Magazine article Screen International

Aberdeen, Midnight after to Open HKIFF

Magazine article Screen International

Aberdeen, Midnight after to Open HKIFF

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Pang Ho-cheung's Aberdeen and Fruit Chan's The Midnight After will open this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), which takes place March 24-April 7.

Starring Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung and Gigi Leung, Aberdeen is a drama revolving around different members of an extended Hong Kong family. Post-apocalyptic thriller The Midnight After recently premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin film festival.

The festival will also screen the world premiere of Beautiful 2014, the third installment in the portmanteau series co-produced by HKIFF and Chinese online video platform Youku. This year, the short films have been directed by Australia's Christopher Doyle, China's Zhang Yuan, Hong Kong's Shu Kei and Korea's Kang Je-gyu.

Another omnibus film, Three Charmed Lives, will also receive its world premiere at the festival. The film comprises shorts directed by three actors: Hong Kong's Francis Ng, Taiwan's Chang Chen and Korea's Jeong U-seong.

On March 30, the festival will hold a Philippines Day in tribute to victims of Typhoon Yolanda, which will include screenings of Erik Matti's On The Job and Chris Martinez' Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel. …

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