The screening of films by Canada’s young prodigy director Xavier Dolan in May, and a Filmmaker-in-Residence with Hong Kong’s Cheung King-Wai in June are some of the highlights ahead at Cinematheque — Passion, CUT Ltd.’s COO Rita Wong tells mART.

By Sofia Jesus

Canada’s Xavier Dolan will be the first Director-in-Focus at Macau’s Cinemathéque — Passion, with seven of his films being screened there next month, Rita Wong tells mART.

Ms Wong is in charge of the overall operations at CUT Ltd, the company which is managing the cinemathéque since the beginning of this year. The venue opened this month as a regular independent cinema house.

“So far we saw some new faces and people who are not usual goers for art films; we are pleased with this, but we will move on with more strength and dimensions as there are going to be more exciting films soon,” Ms Wong tells mART, speaking about these first weeks after the opening of the cinemathéque.

The main highlight for May is the screening of films by young acclaimed director Xavier Dolan, the first filmmaker to be featured under the cinemathéque’s regular Director-in-Focus series. Born in 1989, he is the author of films like I killed my mother (2009) — which premiered at the Director’s Fortnight program of the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, receiving three awards — or Mommy (2014), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and shared the Jury Prize with French director Jean-Luc Goddard, Cinemathéque — Passion notes.

According to the cinemathéque, two of the films by the awarded filmmaker to be screened in May “are related with the relationship between mother and son,” while “camaraderie, love and affection” are always themes addressed in Xavier Dolan’s productions.

May’s detailed programme will be revealed only later on but Ms Wong promises exciting days: “After a bittersweet romantic April, we will have a bold and shocking May.”

In June, there will be a Filmmaker-in-Residence programme. “We have invited director Cheung King-Wai from Hong Kong, who has won the Best Documentary Film at Golden Horse Film Festival with his film KJ,” Ms Wong tells mART. “He will bring his works for public screenings and sharing, [he will be giving] workshops for Macau filmmakers and one-on-one film proposals consultancy for university students,” she explained.