Seven of Hong Kong’s most renowned directors: Sammo Hung (洪金寶), Ann Hui (許鞍華), Patrick Tam (譚家明), Yuen Woo-ping (袁和平), Johnnie To (杜琪峰), Tsui Hark (徐克), and the late Ringo Lam (林嶺東) will be premiering their new co-directed film Septet: The Story of Hong Kong <七人樂隊> at the upcoming 73rd Cannes Film Festival.
Produced by Johnnie To, Septet is a collection of Hong Kong stories, each directed by a different director, that illustrates different time periods of the former British colony.
“It’s a very significant time in our history for this film to be selected for Cannes,” said To. “As the world battles the coronavirus, forcing the film industry to be placed on hiatus, the Cannes Film Festival continues to operate through different mediums to show these films.”
To said that Septet’s selection into Cannes was also very “heartening” news, as Septet was the last directing work of the late Ringo Lam. “The film was the result of a collaboration between the six of us and our late friend Ringo Lam, all of the same generation. It is a very significant moment.”
Septet covers over 50 years of Hong Kong’s history, from the 1950s to today. Each director is in charge of telling the stories of one time period, as they reflect on the achievements they made in the Hong Kong film industry at its might. Septet is a salute to the era that made the seven directors who they are today.
Calling back to the era of analog, Septet was shot on retro film stock. The name of the film refers to the different styles of each director, all coming together to write out a beautiful symphony.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.