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Hong Kong Filmmaker Makes History at Cannes
Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights Opens Cannes Film Festival

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At the Cannes cocktail reception for My Blueberry Nights, Mr Fred Lam (second from right), Executive Director of the HKTDC, gets cosy with the movie's stars Mr Jude Law and Ms Norah Jones. My Blueberry Nights, the first English-language film directed by Mr Wong Kar Wai (far right), opened the 60th Festival de Cannes yesterday.

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Mr Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC, and actor Mr Jude Law enjoy the glittering moment at the cocktail reception in Cannes for Mr Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights, the opening film of the 60th Festival de Cannes.
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My Blueberry Nights is the first film directed by a Chinese filmmaker to open the Cannes Film Festival in its 60-year history. The opening ceremony for the film was held at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. Director Wong Kar Wai, his wife and the movie's principal actors, Jude Law and Norah Jones, were among the first to make their way up the red carpet.

May 17, 2007 (Cannes, France) - My Blueberry Nights, the first English-language movie from renowned Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai, opened the 60th Festival de Cannes yesterday. Mr Wong becomes the first Chinese filmmaker to open Cannes in the film festival's 60-year history.

Speaking at the cocktail reception in Cannes, France, for My Blueberry Nights, Mr Fred Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), said it was a great honour to have Wong Kar Wai's new film open the Cannes Film Festival.

"It shows that Hong Kong films are highly regarded in Europe," said Mr Lam. "The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is dedicated to supporting the Hong Kong film industry through our organisation of the annual Hong Kong Film and TV Market (FILMART). We also support outreach programmes in major film markets around the world, and provide tailor-made business matching services, helping Hong Kong film companies find the right partners for film financing, production and distribution."

Hong Kong FILMART, held in March, attracted 453 exhibitors and 4,094 buyers, a jump of 11.3 per cent and 18.9 per cent respectively over the previous year.

The celebrated, 12-day Cannes Film Festival features dozens of films from around the world, including The Triangle, another Hong Kong film. Co-directed by Mr Johnnie To, Mr Tsui Hark and Mr Ringo Lam, The Triangle will be shown at Cannes' Midnight Screenings.

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Maggie Cheung

Shu Qi

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Gong Li and Kerry Washington (right)
Gong Li and Andie MacDowell
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Wong Kar Wai and his wife
Wong Kar Wai and Jude Law
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(Left to right) Wong Kar Wai, his wife, Norah Jones and Jude Law
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