The first Festival de Cannes Film Week in Asia made its debut at cultural destination K11 MUSEA. Led by Adrian Cheng, founder of K11 Group and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes, this iconic week for cinema culture in Hong Kong and across Asia took place from November 12th to 17th.
Held at K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong’s film industry elite such as director Wong Kar-wai, filmmaker Ann Hui, director Johnnie To, director Yonfan, director Teddy Robin, director Flora Lau, producer Yvette Tang and cinematographer Christopher Doyle attended the opening ceremony while mingling with prominent directors and actors from the 72nd Festival de Cannes including internationally renowned directors Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne (Young Ahmed), actor Vincent Lacoste of On a Magical Night, and director Michael Angelo Covino (The Climb) – bringing the spirit of the world’s most prestigious film festival to Hong Kong.
The film industry elites joined the event alongside up-and-coming actors and actresses including Fala Chen, Janice Man, Hanna Chan, Adam Pak, Rachel Leung, and Himmy Wong, setting the stage for an incredible evening of cross-cultural dialogue over a universal love of film.
To present the opening screening of On a Magical Night, Thierry Frémaux welcomed the guests and was joined by the film’s starring actor Vincent Lacoste.
The weeklong festival featured film screenings, presentations, and masterclasses with legendary filmmakers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes. Held at the K11 Art House from 12-17 November 2019, the inaugural Festival de Cannes Film Week has screened six highly acclaimed films from the Official Selection 2019 of the Festival de Cannes.
“Hong Kong came so often to Cannes, it was natural for Cannes to come to Hong Kong. We are very happy to be here” – Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes.
“It is my great pleasure to present Asia’s first Festival de Cannes Film Week at K11 MUSEA,” said Adrian Cheng. “Our goal for K11 MUSEA and the wider district Victoria Dockside is to build a ‘Silicon Valley of Culture’ in Hong Kong, and in working with Thierry and his team, we have found a partner with the shared vision of propagating film culture, incubating international talents and making world-class cultural content more accessible for our audiences. I hope this is the first of many Film Weeks to come.”
Brought to Hong Kong by Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes; Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes; and Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11 Group and Executive Vice-Chairman of New World Development, the Festival de Cannes Film Week has delivered the essence of the 72nd Festival de Cannes, sharing the work of the world’s greatest artists with an unprecedented celebration of creativity, culture and cinema.