The Hong Kong International Film Festival announced on Thursday that Taiwanese star Brigitte Lin has been chosen as the filmmaker in focus for its 42nd edition (March 19th-April 5th, 2018).
Born in Taiwan, Lin was discovered at the age of 17 and made her film debut with Outside the Window (窗外) in 1973. In the ensuing years, Lin became one of the most iconic actresses in the region, especially after taking her career to Hong Kong. She has been nominated for four Hong Kong Film Awards and three Golden Horse Awards for Best Actress. She finally won the Golden Horse Award in 1990 for Yim Ho’s Red Dust (滾滾紅塵).
Lin retired from acting in 1994 after acting in Wong Kar-wai’s Ashes of Time (東邪西毒) and Chungking Express (重慶森林). She has since narrated two films by Yonfan and began publishing her writings in 2011.
The festival will screen 14 of Lin’s films, including a brand-new remastered version of Outside the Window in time for its 45th anniversary. Lin will also attend a special seminar to revisit her career on March 31st at the Hong Kong Culture Center.
Last month, the HKIFF announced that the 42nd edition will be the final one for long-time festival artistic director Lee Cheuk-to. A successor has not been announced.