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“Septet” – seven masters of Hong Kong cinema at the opening of 14th Five Flavours

An extraordinary production, developed on the initiative of Johnnie To, will honour official opening of the festival

“Septet” is a tribute to the history of Hong Kong cinema and the city itself. The idea of seven masters of Hong Kong cinema and seven stories set in the successive decades from the 1950s until today was conceived by Johnnie To, a remarkable creator of action cinema, who invited Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Woo-ping, Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark to collaborate. The film was included in the Official Selection of Cannes 2020, but due to the pandemic, it has not yet been shown in the cinemas.

Filmmakers return to their artistic roots as “Septet” was shot entirely on 35mm film. The artists look with nostalgia at factors that influenced history of the region and shaped their own biographies. “Septet” combines traditions of Cantonese dramas and boldness of Hong Kong New Wave with appreciation of action movies, that gained so much love around the world.

The 14th edition of the festival will take place in Warsaw and on the Internet from 25 November to 2 December 2020. Full programme will be announced on 29 October.