Magazine article Screen International

'Project Gutenberg' Sweeps 2019 Hong Kong Film Awards

Magazine article Screen International

'Project Gutenberg' Sweeps 2019 Hong Kong Film Awards

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Felix Chong’s crime drama won seven awards, including best film.

Project Gutenberg was the clear winner at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, picking up seven prizes, including best film, as well as best director and best screenplay for Felix Chong.

The Hong Kong-China co-production, about a team of money counterfeiters, also picked up awards for cinematography, editing, art direction and costume & make-up design. Going into the ceremony, the film had 17 nominations, making it the second most nominated film ever, behind Bodyguards And Assassins in 2009.

However, Project Gutenberg lost out on the best actor award, which went to Anthony Wong in Still Human, from first-time director Oliver Chan Siu-kuen. The film, about a wheel chair-bound man and his Filipina maid, also won best new director for Chan and best new performer for Crisel Consunji.

A film from another first-time director – Jun Li’s transgender drama Tracey – picked up awards for best supporting actress (Kara Wai) and best supporting actor (Ben Yuen). Best actress went to Chloe Maayan for her role in Fruit Chan’s Three Husbands.

Still Human and Tracey are representative of a new generation of filmmakers in Hong Kong, who are making more socially conscious films that are not necessarily aimed at mainland audiences. Another first-time director in this group is Sunny Chan, whose Men On The Dragon won awards for best original film score and best original film song. …

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