The French Connection

  • Dir: William Friedkin

  • USA, 1971, 104min, DCP

  • Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

The greatest chase scene alone is sufficient in making this thriller a timeless classic, yet its electrifying achievement is much more than its striking action sequences. The exhilarating performance from Oscar Best Actor Gene Hackman compels audience to identify with a vicious, bigoted New York cop, whose obsession and actions in capturing the drug smugglers subvert ethical resolution. Drawing its momentum from hard-edged realism and pseudo-documentary aesthetic, William Friedkin mixes “gritty authenticity” with movement, violence and suspense in a complicated plot that is at once physically stimulating and psychologically frightening. Sweeping five Oscars, The French Connection has set a style that becomes a staple of neo-noir and the crime thriller genre.

1972 Academy Awards, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing

10.6.2018 (SUN): Post-screening talk with Bryan Chang

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

6. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.