M+ Cinema, the centrepiece of M+’s Moving Image Centre, will open on June 8. Designed in harmony with the museum’s exhibitions and collections, the film programme features films, documentaries, experimental cinema, video art, restored classics, and newly discovered or rarely seen films.
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the cinema comprises three houses with 180 seats, 60 seats and 40 seats respectively. All are equipped with digital and analogue 16mm and 35mm projection facilities and a Dolby 7.1 sound system to ensure that films are screened as closely as possible to their original formats.
The opening films will be the 4K restored version of the 1990 drama Days of Being Wild by Wong Kar-wai, known for being Wong’s earliest film that shows his swooning signature style; and the 1998 film Xiao Wu by Jia Zhangke, the Chinese auteur’s first feature about a pickpocket in the People’s Republic of China. Both restored films will have their Hong Kong premieres at M+ Cinema this summer.