A new generation of Asian filmmakers has gained international appreciation with their creative talent and sophisticated craft. The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) is pleased to announce two award-winning works from promising Asian directors – “The Crossing”, winner of Best Film in the Fei Mu Awards at this year’s Pingyao International Film Festival in China, and “Manta Ray”, named Best Film in Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Section, both of which will premiere in HKIFF43.

Produced by world-renowned filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang, “The Crossing” is the debut feature directed by BAI Xue. Her cinematic talent is on full display in this captivating tale of a teenage girl’s precipitous slide into a web of crime and passion. The film well deserves Best Film in the Fei Mu Awards, and also Best Actress for Huang Yao’s outstanding performance.

In “Manta Ray”, a mesmerizing debut feature about the bonding of a Rohingya refugee and the Thai fisherman who rescues him, Thai director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng captivated the Venice jury with his gentle, mystic and hypnotic images.

HKIFF43 will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019. More details will be announced in due course.

On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"