83 films from 12 countries and regions in Asia has been chosen for the festival out of over a thousand films.
Japanese disaster road movie Survival Family by Yaguchi Shinobu will open the 19th edition of the Far East Film Festival held in Udine, Italy from April 21 to 29, while the Herman Yau-directed Andy Lau starrer Shock Wave will close the festival.
83 films from 12 countries and regions in Asia has been chosen for the festival out of over a thousand films. This year’s selection marks the first time a film from Laos has participated in the festival, as Mattie Do’s psycho-thriller Dearest Sister, a co-production between Laos, France, and Estonia, will be screened.
Films from Japan and South Korea dominate, each with 13 features in the lineup, including Ogigami Naoko’s transgender family drama Close–Knit, Nishitani Hiroshi’s romance Hirugao – Love Affairs in the Afternoon, and Uchida Eiji’s youth drama Love and Other Cults from Japan. From South Korea, the highlights include Hur Jin-ho’s period melodrama The Last Princess, Park Kwang-hyun’s videogame thriller Fabricated City, and Kim Tae-yun’s legal drama New Trial.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, the festival will dedicate a special out-of-competition 10-film sidebar titled “Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017,” with the recently restored version of Fruit Chan’s 1997 cult hit Made in Hong Kong headlining. Hong Kong classics such as Alan Mak and Andrew Lau’s Infernal Affairs, Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, and Pang Ho-cheung’s Love in a Puff will also be showcased. The international premiere of Pang’s latest, Love Off the Cuff, the third installment of the writer-director’s Love series, will be presented at the competition section of the festival.
The festival will also present the Golden Mulberry for Lifetime Achievement Award to Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, whose I Am Not Madame Bovary will be shown, and multi-hyphenate Eric Tsang, whose performance in festival selection Mad World has recently won him the best supporting actor at the Hong Kong Film Award.
Following the success of the industry section Focus Asia last year, the coming together of the filmmakers in Europe and Asia will be in the form of a genre film project market this year, with thirteen projects participating.