• Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

  • UK/Italy/USA, 1966, 111 minsmins, DCP

  • Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin

Antonioni in English, bringing a Palme d’Or at Cannes and box office success – in part because of its challenges to Hollywood’s censorship of sex. Starting from a story by Argentine author Julio Cortázar, Antonioni follows trendy London fashion photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) as he grows uneasy in his swinging world of beauty, drugs and parties. A chance photograph and encounter with a woman brings him into a world of mysteries, lies and even murder… or are these all illusions? The legendary pantomime tennis match provides the ideal finale and challenges us with shifting layers of vision, music and meaning.

1967 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or

Further Readings:
Blow-up, From Defining Modernity: Michelangelo Antonioni (Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, 2009)


In-theatre Screening

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    Full House2018-02-10 (Sat)


1. Screenings at Emperor Cinemas iSQUARE, Emperor Cinemas Times Square and PREMIERE Elements : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

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