Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA (ARTiculate: Films)

Inspired by impressionistic painters the likes of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin, French artist Henri Matisse used vivid colors and visceral imagery to express strong emotions, making him a pioneer of the art movement known as Fauvism…

Marcel Duchamp: Art of the Possible (ARTiculate: Films)

As Marcel Duchamp can attest with his painting of the “Mona Lisa” with a moustache, art does not necessarily need to be highbrow in order to achieve immortality. His subversive attitude to art redefined its meaning that had been well-established for several hundred years.

In Search of Beethoven (In Search of the Great Composers: Films)

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and we’re celebrating the momentous occasion with a special screening of this absorbing documentary, “In Search of Beethoven”. Known as the patron saint of music, Beethoven has given the world iconic pieces such as “The Eroica Symphony”, “Ode to Joy” and “The Pastoral Symphony”.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s contemporary dance retelling of Cinderella has been performed for over 20 years, and each rerun has been highly popular, with tickets being sold out well in advance. Bourne sets the classic children’s tale in London during the Second World War, and instead of Cinderella meeting her prince, she encounters an RAF pilot and they fall passionately in love.

Queen + Béjart: Ballet for Life (Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS Films)

QUEEN + BEJART: BALLET FOR LIFE tells the creation and the success of the unique collaboration between three huge cultural names: the band Queen, Versace and the visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart, the founder of Béjart Ballet Lausanne. To pay tribute to two legendary performers, Freddie Mercury and dancer Jorge Donn, both of whom died in the early 1990’s, Béjart presented a groundbreaking dance performance…

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Gauguin from the National Gallery (ARTiculate: Film)

Paul Gauguin, along with Van Gogh and Cézanne, are seen as pivotal figures of post-Impressionism. Gauguin had long been attracted to exotic cultures and later chose to escape civilization and sought inspiration in foreign locales. He saw himself as a “brute” and his creations are full of vitality and energy. His depictions of native subjects were colorful while at the same time showed careful attention to lines and figure proportions. With this work, he marked a departure from Impressionism and made use of the medium to explore issues about life and art, and his art had a lasting influence on later generations of artists such as Matisse. This film was made in collaboration with The National Gallery in London, which allowed the crew advance access to “Gauguin Portraits”, the first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin that opened in October, 2019. In addition, the production also visited Tahiti, France and the Marquesas Islands to obtain insight on the artist through his works and interviews with his descendants, and offers a comprehensive reevaluation of this “brutish” artist.

Jheronimus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (ARTiculate: Film)

The legendary Dutch artist Jheronimus Bosch is considered by many to be a precursor to surrealism, predating the 20th century art movement by several hundred years, while the surrealist master Salvador Dali once styled himself “the new Bosch”. Bosch’s style of art is bizarre and wondrous, filled with strange creatures that symbolize human fear and desire. At present, there are only 25 extant Bosch paintings, including such masterpieces as GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS and SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND THE FOUR LAST THINGS. Even though he painted few works, Bosch’s imagination was wide-reaching, encompassing heaven, hell and everything in between. His vision transcends time and space, inspiring countless modern artists.

In the Tracks of Alexandre Desplat (Get Groovy! Music Film)

Oscar-winning film score composer Alexandre Desplat has already scored over 100 films including THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, ISLE OF DOGS, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE DANISH GIRL, THE IMITATION GAME, HARRY POTTER: RELIC OF THE DEAD over the course of his illustrious career. Having already received numerous accolades, he won the grand slam of the Oscars, Golden Globes Awards and the British Academy Film Awards with his work on THE SHAPE OF WATER, proving that he is one of the most prolific musical composers in motion pictures and a master of the form. This documentary explores Alexandre Desplat through his work, showing him in his private studio and attending a recording session with a symphony orchestra, in addition to featuring interviews with a host of top directors including Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski and George Clooney, who testify to the composer’s ability to perfectly combine images and music.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Get Groovy! Music Film)

In the lengthy musical history of jazz, Miles Davis is undoubtedly one of its most brilliant and influential figures. With his spellbinding performances, this trumpet maestro revolutionized jazz and remained at its forefront for much of his life. This film features interviews with many of Davis’s former collaborators including Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock, as well as never-before-seen footage and rare glimpses of the musical genius at work in the studio. It offers an illuminating portrait of Davis’s eventful life.

Imagine: Remastered Version (Get Groovy! Music Film)

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

These words epitomize John Lennon’s lifelong pursuit of peace and love, whose vision of world harmony also led him to create such indelible classic as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. Among his works, “Imagine,” with its stirring melody and timeless lyrics, was cited by ROLLING STONE magazine as “the greatest musical gift to the world.” Using the power of rock and roll, Lennon expressed his faith in a utopian world that is free and without barriers.

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (ARTiculate: Films)

Vincent van Gogh had had a lifelong yearning for love, but yet his life and death were filled with loneliness. Throughout his life, he suffered from constant anxiety and discomfort as well as a relentless struggle with poverty and romantic failures, culminating in a rage-filled episode in which he cut off his own ear, followed by suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. He found solace only in art, and through painting he soothed his pain. Van Gogh immersed himself in rural life and nature, and consoled himself with the heavens and the earth, creating distinctive visions of night skies and wheat fields. He once wrote that “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

Vermeer and Music (ARTiculate: Film)

In the film Girl with a Pearl Earring, inspired by Vermeer’s famous painting, Scarlett Johansson perfectly captures the spirit of the title character with her dreamy expression, captivating eyes and luscious lips. Along with Rembrandt and van Gogh, Vermeer is seen as one of the three greatest Dutch masters. Meticulously rendering the play of light and shadows with soft and delicate tones, Vermeer’s masterpieces, such as The Milkmaid, Woman Reading a Letter and The Art of Painting are almost always set within confined domestic spaces, combining carefully arranged objects and human figures in superb compositions.

