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HKETONY promotes HK film talents in Chicago

At the Chicago premiere (May 13) of the award-winning film “Still Human,” audience learned more about the making of the film from director Olivia Chen and actress Crisel Consunji and the hope that the movie would help open up discussions and shift perceptions about the disabled and domestic workers.

HKETONY Director Joanne Chu said the critically-acclaimed movie has won rave reviews and a number of awards in Hong Kong and abroad, including both the top audience award and critics award in the recent Far East Film Festival in Udine (Italy).

She added that “Still Human,” which was funded by the Government’s First Feature Film Initiative, epitomized the government’s support for Hong Kong’s local film industry and the efforts in nurturing film talents.

During the post-screening discussion session, the film director spoke about the funding she received from the government. She mentioned the movie had a small time frame of 19 days to shoot after winning the First Feature Film Initiative. The competition was stiff as many new Hong Kong directors are discovering new ideas and ways of storytelling that differentiate themselves from other commercial productions, she said.
Also speaking at the discussion session, the lead actress said this movie helps open the dialogue about minorities in a society. In real life, she started in musical theater in the Philippines when she was 10 and moved to Hong Kong 11 years ago. Her brush with Hong Kong cinema began with a casting call for a Filipino actress that was posted on Facebook.

HKETONY Director Joanne Chu speaks to the audience at the premiere.
HKETONY Director Joanne Chu speaks to the audience at the premiere.
 
Oliver Chen and Crisel Consunji shared about the making of the movie.
Oliver Chen and Crisel Consunji shared about the making of the movie.
From left to right: HKETONY Director Joanne Chu (1st left), director Oliver Chen, lead actress Crisel Consunji, and organizer Sophia Wong-Boccio.From left to right: HKETONY Director Joanne Chu (1st left), director Oliver Chen, lead actress Crisel Consunji, and organizer Sophia Wong-Boccio.
 
Oliver Chen (left) won best new director in a number of Hong Kong film awards.
Oliver Chen (left) won best new director in a number of Hong Kong film awards.



    
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