Studio 2

Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 19:00 – 21:30 | Q&A

Center Stage

Hong Kong Film Gala Presentation • Hong Kong SAR • 02h 30m | Q&A 21:35 – 21:55

-With Director Stanley Kwan Q&A-

“Center Stage” is set during China’s silent movie era and revolves around the life of the legendary life of a gifted actress, Ruan Ling-yu. With her sensitive portrayal, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk took her story abroad and won the best actress award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.
In the spring of 1935, silent movie star Ruan Ling-yu took her own life, shocking the world.
Her funeral was attended by hundreds of thousands of mourning fans. Ruan entered the film world at the age of 16. In the short span of 9 years, she made 29 silent movies and became the idol of tens of thousands. As she rose to fame, she also rose to infamy with scandals over her private life. Her death at such an early age has given rise to much debate: did she kill herself because of her career? Or for love? In her farewell note, Ruan wrote four words–“criticism should be feared– and gave her final condemnation on the merciless public.

Director’s Profile

Stanley KWAN

Stanley Kwan is a Hong Kong film director and producer. His works include Rouge, Center Stage, Lan Yu and Everlasting Regret. He has won Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Rouge, Best Director at the Golden Horse Awards for Lan Yu. For Center Stage, he won Best Director at the Chicago International Film Festival and Maggie Cheung won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival.