds of courses to develop documentary-making talents...

On July 7, 2019, Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui was packed with people joining the rally...

After spending the last decade working in Hong Kong as a domestic helper...

A young man suddenly killed himself by leaping off the apartment building where his former schoolmate lived...

After spending the last decade working in Hong Kong as a domestic helper...

To the group of homeless people living under a bridge in Sham Shui Po, daily life involves coping with strange stares cast by passersby and dodging the frequent raids by the government...

The fact that Ha Sum is wheelchair bound does not discourage him from pursuing his studies in Zhuhai...

Kwok Hoi Ling, Hong Kong’s Thai boxing champion, is determined to win her tenth gold belt...

“Gulag” is Russian for the government agency that operated a network of forced-labor camps during the Soviet era between 1918 and 1960...

A Lebanese woman hopes to put smiles back on the faces of refugee children from the Middle East...

The director, well in his eighties, decides to follow a group of Latvian children through their school year to observe their learning environment...

Undocumented workers, drifters and scavengers cross paths at a recycling plant in upstate New York...

Raza, a Jewish girl and Holocaust survivor became an iconic figure when her photo was captured on camera...

Adam and Wendy have been one another's one and only their whole life...

Through organising a reading of Palestinian works among a group of renowned Jewish and Palestinian writers...

A wedding photographer in Iran spends his off days taking pictures of children living in impoverished villages in the mountains...

Not a lot of ballerinas manage to continue performing in their forties...

An unmarried filmmaker in her forties hopes to become pregnant with the help of artificial insemination...

Including five Kieślowski’s documentaries: The Office, Curriculum Vitae, From a Night Porter’s Point of View, Seven Women of Different Ages and Railway Station

Including three Kieślowski’s documentaries: First Love, Hospital and Talking Heads

Five films made by the Łódź Film School:Internal: 55, Walk with A Guide, Written in Ink, Iron Alibi and Eventide

Five films made by the Łódź Film School:Agnes, 52 Percent, 38.5, Sisters and Time Machine

Four films made by the Łódź Film School:Education, One Two Zero, Their Voices and Connected

Petrycki is the cinematographer of the award-winning documentary...

On the eve of the First World War, a medical doctor in Poland becomes obsessed with the anesthetic properties of ether and is linked to the death of a young woman...

After Philip, an ordinary factory worker, buys an 8mm camera to film his newborn daughter...

the days shoot for Kieslowski

the important role of ‘conflict’

After graduating from the Lodz film school in 1970, Petrycki has been collaborating with Kieślowski ever since...

Screening Schedule

Date Time Venue Film
4/10 (Fri) 7:30 pm SM Docs by Kieślowski-1 
5/10 (Sat) 7:00 pm SP Gone with the Policy + Searching For Tereska*
  9:45 pm MM Love and Empty Words*
6/10 (Sun) 4:20 pm PE Camera Buff*
  7:05 pm PE Ether*
  5:40 pm MM Docs by Łódź Film School-3*
  7:45 pm MM Docs by Łódź Film School-1*
7/10 (Mon) 2:30 pm SP Visible Record Shorts*
  7:30 pm SP Docs by Łódź Film School-2*
  5:25 pm MM Zanussi: Secret of Narrative art
  7:40 pm MM Docs by Kieślowski-1 
8/10 (Tue) 7:50 pm MM A Maculate Non-Conception
  7:50 pm PE La Vie En Road* + Quan Ma He + Letter to a Friend in Gaza
9/10 (Wed) 8:00 pm MM Love and Empty Words
  8:00 pm PE Docs by Kieślowski–2 
10/10 (Thu) 7:30 pm MM Her Tenth + Docs by Łódź Film School-1 (Original Screening: Unconventional Family)
  7:30 pm PE Gone with the Policy* + Searching for Tereska
11/10 (Fri) 7:30 pm PE Beijing into Songs*
  7:30 pm MM Turning 18*
  9:45 pm MM Black and White + Lotus Root*
12/10 (Sat) 1:20 pm MM Our Happy Birth Day*
  5:30 pm MM Awards Ceremony
  7:30 pm MM 24th Street*
  9:45 pm MM A Monologue in the Intermission + The Chief of Yancheng District*
  7:30 pm PE We Must Clown + Kisses and Hugs*
13/10 (Sun) 3:25 pm MM La Vie En Road* + Quan Ma He* + Letter to a Friend in Gaza
  5:25 pm MM Sunday + Granny and Mammy* + Amphibian Man*
  7:40 pm MM The Reason Why I’m Home*
  5:30 pm PE Docs by Łódź Film School-2*
  7:40 pm PE Docs by Łódź Film School-3*
  7:30 pm SP The Time of the Individual + The Price of Democracy*
14/10 (Mon) 7:30 pm MM Dance Goes On* + Echoes in the Fog
15/10 (Tue) 8:00 pm MM Our Happy Birth Day
  7:30 pm PE Gone With Wind*
16/10 (Wed) 8:00 pm MM 24th Street
  8:00 pm PE A Monologue in the Intermission* + The Chief of Yancheng District
17/10 (Thu) 7:55 pm PE A Maculate Non-Conception*
  8:15 pm MM The Reason Why I’m Home
18/10 (Fri) 7:30 pm SP The Fourth Kingdom*
  7:35 pm MM Ibu + Women of the Gulag*
  9:45 pm MM Beijing into Songs
19/10 (Sat) 7:30 pm SP To Be Continued*
  5:50 pm PE Docs by Łódź Film School-1
  7:30 pm PE We Must Clown* + Kisses and Hugs
20/10 (Sun) 7:30 pm SP Sunday* + Granny and Mammy + Amphibian Man
22/10 (Tue) 7:30 pm AC Ibu* + Women of the Gulag
23/10 (Wed) 7:30 pm AC The Fourth Kingdom
24/10 (Thu) 7:30 pm AC Ether
25/10 (Fri) 7:30 pm SP To Be Continued
27/10 (日) 7:30 pm SP Gone With Wind*
2/11 (Sat) 7:30 pm SP The Time of the Individual* + The Price of Democracy
3/11 (Sun) 7:30 pm SP Black and White + Lotus Root
8/11 (Fri) 7:00 pm SP Camera Buff*
9/11 (Sat) 6:30 pm SP Docs by Kieślowski–2
      Jacek Petrycki: Working with Kieślowski
10/11 (Sun) 7:30 pm SP A Tale of Wandering Souls*
15/11 (Fri) 7:30 pm SP Her Tenth* + Docs by Łódź Film School-2 (Original Screening: Unconventional Family)
16/11 (Sat) 7:30 pm SP Turning 18
17/11 (Sun) 7:30 pm SP Dance Goes On + Echoes in the Fog*

