Learn first-hand from our directors-in-attendance and guest filmmakers as they share their experiences and insights on their career beginnings and love for film.


8 DEC, SAT / 11:00AM – 12:00PM / 60 MIN

Described as the ‘one-man third wave of Mexican cinema’, filmmaker Carlos Reygadas is a leading voice in contemporary Mexican cinema. Known for his critically acclaimed works Japón, Silent Light and Battle in Heaven, his films channel the sensations, dreams and spiritual journeys of his characters, evoking such themes as love, suffering, death and the meaning of life. Discover Reygadas’s cinematic influences, aesthetic theories and hopes for the future of Mexican cinema.

Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas’s films take a deep dive into expressionistic neo-realism. Reygadas made four short films in Belgium before filming the feature Japón (2002), which received a Special Mention for the Caméra d’Or prize at Cannes Film Festival. Reygadas’s success at Cannes has continued throughout his career, as he premiered Battle in Heaven (2005) in competition, won the Jury Prize for Silent Light (2007) and won Best Director for Post Tenebras Lux (2012).


8 DEC, SAT / 4:30PM – 5:30PM / 60 MIN

A key figure of the Hong Kong New Wave, Stanley Kwan is a leading light of Hong Kong cinema. His directorial debut, Women, along with later works such as Rouge and Actress, are celebrated by critics and cinephiles alike. Kwan’s complex storytelling explores contemporary sentiments of identity and history with nuanced depictions of sexuality. In this masterclass, we find out what keeps Kwan going in his artistic pursuits, how he continues to reinvent his directing style and how he imparts knowledge to the younger generation.

Stanley Kwan began his career at TVB. Rouge (1987), his third film, won him a substantial international audience. After that, Actress (1991) won the Best Actress prize at the Berlin International Film Festival for Maggie Cheung, and Hold You Tight (1997) won both the Alfred Bauer Prize for innovation and the Teddy Award for best LGBT feature, again in Berlin. In 2001, he was awarded Best Director at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards for Lanyu. Directing as well as producing, he is now one of the most prominent players within the Hong Kong film industry.


9 DEC, SUN / 11:00AM – 12:00PM / 60 MIN

Rithy Panh is one of the most internationally acclaimed Cambodian filmmakers of today. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocides in the 1970s, Panh went on to create a unique body of work. He deals with modern Cambodia and the traumatic legacy of the Khmer Rouge regime through films such as Rice People in 1994, the harrowing S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine in 2003 and The Missing Picture (winner of Cannes’s Un Certain Regard prize and Cambodia’s first film to be nominated for an Academy Award) in 2013. Get up close and personal with the prolific filmmaker as he shares how he perceives his own work, and the thought processes that anchor his cinema.

Rithy Panh graduated from the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in France. His earliest documentary, Site II, about a family of Cambodian refugees on the Thai-Cambodian border in the 1980s, cemented his personal approach to filmmaking. With The Missing Picture in 2013, he became the first Cambodian to win the Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize and to be nominated for an Academy Award. He has made more than 20 films since, including documentaries and fiction works. Beyond his filmmaking efforts, Panh co-founded the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in 2006 to preserve Cambodia’s audiovisual heritage and train young Cambodian filmmakers, archivists and technicians.