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Udine FEFF23 unveils packed programme for online and in-cinema audiences

The upcoming FEFF will take place at Udine and online from 24 June to 2 July…

Far East Film Festival 23 returns with its theme, Moving Forward which means getting back on its feet, free from the period of darkness to walking into the light of dawn. The programme consists of 63 titles from 11 countries and region – 6 world premieres, 11 international premieres, 22 European premieres and 21 Italian premieres. The digital experience of 2020 joins the highly anticipate return of in-person events in Udine, taking place from 24 June to 2 July.

The opening film will be Zhang Yi-mou’s latest film, Cliff Walkers, a spy thriller about the heroes of the Revolution which manages to avoid political propaganda to win over the public with its mounting tension and breakneck pace.

‘Trying to Win’ programme depicts the individuals and collective world of everyday life. The films include Blue, Madalena, Midnight Swan, and The Eight Hundred.

The special section, ‘Hong Kong New Talents’ showcases eight titles that focus on their culture, language and stories.  One of the films to look out for is Hand Roll Cigarette, a detective drama that embodies the soul of the new generation.

‘Eddie Garcia: Life as a Cinematic’ dedicates a tribute to him, a prolific actor-director in the Filipino film industry. This programme showcases four feature films and one short film – At the Top, Bwakaw, Rainbow Sunset, Shadows and Sinasamba Kita.

‘Power and Secrets: The Cinematic World of Yoon Jong-bin’ pays a homage to him, looking into the work of his grand auteur of contemporary cinema by showcasing four titles, including The Spy Gone North.

Coffin Homes, directed by Fruit Chan, is a must-see film to watch. It is a mosaic of stories and characters revolving around Hong Kong’s frenzied and pitiless real estate market.

Exciting stuff about comic strips are back with two conversations on the Japanese imagination with Dario Moccia (streamer and author of Big in Japan) and Igort (manga writer and artist). The bookshop will be offering a wide range of selected Asian graphic novels. These events will provide an opportunity to announce next year’s tribute to master Shigeru Mizukion the centenary of his birth.

Collect the new Web Snake pass to watch streaming screenings for the entire duration of the online festival. 32 films are available throughout Italy. 23 selected films are screened worldwide, 6 in Europe and 3 only offline.

Check out the full programme below.

COMPETITION SECTION [45]

CHINA [7]

The Eight Hundred (800 Eroi), GUAN Hu, heroic war-epic blockbuster, China 2020, European Festival Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Anima, CAO Jinling, Mother Nature rules!, China 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Back to the Wharf, LI Xiaofeng, modern noir, China 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Before Next Spring, LI Gen, Chinese students lost in Tokyo, China 2021, World Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY [GALA]

Cliff Walkers, ZHANG Yimou, a great spy action story, China 2021, International Festival Premiere – OFFLINE ONLY [OPENING FILM]

Endgame, RAO Xiaozhi, offbeat black crime comedy, China 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Like Father and Son, BAI Zhiqiang, tear-jerking road-movie, China 2020, International Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT CHN, HK, TW, MAC)

HONG KONG [11 +1]

Coffin Homes, Fruit CHAN, handmade horror, HK 2021, World Premiere – OFFLINE ONLY

Limbo, Soi CHEANG, super- fierce thriller, HK 2021, Italian Premiere – ONLINE EUROPE ONLY

Shock Wave 2, Herman YAU, bomb-ridden spectacle , HK 2020, International Festival Premiere – ONLINE EUROPE (EXCEPT ESP, AND) [GALA] [OPENING ONLINE FILM]

The Way We Keep Dancing, Adam WONG, hip-hop hit, HK 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT CHN]

Hong Kong New Talents

Drifting, Jun LI, homeless in the city, HK 2021, Italian Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT CHN, HK)

Hand Rolled Cigarette, CHAN Kin-long, elegant crime, HK 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE EUROPE ONLY

JUST 1 DAY, Erica LI, nostalgic romance, HK 2021, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY [GALA]

One Second Champion, CHIU Sin-hang, boxing, action – fantasy, HK 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT CHN)

Sugar Street Studio, Sunny LAU, film industry horror, HK 2021, International Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

Time, Ricky KO, assassins in golden years, HK 2021, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Zero to Hero, Jimmy WAN, Paralympic hero biopic, HK 2021, World Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

MACAU [1]

Madalena, Emily CHAN, metropolitan love story, Macao 2021, World Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY [GALA]

INDONESIA [1]

Death Knot, Cornelio SUNNY, horror from the past, Indonesia 2021, World Premiere – ONLINE EUROPE ONLY

JAPAN [10]

Blue, YOSHIDA Keisuke, “never give up” boxing story, Japan 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE EUROPE (EXCEPT ESP, AND)

The Goldfish: Dreaming of the Sea, OGAWA Sara, hand-in-hand youth drama, Japan 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Hold Me Back, OHKU Akiko, a voice in my head and a quirky trip to Rome, Japan 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Ito, YOKOHAMA Satoko, play shamisen and be happy, Japan 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE EUROPE ONLY