Renoir: Revered and Reviled (ARTiculate: Films)

This year is the centenary of the death of French Impressionist master Auguste Renoir. His depiction of the charming and romantic 19th century French middle-class life in such paintings as “Dance at Le moulin de la Galette” and “Luncheon of the Boating Party” still fascinate viewers to this day, while the “Dance series” from 1883 remains his most popular works.

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Gauguin from the National Gallery (ARTiculate: Film)

Paul Gauguin, along with Van Gogh and Cézanne, are seen as pivotal figures of post-Impressionism. Gauguin had long been attracted to exotic cultures and later chose to escape civilization and sought inspiration in foreign locales. He saw himself as a “brute” and his creations are full of vitality and energy. His depictions of native subjects were colorful while at the same time showed careful attention to lines and figure proportions. With this work, he marked a departure from Impressionism and made use of the medium to explore issues about life and art, and his art had a lasting influence on later generations of artists such as Matisse. This film was made in collaboration with The National Gallery in London, which allowed the crew advance access to “Gauguin Portraits”, the first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin that opened in October, 2019. In addition, the production also visited Tahiti, France and the Marquesas Islands to obtain insight on the artist through his works and interviews with his descendants, and offers a comprehensive reevaluation of this “brutish” artist.

Jheronimus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (ARTiculate: Film)

The legendary Dutch artist Jheronimus Bosch is considered by many to be a precursor to surrealism, predating the 20th century art movement by several hundred years, while the surrealist master Salvador Dali once styled himself “the new Bosch”. Bosch’s style of art is bizarre and wondrous, filled with strange creatures that symbolize human fear and desire. At present, there are only 25 extant Bosch paintings, including such masterpieces as GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS and SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND THE FOUR LAST THINGS. Even though he painted few works, Bosch’s imagination was wide-reaching, encompassing heaven, hell and everything in between. His vision transcends time and space, inspiring countless modern artists.

In the Tracks of Alexandre Desplat (Get Groovy! Music Film)

Oscar-winning film score composer Alexandre Desplat has already scored over 100 films including THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, ISLE OF DOGS, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE DANISH GIRL, THE IMITATION GAME, HARRY POTTER: RELIC OF THE DEAD over the course of his illustrious career. Having already received numerous accolades, he won the grand slam of the Oscars, Golden Globes Awards and the British Academy Film Awards with his work on THE SHAPE OF WATER, proving that he is one of the most prolific musical composers in motion pictures and a master of the form. This documentary explores Alexandre Desplat through his work, showing him in his private studio and attending a recording session with a symphony orchestra, in addition to featuring interviews with a host of top directors including Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski and George Clooney, who testify to the composer’s ability to perfectly combine images and music.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Get Groovy! Music Film)

In the lengthy musical history of jazz, Miles Davis is undoubtedly one of its most brilliant and influential figures. With his spellbinding performances, this trumpet maestro revolutionized jazz and remained at its forefront for much of his life. This film features interviews with many of Davis’s former collaborators including Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock, as well as never-before-seen footage and rare glimpses of the musical genius at work in the studio. It offers an illuminating portrait of Davis’s eventful life.

Imagine: Remastered Version (Get Groovy! Music Film)

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

These words epitomize John Lennon’s lifelong pursuit of peace and love, whose vision of world harmony also led him to create such indelible classic as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. Among his works, “Imagine,” with its stirring melody and timeless lyrics, was cited by ROLLING STONE magazine as “the greatest musical gift to the world.” Using the power of rock and roll, Lennon expressed his faith in a utopian world that is free and without barriers.

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (ARTiculate: Films)

Vincent van Gogh had had a lifelong yearning for love, but yet his life and death were filled with loneliness. Throughout his life, he suffered from constant anxiety and discomfort as well as a relentless struggle with poverty and romantic failures, culminating in a rage-filled episode in which he cut off his own ear, followed by suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. He found solace only in art, and through painting he soothed his pain. Van Gogh immersed himself in rural life and nature, and consoled himself with the heavens and the earth, creating distinctive visions of night skies and wheat fields. He once wrote that “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

Vermeer and Music (ARTiculate: Film)

In the film Girl with a Pearl Earring, inspired by Vermeer’s famous painting, Scarlett Johansson perfectly captures the spirit of the title character with her dreamy expression, captivating eyes and luscious lips. Along with Rembrandt and van Gogh, Vermeer is seen as one of the three greatest Dutch masters. Meticulously rendering the play of light and shadows with soft and delicate tones, Vermeer’s masterpieces, such as The Milkmaid, Woman Reading a Letter and The Art of Painting are almost always set within confined domestic spaces, combining carefully arranged objects and human figures in superb compositions.

Renoir: Revered and Reviled (ARTiculate: Films)

This year is the centenary of the death of French Impressionist master Auguste Renoir. His depiction of the charming and romantic 19th century French middle-class life in such paintings as “Dance at Le moulin de la Galette” and “Luncheon of the Boating Party” still fascinate viewers to this day, while the “Dance series” from 1883 remains his most popular works.

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【Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS Films】

In collaboration with Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS, the film series showcases the many facets of the arts and extend the festival experience from the stages to K11 Art House! Tickets available now.

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS Films include:
  • - Dancing Beethoven
  • - The Story of Adele H.
  • - Queen + Béjart: Ballet for Life
  • - Impulso
  • - Persona
  • - After the Rehearsal
  • - Béjart Ballet Lausanne on tour in China

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