Hong Kong, April, 25th, 2017 (SIGNIS). The SIGNIS Award at the 41st edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), went to Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow, directed by Mori Yoshitaka (Japan).
“For its vivid depiction of a contemporary ‘tragic hero’, who was bound by the ‘win-lose’ game, missing all beautiful things in life. The film reflects on the meaning of life - beyond materialistic gains, there is also love and passion.”
The Jury complimented the festival office, for their high quality of film selections with a wide spectrum of cultures and geographical representations, and decided to give a commendation to the film The Teacher directed by Jan Hrebejk (Slovakia/Czech Republic):
“For its portrait of a secondary school teacher's exploitation of the students and their parents. A realistic reflection of our society, the film makes us contemplate the ways of facing conflict and injustice under different political systems, so that we may live our lives with dignity.”
The SIGNIS Award has been introduced to HKIFF in 2004 and co-organized with SIGNIS HONG KONG. It is given to films for cinematic excellence in expressing social and humanitarian concerns, as well as spiritual and artistic values.
The Most Reverend Michael Yeung, Coadjutor Bishop of Hong Kong, presented the trophy during the awards gala on 23rd April 2017 with applause from more than 300 audiences in the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Members of the SIGNIS Jury were: Peter Malone (Australia), Francisco Lio (Macau) and Andy Tang (Hong Kong).