The 47th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF47) brings thrills and chills to the audience with three riveting films under this year’s Midnight Heat section.

Danish provocateur Lars von Trier returns with a third season of his deranged hospital psychodrama The Kingdom, 28 years after its first airing.  Creepy, acerbic and slyly meta-textual than ever, the five episodes of The Kingdom Exodus see the Dogma 95 advocate back to his best with this darkly humorous, unapologetically Scandinavian tale that taps into our primal fears surrounding mortality and medicine.

From surreal horror to absurd humour, French director Quentin Dupieux’s latest cinematic oddity, Smoking Causes Coughing, is a weirdly charming superhero trifle of casual gross-out playfulness and deadpan visual gags.  It sways into assorted horrifying stories where joyful irrationality is the new normal.

In his viscerally entertaining thriller, Project Wolf Hunting, South Korean director Kim Hong-sun turns a vessel loaded with dangerous criminals into purgatory.  The suspense soon escalates into an unfeasibly violent tale, where fistfights give way to unspeakable horrors.

HKIFF47 will take place from 30 March to 10 April, featuring screenings and audience-engagement events in theatres and online.  The complete programme and screening schedule are now available through HKIFF’s official website (  The public can purchase tickets through URBTIX.

Midnight Heat:

  1. The Kingdom Exodus [EP. 1-2] by Lars von Trier
  2. The Kingdom Exodus [EP. 3-5] by Lars von Trier
  3. Smoking Causes Coughing by Quentin Dupieux
  4. Project Wolf Hunting by Kim Hong-sun

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