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Explore the female gaze with “CameraWomen: Films by Women Cinematographers” screenings!

By Celia Lee 24 May 2023

Header image courtesy of Hong Kong Arts Centre

Cinematography, like most professions to date, has traditionally been a male-dominated field. No doubt there have been prominent women filmmakers in the history of cinema, but most have yet to garner the level of prestige and recognition offered to their male counterparts. To address this lack, the Hong Kong Arts Centre will be hosting the series, “CameraWomen: Films by Women Cinematographers,” where a curated selection of works by women cinematographers will be shown to the public at the Louis Koo Cinema at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

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Photo: Hong Kong Arts Centre

Held from 14 June to 23 September, nine works by women cinematographers from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland will be screened at the Louis Koo Cinema at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Directors and cinematographers of certain titles will also attend after-screening talks for audiences to learn more about the challenges they encountered in making these films, and the skills and attitude needed for cinematographers to thrive in the industry.

Photo: Hong Kong Arts Centre

The festival opens with Love According to Dalva, a feature film that has scored many high-profile awards since its release, including Best Director—International (Young Cinema—World) at the 2022 Hong Kong International Film Festival. The film is commended for its unconventional approach in presenting issues of child abuse from the victim’s perspective, complimented by expert cinematography by Caroline Guimbal to present a delicate revelation of reality that allows the victim’s voice to be heard and her experiences acknowledged.

Other highlights include By the Name of Tania, a hybrid film scoring Special Jury Prize and Best Cinematography at the Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Films in 2019 for Virginie Surdej’s expert portrait of pressing social issues many choose to ignore; Our Child, a heartwarming display of modern motherhood and its fight against traditional family values, brought to life by cinematographer Gabriela Betschart; and Quo Vadis, Aida?, a close examination of family and nationalism in times of war, realised by Christine A. Maier’s stunning depictions that focuses on individuals instead of the spectacle of war. 

A full list of titles can be found on Hong Kong Arts Centre’s website.

Photo: Hong Kong Arts Centre

Tickets for individual titles screened for “CameraWomen” are available for purchase, with concession and Hong Kong Arts Centre member tickets also available at a discounted price. Ticket packages (one for each movie screened) are also on sale for those who want to immerse themselves in the various cinematic universes on offer. Get your tickets today and celebrate the craft of women cinematographers at the Hong Kong Arts Centre!

Louis Koo Cinema, Upper Basement, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

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Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.