School LifeThe Life CoachThe Teacher (Les Grands Esprits)The Freshmen (Première année)An EducationThe Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe History Boys

School Life

2 August 2019 (Friday) 5:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with Ivy Yip, Headmistress of Man Kiu Association Primary School

14 August 2019 (Wednesday) 8:00pm

Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane|2016|99 mins|English with English subtitles
Category: I

A documentary about the lives of students and teachers at the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland, School Life embraces tradition and modernity. For teacher John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For his wife Amanda, books are the key to connecting with children, and she uses all means to engage them. For nearly half a century the couple have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: retirement. What will keep them young if they leave?


The Life Coach

2 August 2019 (Friday) 8:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with co-curator Edward Lam

5 August 2019 (Monday) 5:00pm

Tsui Yung-hui|2010|90 mins|Mandarin with Chinese subtitles
Category: I

The acclaimed debut work of Taiwanese director Heather Tsui, The Life Coach is a documentary tribute to a teacher who supported and inspired the filmmaker during her studies. Over 30 years, professor Hsiehjin impacted the lives of his students at Fu Jen University, Taipei. Transforming his Chinese language and literature class into a life education course, he engaged and challenged his young undergraduates in a way that forced them to open their minds, and to reflect on the meaning of their lives, their identity and their sense of belonging in the world.


The Teacher (Les Grands Esprits)

5 August 2019 (Monday) 8:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with Dr Chan Siu-cheuk, Headmaster of Christian Zheng Sheng College

7 August 2019 (Wednesday) 5:00pm

Olivier Ayache-Vidal|2017|106 mins|French with English subtitles
Category: IIB (Not suitable for young persons and children)

François, a teacher at the most prestigious high school in the country, enjoys the life he’s always known in the intellectual and bourgeois society of Paris. When circumstances lead him to accept a job at a school in an underprivileged suburb, he finds himself confronted with his own limits and forced to reassess his values and certainties.


The Freshmen (Première année)

7 August 2019 (Wednesday) 8:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with Sabrina Wong and Hugo Leung, HKU MBBS Year 6 and Year 2 students

16 August 2019 (Friday) 8:00pm

Thomas Lilti|2018|92 mins|French with English subtitles
Category: IIA (Not suitable for children)

Antoine is about to restart his first year of medical school for the third time. Benjamin, just out of high school and about to make his first try, soon realises it’s not exactly a walk in the park. In a fiercely competitive environment, with nights dedicated to hard studying rather than hard partying, the two freshmen adapt to find a middle ground between despair about the present and hope for the future.


An Education

9 August 2019 (Friday) 5:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with cross-media creator Kearen Pang

12 August 2019 (Monday) 8:00pm

Lone Scherfig|2009|100 mins|English with English subtitles
Category: IIA (Not suitable for children)

In the post-war, pre-Beatles London suburbs, a bright schoolgirl finds her perfect life disrupted by a chance encounter with an older man. Draw into the glamorous world of adults, she becomes torn between her dreams of studying for a place at Oxford and the more exciting alternative offered by her charismatic lover.


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

9 August 2019 (Friday) 8:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with theatre practitioner Wong Wing-sze

14 August 2019 (Wednesday) 5:00pm

Ronald Neame|1969|116 mins|English with English subtitles
Category: IIB (Not suitable for young persons and children)

Set in Scotland, in an exclusive school for girls in the era between two world wars, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie follows the downfall of a colourful, eccentric teacher who wants to inspire her pupils, not just teach them. When the authorities are upset by her efforts to win her students’ hearts and shape them in her own image, a senseless tragedy follows.


The History Boys

12 August 2019 (Monday) 5:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with actor Gregory Wong

16 August 2019 (Friday) 5:00pm

Nicholas Hytner|2006|116 mins|English with Chinese and English subtitles
Category: IIB (Not suitable for young persons and children)

The story of an unruly bunch of sharp, talented but rough-edged British schoolboys whose worlds are changed forever when two teachers with opposing viewpoints on education engage in a battle to get them into Oxford and Cambridge.