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Far East Film 13 will present 87 films



In total, Far East Film 13 will present a record-breaking 87 films: one World Premiere, 15 International Premieres, 18 European Premieres and 14 Italian Premieres. A total of 50 of the latest films from the Far East will be in competition.

One World Premiere, 15 International Premieres, 18 European Premieres and 14 Italian Premieres. 12 countries - China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and, for the first time, Mongolia (with the black comedy Operation Tatar by Baatar BAT-ULZII) - will be represented by 87 films (chosen from a longlist of 450 movies), showing the audience what the Extreme Orient is capable of making: vivacious productions that break one box office record after another, creating styles, anticipating trends and enchanting European audiences and Festivals alike.



A unique journey through the universe of Asian cinema starting on 29th April with the screenings of 3 outstanding films.

Three truly explosive titles for the much anticipated Opening Night of the Far East Film Festival in Udine! On Friday 29th April at 20:00, the 13th edition kicks off with the European Premiere of Chinese black comedy Welcome to Shama Town by Li Weiran, the already cult 33-minute horror Night Fishing by Park Chan-wook and, saving the best for last, the International Premiere of The Lost Bladesman, which is co-directed by Hong Kong helmers Alan Mak and Felix Chong, who previously made the unforgettable Infernal Affairs saga.


There is an app to help keep you connected 24 hours a day with the universe of Far East Film, allowing you to create a personal diary of the screenings, panel discussions and events that will take place over the 9 days of the Festival. It's the FEFF app, created with MoBe of Udine, available for the iPhone from the iTunes Store.
And if you don't have an iPhone ...

Far East Film Festival 13
29th april > 7th may 2011
With 9 days of non-stop screenings of the 87 films in the programme (50 in competition, 22 for the Asia Laughs! retrospective and 15 for the focus on Pink Wink), there is an average of 10 films per day on the screens of Teatro Nuovo "Giovanni da Udine" (1,200 seats) and at the Visionario (Sala Astra, 300 seats).

Teatro Nuovo "Giovanni da Udine"
Morning screenings: € 2.50 per screening
Afternoon screenings (weekday): € 5.00 per screening (or € 8.00 for both screenings)
Afternoon screenings (weekend): € 7.00 per screening (or € 10.00 for both screenings)
Evening screenings: € 7.00 per screening (or € 10.00 for both screenings)
Midnight screenings: € 4.00
A daily pass at € 15.00, which gives access to all the screenings for the day of issue, will also be available.
Afternoon screenings: € 2.50 per movie
Evening reruns: € 5.00 per movie
Pink screenings: € 5.00, valid for all the screenings of the evening

Thursday 28th April
Visionario (Via Asquini, 33 Udine)
From 15.30

Friday 29th April
Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
From 11.00 to around 00.30 (or the time that the final screening of the day commences)

From 30 April to 7 May
From 8.45 to around 00.30 (or the time that the final screening of the day commences)

White Tiger. Costs € 50.00. Valid for 9 days and allows access to all screenings and panel discussions, subject to availability, without the need for reservation or ticket collection. The kit includes: badge, a FEFF for Japan bag and coupon which allows the holder to purchase the catalogue at the price of € 7.00.
Black Dragon. Requires a donation of € 120.00. Valid for 9 days and allows access to all screenings (with the seat of choice reserved under the name of the accreditation holder) and panel discussions. The kit includes: badge, a FEFF for Japan bag, the catalogue and the Asia Laughs! volume. The accredited will be able to vote for the winner of the Black Mulberry prize.
HOSPITALITY AND ACCREDITATION OFFICE. Where you can buy and pick up your accreditation, on the first floor of Teatro Nuovo. Opening hours: Friday 29 April, 14.00 - 22.00. From Saturday 30 April, 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 19.30 daily.


What makes Asia laugh? A retrospective curated by Roger Garcia will show the best of Asian comedy from the 20s to the present day.

From the 1922 silent short - the oldest existing Chinese film - to the James Bond parody from Malaysia of the 60s (alias Mat Bond!) via the adventures of the Hong Kong actor Michael Hui (Asia's answer to Jerry Lewis), who will be coming to Udine as the Festival's special guest, where he will receive the special Lifetime Achievement Golden Mulberry Award from Far East Film. Asia Laughs! will also pay special tribute to the popular Japanese director Segawa Masaharu, who created some of the best-loved characters of Japanese comedy in the 60s and the 70s. Asia Laughs! will also be published as a book, edited by Roger Garcia (Festival consultant and Director of the Hong Kong Film Festival). The book will be an addition to the collection of volumes published previously for cinema lovers and film experts alike. Gar cia's volume will explore different, comedic styles, directors, and productive strategies. The films will be screened at Teatro Nuovo in the morning and at the Visionario in the afternoon.


