19 ‑ 28 Sep 2014 (everyday)
G/F, E-Max, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
$80 / $70 (Student/Child/Senior)
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Sundance Institute and The Metroplex announced today the eight new independent films that will premiere as part of the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects screening series, September 19 to 28, 2014, at the newly opened state-of-the-art cineplex in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. Drawing on the Sundance Film Festival's 30-year history of discovery and innovation and The Metroplex’s commitment to supporting film culture, Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects will offer the Hong Kong premieres of eight new films direct from the 2014 Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.

The Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects will feature five of the Festival’s award-winning films. The full lineup is: The Case Against 8, Fishing Without Nets, God Help the Girl, Infinitely Polar Bear, Life After Beth, Skeleton Twins, Whiplash and Wish I Was Here. The screening series will begin with the Hong Kong premiere of Infinitely Polar Bear, a bitter-sweet family tale of how life’s storms can be weathered with creativity and love. God Help the Girl, the directorial debut of musician Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian, will close the screening series on a musical note. As a Special Presentation, the critically acclaimed Whiplash tells the story of a determined young drummer, shedding light on our fear of mediocrity and the price of success.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, "In our effort to share the best of American independent film with audiences outside the U.S., Hong Kong seemed an excellent location with a rich cinematic history. In partnership with The Metroplex, we look forward to presenting this program of diverse and high quality independent films."

Filmmakers attending the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects to engage in post-screening Q&As with audiences include Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear), Jeff Baena (Life After Beth), Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), Cutter Hodierne (Fishing Without Nets), Ben Cotner and Ryan White (The Case Against 8). John Cooper will also attend and moderate a panel discussion, entitled Visions of Independence, on 20 September with Bede Cheng, Senior Program Manager of The Metroplex.

The spirit of independence transcends art forms. As a complement to the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects, The Metroplex has programmed a selection of independent artists who share the spirit of creativity and independence, including The Stay Up, The Helter Skelter, Adrian Fu, Lillian Wong@O.U.R. Works, Shandy Gan@O.U.R. Works, Trekkerz@O.U.R. Works, HAZE, Hey Rachel, SiS Lok’s and Noughts and Exes to perform at the Atrium, E-Max on two consecutive weekends during the screening series, 20-21 and 27-28 September. Free Admission. Stay tuned at http://hk.sundance.org/eng/index.htm for details on panel discussion, post-movie discussion and live music events.
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28 Aug 2014 (Thu) 9am onward