The 2nd International Film Festival & Awards • Macao Michelle Yeoh In Focus announced Final Programme additions, Crossfire line-up
The 2nd International Film Festival & Awards • Macao (IFFAM) today announced a number of new additions to this year’s edition which takes place in Macao from December 8-14
Internationally renowned star Michelle Yeoh will be the subject of this year’s In Focus tribute, with a screening of 2010’s hit Reign of Assassins, directed by Su Chao-pin. Yeoh will also take part in an In Conversation event on Dec 14
Yeoh is one of the few Asian stars to have converted her success into Hollywood with roles in worldwide hits like Tomorrow Never Dies, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Memoirs Of A Geisha, Mechanic: Resurrection and The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor in addition to her illustrious Asian credits like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Reign Of Assassins. Her conversation at IFFAM will embrace a stunning movie career that has spanned over 30 years.
Meanwhile, IFFAM has announced new film additions to the programme which is now complete:
• Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya (screening in Hollywood Special Presentations) stars Margot Robbie in an awards-tipped performance as US skater Tonya Harding.
• Korean blockbuster The Outlaws (screening in Flying Daggers) has grossed nearly $50m at the Korean box office. Kang Yoon-Sung’s action thriller stars Train To Busan’s Ma Dong-Seok in an electrifying performance as unconventional cop cleaning up a gang war in Seoul.
• IFFAM Jury President Laurent Cantet will introduction a Special Presentation of his latest film The Workshop (L’Atelier), which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year.
• French smash hit C’est La Vie! (Le Sens De La Fête) (screening in Food Special Presentations) is the latest film from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (Intouchables, Samba) and follows the hectic preparations for a wedding party.
• Macao filmmaker Lorence Chan will present the World Premiere of Passing Rain as a Macao Special Presentation. Set and filmed in Macao, the story follows six characters trying to regain something they have lost.
As previously announced, the directors taking part in this year’s Crossfire strand are Shekhar Kapur, Im Sang-soo, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Koolhoven and Ivan Sen.
This section is designed to promote a cultural exchange between western film-makers who select Asian genre films and Asian who select western genre films.
The genre they have selected are:
• 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick) – selected by Shekar Kapur
• Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949, Robert Hamer) – selected by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
• Mad Detective (2007, Johnnie To & Was Ka-fai) — selected by Guillermo Del Toro
• One Nite In Mongkok (2004, Derek Yee) – selected by Ivan Sen
• Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa) – selected by Martin Koolhoven
• The Silence of The Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme) – selected by Im Sang-soo
All the directors will be in Macao to present their chosen titles, apart from Guillermo Del Toro who will introduce Mad Detective via video message.
Mike Goodridge, Artistic Director of the IFFAM, states “Michelle Yeoh is a truly global star and a great actress and we are honored to welcome her to give a conversation about her career. Meanwhile we are thrilled to announce this new group of films to close out the programme. The response from local audiences to the films so far has been very strong, and with classics like 2001, Kind Hearts And Coronets and Rashomon added to the best of contemporary new cinema, we think we will be presenting a dazzling celebration of cinema in the city of Macao in December.”
For more information, please visit the official website: http://www.iffamacao.com