M+ Cinema will open in June with international films at the M+ Museum

“M+ Cinema will be established as the new cinema destination in Hong Kong and help cultivate a richer film culture in the city and beyond.”

It’s been a long time coming. Six months after the museum’s initial opening and a tough pandemic ride later, M+ is finally bringing its M+ cinema to the public on June 8.

M+ Cinema joins the M+ Moving Image Center as an integral part of the museum with three halls of 180 seats, 60 seats and 40 seats. Among the trio of houses, M+ will showcase moving image works including feature films, documentaries, experimental cinema, video art, restored classics, as well as recently discovered or rarely seen films.

Unlike other arthouse theaters in the city, the works at M+ Cinema are housed in the museum’s original frames and resonate with the themes featured in the exhibits on display. Transversal by nature, M+ Cinema’s programs respond to the crucial issues of our time, ultimately helping to establish links between artistic practices and the talents that underlie them.

M+ cinema entrance (Photo: Lok Cheng)

Along with the museum’s other spaces, including the M+ façade, the Grand Escalier and the Mediatheque, the new theater adds to the viewing diversity at M+, connecting the public to moving stories from different parts of the world.

“As a museum of visual culture, the moving image is one of the three key disciplines that M+ collects, exhibits and interprets. M+ Cinema will be established as the new cinema destination in Hong Kong and will help cultivate a richer film culture in the city and beyond, celebrating all facets of the moving image for moviegoers and new audiences alike,” said Suhanya Raffel, museum director at M+. “I am very happy to share that with the opening of the M+ cinema, the museum can now provide a more comprehensive visual culture experience for our visitors.”

House 1 at M+ Cinema (Photo: Lok Cheng)

To provide audiences with the best viewing experience, the new movie theaters are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and design features. Visitors will be able to sink into seats by Italian furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau in distinct purple, green and blue fabrics by Danish design firm Kvadrat, while enjoying digital and analogue 16mm and 35mm projection installations and a Dolby 7.1 sound system.

M+ Cinema: A new look at Hong Kong and the international avant-gardes

The inaugural edition of M+ Cinema includes more than 70 works and nearly 100 screenings from Hong Kong and around the world. From restored classics to art documentaries, here are some highlights on offer:

Hong Kong: the establishment coup

Soi Cheang, “Accident”, part of Hong Kong: The Establishing Shot

Paying homage to the city’s illustrious cinematic heritage and iconic cityscape, this program is a direct response to the M+ exhibition ‘Hong Kong: Here and Beyond’ in the Main Lobby Gallery. Scheduled to be launched on June 10, it revolves around three themes: vanishing landscapes and collective memory; daily stories from various communities; and an in-depth study of the action movie genre.

Image execution

Shen Xin, “Strongholds”, part of Performing the Image

In a rather ‘meta’ twist on things, six screening programs examine how social activation and moving image practice are intrinsically linked and how the medium has evolved in response to broader societal issues. Emerging filmmakers Shen Xin, Simon Liu and Wong Ping take audiences through the history of international video art in this program, which opens July 8.

Creators and manufacturing

Free Stone Productions, “The past is always new, the future is always nostalgic: photographer Daido Moriyama”, part of Makers and Making

The recurring series Makers and Making is a compilation of documentaries on visual arts, design, architecture, film and performance. Launching every Wednesday evening, with the first documentary debuting June 15, each episode focuses on one of the most well-known creators of our time and the processes behind their works. The first three films, for example, center on Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, Finnish architects Alvar and Aino Aalto, and American film critic Pauline Kael.

Tickets will go on sale from May 20. For M+ Patrons, Affiliates and Members, there will be a discounted Member Priority Booking period from May 17 to May 19. For more information on M+ Cinema schedules and ticketing, visit the M+ website here.

M+, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

Darcy J. Skinner