A Hong Kong film was bestowed with the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film, a parallel LGBTQ award at the recently concluded Berlin Film Festival. All Shall Be Well, written and directed by Ray Yeung, premiered at the festival February 16, and placed third in the Panorama Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

The film tells the story of Angie (Patra Au Ga Man), whose life changes dramatically when her long-term partner Pat (Maggie Li Lin Lin) passes away. Angie, who is in her 60s, comes to blows with Pat’s family over the question of who will inherit the flat that the couple shared. The movie will also be screened in six international markets: Spain, Belgium, Israel, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

All Shall Be Well deals with the limitations of Hong Kong’s laws when it comes to homosexual unions, as the territory does not recognise same-sex marriage. This is not the first time Yeung’s work has touched upon LGBTQ subjects. His previous film Suk Suk was about two secretly homosexual married men in their twilight years.

The 2024 Berlin Film Festival, which concluded on February 25, saw French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s Dahomey win the prestigious Golden Bear award. A Traveler’s Needs by Hong Sang-soo was awarded the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, the filmmaker’s fourth such award since 2020. Sebastian Stan and Emma Watson took home the top acting honours for their respective roles in A Different Man and Small Things Like These.

Header image credits: Ray Leung via instagram

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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