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Hong Kong fest kicks off

Yeung named ambassador for event

The 35th Hong Kong festival has decided two opening pics are better than one.

This year event will feature two opening films — “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” a joint effort by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai, and “Quattro Hong Kong 2,” a movie about Hong Kong itself, which has been jointly helmed by four directors — Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Filipino helmer Brillante Mendoza, Malaysia’s Ho Yuhang and Hong Kong’s Stanley Kwan.

Both films will premiere at the opening gala on March 20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and UA Cityplaza.

Local favorite thesp Miriam Yeung is ambassador for the fest, which runs March 20-April 5.

The Filmart film and TV market and the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, also run around the same time. Fest will feature more than 300 films at 12 venues in Hong Kong, of which 59 are world, international or Asian premieres.

Wilfred Wong, head of the HKIFF Society, said, “We are now more focused, more market oriented and more reflecting Hong’s role as an Asian hub.”

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