Last of the Wolves, SHIRAISHI Kazuya, dazzling extreme gangster movie, Japan 2021, International Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Midnight Swan, UCHIDA Eiji, ballet and burlesque transgender melodrama, Japan 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

jigoku-no-hanazono OFFICE ROYALE, SEKI Kazuaki, violent femmes and mega punches, Japan 2021, International Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY [GALA]

Underdog, part 1 & part 2, TAKE Masaharu, Japan’s answer to Raging Bull, Japan 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke, three love rendevoous, Japan 2021, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY [GALA]

You’re Not Normal, Either!, MAEDA Koji, please teach me how to flirt, Japan 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

MALAYSIA [1]

Hail, Driver! Muzzamer RAHMAN, lonely souls in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2021, European Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

MYANMAR [1]

Money Has Four Legs, Maung SUN, cinephile dramedy, Myanmar 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT FRA, CH, MMR, US, CAN, AU)

THE PHILIPPINES [2]

Fan Girl, Antoinette JADAONE, a fan’s passion turns into a nightmare, The Philippines 2020 – Italian Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

Son of the Macho Dancer, Joel LAMANGAN, cruel gay coming of age, The Philippines 2021 – International Festival Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

SOUTH KOREA [6]

Deliver Us from Evil, HONG Won Chan, action rollercoaster from Japan to Thailand, South Korea 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Night of the Undead, SHIN Jung-won, sexually-supergifted-E.T., South Korea 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

OK! Madam, LEE Cheol-ha, secret agents! north koreans! the strangest airflight ever! South Korea 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Please Don’t Save Me, JUNG Yeon-kyung, coming of age drama, South Korea 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Seobok, LEE Yong Zoo, secret experiments, and an escaped clone, South Korea 2021, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Voice of Silence, HONG Eui-jeong, the odd couple, the little girl and the gangsters, South Korea 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY [GALA]

TAIWAN [4]

Dear Tenant, CHENG Yu-chieh, an offbeat take on gay life, Taiwan 2020, European Festival Premiere – ONLINE EUROPE ONLY (EXCEPT UK]

Gatao: The Last Stray, Ray JIANG, Taiwan Goodfellas and the girl, Taiwan 2021, International Festival Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Man in Love, YIN Chen-hao, I’ll love you whatever it takes…, Taiwan 2021, International Festival Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY [GALA]

My Missing Valentine, CHEN Yu-hsun, something is lost…a fantastic love story, Taiwan 2020, European Festival Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

THAILAND [2]

The Con-Heartist, Mez THARATORN, handbook for fooling your neighbor, Thailand 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

The Maid, Lee THONGKHAM, blood, secrets, vengeful ghosts, Thailand 2020, International Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Out of Competition [17]

DOCUMENTARIES [6]

A Is for Agustin, Grace SIMBULAN, the struggle to study, The Philippines 2019, European Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

Assassins, Ryan WHITE, a North Korean mystery, US 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Keep Rolling, MAN Lim-chung, Ann Hui and her world, HK 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT CHN]

Life in 24 Frames a Second, SAW Tiong Guan, 4 great Asian directors speak, Malaysia 2021, World Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

SUMODO ~ The Successors of Samurai ~, SAKATA Eiji, all about sumo, Japan 2020, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Tough Out, XU Hui-jing, the rise of a baseball hero, China 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

RESTORED CLASSICS [2]

Execution in Autumn, LEE Hsing, sentenced to death! ethical drama, Taiwan 1972/restored 2020, European Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE (EXCEPT CHN, HK, MAC)

Suddenly in Dark Night, GO Yeong-nam, a sensual classic horror tale, South Korea 1981/restored 2017, International Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

Special Tributes EDDIE GARCIA: LIFE AS A FILM EPIC [5]

At the Top, Ishmael BERNAL, the (under)world of cinema, The Philippines 1971, Italian Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

Bwakaw, Jun Robles LANA, the secret of a grumpy gentleman, The Philippines 2012, Italian Premiere – ONLINE WORLDWIDE

Rainbow’s Sunset, Joel LAMANGAN, shadows of a gay love, The Philippines 2012, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ONLY WORLDWIDE

Shadows (short), Raymond RED, a photographer in Manila, The Philippines 2000, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ONLY WORLDWIDE

Sinasamba Kita, Eddie GARCIA, witty banter in melodrama style, The Philippines 1982, Italian Premiere – ONLINE ONLY

POWER AND SECRETS: THE CINEMATIC WORLD OF YOON JONG-BIN [4]

Beastie Boys, YOON Jong-bin, clubs, women and modern lifestyle in Seoul, South Korea 2008 – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Kundo: Age of the Rampant, YOON Jong-bin, spectacular period action, South Korea 2014 – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, YOON Jong-bin, gangsters and grifters in Busan, South Korea 2012 – ONLINE ITALY ONLY

The Spy Gone North, YOON Jong-bin, stranger-than-fiction true spy thriller, South Korea 2018, Italian Premiere – OFFLINE ONLY

Find out more details about FEFF and screening schedule on their official website here.

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Wai Lu Yin
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