Hot nights at the Visionario with Japanese eroticism of Pink Eiga films!

To complete this look at the past, there will be a focus on Pink Eiga, curated by Roland Domenig, featuring erotic Japanese arthouse films, that will reestablish the genre which has been wrongly overlooked for so long. The programme of 16 titles will shed light on the legendary Japanese producer Asakura Daisuke (a woman operating under a man's name!) and Kokuei, the production company she created in 1956 with the aim of making educational films that went on to make low budget soft erotica in the 60s. From that moment on, the Japanese Pink films have confirmed both their box office power and their extraordinary creative freedom. Entire generations of perfectly respectable directors (such as Takita Yojiro, director of the Oscar-winning Departures) began their filmmaking careers at Kokuei, making softcore films against a backdrop of philosophical reflections. Amongst the key events of the focus is our screening at the Teatro Nuovo of the recent Underwater Love by Imaoka Shinji, a unique example of a musical Pink film (Sunday 1st May, midnight screening). Except for Underwater Love, all the Pink screenings will take place at the Visionario in the evening.


Join the fundraising effort for our Japanese brotheres in their time of need by purchasing the Far East Film bag at the bookshop in the Teatro Nuovo.

Far East Film will be supporting our Japanese brothers who have been affected by the terrible earthquake with the FEFF FOR JAPAN fundraising initiative. Illustrator and graphic artist Guido Scarabottolo has designed the logo for the fundraising campaign, which will be featured on the Festival bags. For those who want to make further donations, Far East Film has created the following link: All profits from the sales of the bags will be handed over to the Japanese Civic Force which is providing concrete assistance to the population of Northern Japan.
Also lending his support to the campaign is Alberto Zaccheroni, coach of the Japanese national football team and winner of the Asia Cup, who has recorded a message of support.


There's more than just cinema at the Far East Film Festival. The best DJ sets are coming soon to the Far East Village @ Parco del Cormor, the brand new covered venue.

After a day of screenings, there's nothing better than to relax with a bit of dancing! Making a return this year are the Far East Nights, which will be taking place just outside of the centre of Udine, at the Far East Village @ Parco del Cormor, a covered club where the combination of beats and metropolitan sounds will have you dancing through the night. Kicking off the events on Saturday 30th April will be a true master, Greg Wilson from London, a veteran of the dance scene. Following on from this, on Thursday 5 April, at the Visionario, will be Zhao, a Pekinese DJ who mixes the sounds from 5 different continents. On Friday 6 May, the Far East Village will play host to the Sri Lankan force of nature Mrs. Rea K, for whom Beware Communication has organised the supporting act DJ Agazzi & Bhard. Last but by no means least, a DJ who requires no introduction will be performing a set for the Closing Night of the Festival: Andy Butler, Hercules & Love Affair, whose hit single single Blind was recorded in collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons. This evening is organised in association with the record label Reddarmy. Supporting act, Electrosacher. But Far East Nights don't end here: to complete the list, there is also an event that will be taking place on Wednesday 4 May on Via Paolo Sarpi.

Far East Nights


Parties, martial arts, games, dance, Cosplay Contest, FEFF market and lots of music will invade Udine: the whole city will open their eyes to the Far East and will by animated, day after day, by a set of fringe events organised by the Far East Film Festival. Come and discover them with us!

The fringe events will begin on Thursday 28 April in Via Mercatovecchio with the FEFF Market, stocked with authentic Asian products alongside, for the first time this year, traditional Friulan produce. 20 stalls will be there until Sunday 1 May, offering the best selection of Asian objects and delicacies. Next, the Festa in Piazza will last 24 giddy hours on 29 April, filling the Piazza Libertà, Piazzetta del Lionello, Via Mercatovecchio and the gardens of Palazzo Morpurgo with martial arts, dragon dance, Chinese fortune telling, ikebana, the game of go, tea ceremony, eastern-inspired aperitivi, tasting sessions, live DJ and band sets, jazz from the Far East Orchestra and the lively Les Tambours de Topolò. But it doesn't finish here - on Saturday 30 April, there will be the Cosplay Contest, a crazy parade of costumes inspired by Asian pop culture, with Gothic Lolitas taking part for the first time this year.



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