*Q&A session with the director or guest

 

Venue

AC Hong Kong Arts Centre
Address: 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Directions: Exit at Exit C of Wan Chai MTR station and walk along the footbridge to Immigration Tower. Go straight to Harbour Road, turn left and walk for approximately one minute.
SP Hong Kong Space Museum
Address: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Directions: Around 5-minute walk from Exit E, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.
SM Hong Kong Science Museum
Address: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Directions: Around 18-minute walk along Cameron Road from Exit B2 of Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station towards the direction of Tsim Sha Tsui East.
MM MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
Address: 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Hong Kong
Directions: Around 5-minute walk from Exit D2 of Tai Koo MTR Station.
PE PREMIERE ELEMENTS
Address: 2/F, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Directions: MTR Kowloon Station Exit C.

 

Inquiry
Visible Record
Tel: 2540 7859
Email: visiblerecord@gmail.com

Ticketing Information

Tickets are available from 19 September.
 

Screenings at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Science Museum
Booking Counter: URBTIX Outlets
Tickets: $75 / $55*
Tickets for the screening "Docs by Kieślowski-2 + Talk" on 9 November $100 / $70*
* Full-time students, senior citizens and 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
 
Group Booking Discount
This offer is applicable to URBTIX Outlets, mobile ticketing app My URBTIX (Android and iPhone versions), online and telephone booking.
  • 10% discount for each purchase of 4-9 full-price tickets
  • 15% discount for each purchase of 10 or more full-price tickets
* Patrons can only enjoy either one of the discount schemes for purchase of the same ticket. Please inform the box office at the time of purchase which discount scheme you wish to enjoy.
* Patrons can enjoy the group booking discounts for only one venue per purchase.
 
Special Notes
  • The price of discounted tickets will be rounded up to the nearest dollar on each ticket.
  • The Hong Kong Space Museum box office only provides counter sales service for film programmes scheduled at the Museum. Ticket collection service is available at the Ticket Dispensing Machine in the Museum.
  • There is no URBTIX counter sales service at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Ticket collection service is available at the Ticket Dispensing Machine in the Museum.
  • For screening about to start in one hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box office of the venues.
 

Screenings at MOViE MOViE Cityplaza and PREMIERE ELEMENTS
Booking Counter: Box Office of MOViE MOViE Cityplaza and Premiere Elements
Tickets: $85 / $55*
* Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
 

Discount Schemes
  • bc VIP and MOViE MOViE (MM) 20% discount members
The discount schemes are applicable to regular-priced tickets only.
 

Special Discount
 
Fleurs des Lettres subscribers: 20% discount for all screenings.
  • Please call or Whatsapp 9404 0778 for ticket reservation.
  • Please reserve tickets at least one week before the screening date.
  • Please provide proof of subscription upon ticket collection at the screening venue.
  • Number of tickets are limited, no further reservations will be accepted once tickets are sold out.
 

Enquiries
Visible Record
Tel: 2540 7859
Email: visiblerecord@gmail.com

Talk Schedule

Date Time Venue Speakers Topic
7/10 (Mon) 5:25 pm MM Krzysztof Zanussi Secret of Narrative Art
9/11 (Sat) 6:30 pm SP Jacek Petrycki Working with Kieslowski

 


Venue Information

MM MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
Address: 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Hong Kong
Directions: Around 5-minute walk from Exit D2 of Tai Koo MTR Station.
SP Hong Kong Space Museum
Address: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Directions: Around 5-minute walk from Exit E, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.

Enquiries
Visible Record
Tel: 2540 7859
Email: visiblerecord@gmail.com