This event is part of the framework of the Consulate for the year, to enhance the relationship between Israel and Hong Kong and to share knowledge of Israel's unique industry.
As Ambassador Amikam Levy, the Consul General, said in the opening remarks, "We believe that screening of Israeli movies is another way to expose our culture, abilities and beauty of our country. Art is not something you dream of. It is something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away."
Israel and Hong Kong have already established a closer bond through signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on cultural exchanges in 2010 and through various cultural co-operations.
Guest of honour Mrs Avia Lai, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs; Mrs Regina Ip, member of the Executive Council; Mr Lai Tung Kwok, Secretary for Security; Mr David Sun, Director of Audit were among the honoured guests from the Hong Kong SAR Government. Other guests included leaders of the Jewish community and local cultural organisations, as well as diplomats and friends of the consulate.
The film “My lovely sister” is a charming and beautifully acted film about the love and hate between two sisters, based on a Moroccan Jewish folk tale. The film is a celebration of sisterhood at its very heart. In reality, the two actresses have won both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress of the Award of the Israeli Film Academy (the Israeli Oscars) in 2011.
In the past decade, Israeli films have received prizes and nominations of the most prestigious film awards around the world. It is an indication to the renaissance of Israeli cinema, in terms of the emergence of a new generation of talented filmmakers and the radical advance of funding, both public and foreign funds that brought millions of dollars into the industry.