42nd HKIFF: Restored Classics Showcase


The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) announced that they will present ten restored classics that earned recognition in their own time and will now achieve new glory through digital restoration.

From the philosophical musings in Wings of Desire and The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company, to the irresistible beauty of Belle de Jour and La Belle Noiseuse, and the harsh reality in Struggling and Yol, audiences will gain new insights when watching these enduring masterpieces on the big screen today.

We remind readers that the 42th HKIFF will take place from March 19th until April 5th (2018) in the beautiful city of Hong Kong. Full Programm will be available on February 28th and tickets will be sold from March 2nd, 2018.

List of Restored Classics:


Struggling by Shi Dongshan – China | 1932 – 90 min.

A wartime survival story from one of pre-Communist China’s most notable filmmakers, Shi Dongshan. (IMDB)

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
UK | 1946 – 104 min.

A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (IMDB)

Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour by Luis Buñuel – France, Italy | 1967 – 106 min.

A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (IMDB)


Lucia by Humberto Solás – Cuba | 1968 – 160 min.

Traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: the Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930’s, and the 1960’s. (IMDB)


Yol by Yilmaz Güney, Serif Gören – Turkey, Switzerland, France | 1982 – 124 min.

A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week’s home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world outside. (Michael Brooke)

The Rise and Fall of a Small Cinema Company

The Rise and Fall of a Small Cinema Company by Jean-Luc Godard
France, Switzerland | 1986 – 90 min.

Filmmaker Gaspard Bazin is preparing a new feature film, so he urgently needs to find funding. And, although he asked for help from a fashion producer, Bazin is now in the lurch, because of how complicated the money has become. His wife, Eurydice, dreams of being a movie star, so, between the producer and the director will create a game to please the woman. (IMDB)

Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders – West Germany, France | 1987 – 130 min.

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. (IMDB)

My 20th Century

My 20th Century by Ildikó Enyedi
Hungary, West Germany, Cuba | 1989 – 104 min.

Born on the day Edison invents the light bulb, Dora and Lili are separated in childhood and follow different paths to meet again on the Orient Express, one a pampered courtesan, the other a feminist anarchist. (MUBI)

La Belle Noiseuse

La Belle Noiseuse by Jacques Rivette – France, Switzerland | 1991 – 240 min.

The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored. (IMDB)


Heat by Michael Mann – US | 1995 – 178 min.

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and professional lives. (IMDB)

About the HKIFF:
The HKIFF is one of the Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films. Committed to discovering new talent, the festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talent. As a life-style event, festival-goers watch world-class films, experience talks with leading filmmakers, visit film exhibitions and attend parties celebrating the Festival community, and much more.

For more information please visit the Official Website and the Official Facebook Page

To see other articles about the HKIFF please go HERE.

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