2018

Tickets available NOW! Additional Screening for The Receptionist at May 10 21:50.

The 7th Hong Kong Salento International Film Festival (HKSIFF) highlights world-class independent films focusing on Italian and International productions. From May 8 (Tuesday) to May 13 (Sunday), the rave of the International Independent Cinema from all over the world continues in Hong Kong.

Since 2004, SIFF has been screening the World's best indie films to broad international audiences: A yearly occasion to watch the real Independent Cinema. Many of the festival's “Official Selection” films will be part of SIFF WORLD, which brings the films to 14 cities every year, from Hong Kong to Yerevan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Santiago del Cile, London, Oslo, and many more.

The Grand is going to present the selection of the Best of the Fest 2017 Edition. The 6-day HKSIFF will showcase 6 feature films from Italy, Russia, Israel, Taiwan and Iran.

American Fango, the semi-autobiographical film by Italian director Gabriele Altobelli, presents a love and self-searching story about an Italian actor who leaves Rome and goes to New York where he pursues romance with several beautiful ladies.

Blue Hollywood, the feature directorial debut of award-winning Italian director Francesco Gabriele, is about two young actors who meet on the path to a shared dream, it is a journey filled with desire, determination and disappointment.

Beneath the Silence, set in 1973, a time when PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) was not recognized as a medical condition. Daphna, the wife of an ex-soldier, struggles to get help from the military.

About Love, directed by the famous Russian Director Vladimir Bortko, is inspired by L. Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina”. It is a film about adultery and erotic romance, showing the life and moral values of modern elites.

Cold Breath, Iranian film directed by Abbas Raziji, illustrates the struggles of Maryam, an impoverished person who was born as a woman but lives as a man. Trusting in love for survival, Maryam faces her greatest fears head on when her secret is revealed.

The Receptionist, the debut film of London-based Taiwanese director Jenny Lu. The story is based on real facts. It is filmed in the first person angle of the Taiwanese college graduate Tina who has resorted to work as a receptionist in a massage parlour during the economic crisis in 2008.


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Screening Schedule
2018-05-08
19:50 - About Love^

2018-05-09
19:50 - Beneath the Silence

2018-05-10
19:50 - American Fango
21:50 - The Receptionist (Additional Screening)

2018-05-11
19:50 - The Receptionist

2018-05-12
18:10 - Blue Hollywood^

2018-05-13
18:10 - Cold Breath

^About Love & Blue Hollywood have been classified as Category III. Ticket Exchange for other non sold-out screenings of Dutch Film Festival 2018 Programmes which shown in the Grand Cinema or Refunds will be made to ticket holders under 18 years of age who buy tickets before the announcement. The aforesaid arrangements can be made at the box office of The Grand Cinema. (All services fees will not be refunded)

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All screenings offer Free Seating. One ticket per person is required regardless of any age.

Gift Vouchers and Complimentary Tickets are not applicable

About Love - Salento IFF
“All happy families are happy alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”

Nina is a student married to the young beautiful professor Alexandr. She is convinced that love is all about fidelity and humility, but everything changes after she meets Sergey, the head of the bank where her husband has debt.
Director
Vladimir Bortko
RunTime
94
Category
III
Language
Russian
Subtitle
English
Cast
Anna Chipovskaya
Dmitriy Pevtsov
Genre
Drama
Romance
 
Show Time
Available Format
3D
2D
19:50
Beneath The Silence - Salento IFF
The debut feature film by Israeli filmmaking duo Erez Mizrahi and Sahar Shavit.

Set in 1973, a time when PTSD was not recognized as a medical condition, Daphna, the wife of an ex-soldier, struggles to get help from the military in order to maintain her husband Menashe’s last bits of sanity while their 10 year-old son, Shlomi, tries to understand what has happened to his father and why he is different.
Director
Erez Mizrahi
Sahar Shavit
RunTime
111
Category
IIB
Language
Hebrew
Subtitle
English
Cast
Amos Tamam
Adva Bolla
Genre
Drama
 
Show Time
Available Format
3D
2D
19:50
American Fango - Salento IFF
A semi-autobiographical romantic drama by Italian director Gabriele Altobelli. Francesco, a young Italian actor with big dreams, goes to Los Angeles to see his American lover whom he met in Rome.

Upon arriving, however, he is unceremoniously shown the door when her boyfriend shows up. He then leaves LA for NY where he has some more solid contacts and thus begins Francesco’s (and the audience’s) romance with New York City as seen through his eyes.
Director
Gabriele Altobelli
RunTime
10
Category
IIB
Language
English
Italian (in parts)
Subtitle
English (in parts)
Cast
Joseph D'Onofrio
Deborah Twiss
Genre
Drama
 
Show Time
Available Format
3D
2D
19:50
The Receptionist - Salento IFF
Struggling to find work and weighed down by financial problems, Taiwanese graduate Tina takes a job as a receptionist at an illegal massage parlour in London.

As she slowly gets to know the women who work there, Tina is forced to question her values as she discovers humour and humanity in the most unlikely of places.

But how far will she be drawn into this world, and can she avoid losing herself in the process?
Director
Jenny Lu
RunTime
101
Category
IIB
Language
Putonghua
English
Others (in parts)
Subtitle
English
Cast
Josh Whitehouse
Lorraine Stanley
Genre
Drama
 
Show Time
Available Format
3D
2D
21:50
Blue Hollywood - Salento IFF
Two young actors sharing the same dream embark on a journey filled with desire, determination and disappointment.

Reckless Alessandro, from Italy, crosses paths with cautious Celeste, a British student, at an Acting Summer Programme in London. Not long after that they decide to move together to Los Angeles.

Stepping foot in Hollywood, they have different approaches and priorities and in the end they both have to make life-changing decisions.
Director
Francesco Gabriele
RunTime
82
Category
III
Language
English
Italian (in parts)
Subtitle
English
Cast
Mark Arnold
Emma Maddock
Genre
Drama
 
Show Time
Available Format
3D
2D
18:10
Cold Breath - Salento IFF
Born a woman but living as a man, 30-year-old Maryam struggles in conforming to societal gender norms.

She is living paycheck to paycheck when her daughter succumbs to cancer and she must find a way to pay for her treatment. Trusting in love for survival, Maryam faces her greatest fears head on when her secret is revealed.
Director
Abbas Raziji
RunTime
83
Category
IIA
Language
Persian
Subtitle
English
Cast
Bita Baadraan
Kimia Mollaee
Genre
Drama
 
Show Time
Available Format
3D
2D
18:10