28 February 2024 (Hong Kong) – The 48th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF48) is proud to present the Asian premiere of GIFT, the latest collaboration between Academy Awards winner Hamaguchi Ryusuke and composer Ishibashi Eiko.

A single performance of GIFT, which will only ever be screened with Ishibashi’s live music accompaniment, will take place at Hong Kong City Hall on 30 March.

Following Drive My Car‘s success, Hamaguchi initially made GIFT as a silent film project to accompany Ishibashi’s captivating live performance.  From the same project, the Japanese auteur derived Evil Does Not Exist, which then went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Venice International Film Festival.  With a similar narrative, both ecopolitical thrillers revolve around a man and his daughter whose peaceful rural lives are about to be disrupted by the construction of a glamping site.

As the composed and wordless counterpart to Evil Does Not Exist, GIFT offers an alternative perspective by utilising the same footage and scenario, creating a distinctly different experience.  Ishibashi’s mesmerising live score intensifies viewers’ emotional connection and contemplation of the clash between man and nature, as well as good and evil.

HKIFF48 will take place from 28 March to 8 April, spanning 12 days. The festival will announce its complete programme in March.

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