The last day of the Far East Film Festival 20 and the last journey to the pulsing pop heart of Asian cinema. And what a trip it’s going to be! If the Closing Night of Saturday the 28th of April will be focusing on two authentic masterpieces – the Indonesian Heart of Darkness of Night Bus by Emil Heradi and the wonderful and timeless Throw Down by Johnnie To (in a restored version by the FEFF together with Bologna’s L’Immagine Ritrovataand making its world premiere), the lineup will be dishing out gems all day right from the early morning.
Prime among which, of course, the eagerly-anticipated Chedeng and Apple by Rae Red and Fatrick Tabada, a debut film which is already destined to become a cult classic for its irreverent radicalising of the plot of Thelma & Louise. An irresistible black comedy that’s as surprising as it is entertaining and that doesn’t hold back on the over-the-top pulp and humour. Chedeng and her friend Apple are angry. Really angry. And they’re also really mean. Two 100% bad girls. Or rather, two 100% bad ladies – the most terrifying over-60s in the Philippines! It goes without saying that the film’s extraordinary protagonists (Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, and eternal diva Elisabeth Oropesa), together with its directors, will be taking the stage in Udine, as will Emil Heradi and the king of Hong Kong King, Johnnie To, a fraternal friend to the FEFF since its very first edition. An edition – way back in 1999 – that saw him triumph at the Audience Awards with his now legendary A Hero Never Dies!
Because at the Far East Film Festival, the best films are chosen by the public, and the winners – who will be announced around 00.30, after the screening of Throw Down – take home the FEFF’s Mulberries, the “popular Oscars” assigned to the films in the lineup which earn the most love and the most votes. There are 55 films competing this year (out of 81 titles in total), 21 of which are debut or second films. An authentic treasure chest, and a genuine incubator for the Asian filmmakers of the future, who’ve knocked themselves out to get to Udine, and who Udine has knocked itself out to bring on board! And so from this year on, there’s a new prize on offer: the White Mulberry for the best first or second film, awarded by Hong Kong producer Albert Lee, American producer Peter Loehr and Italian screenwriter Massimo Gaudioso (famed writer of director Matteo Garrone’s films). A little revolution that carries within it the seeds of something greater: all the seedlings that the festival has planted and watered and watched growfrom 1999 until today.
by KIM Hong-sun (South Korea, 2017)
An irresistible cop thriller!
In the spotlight from 10.00 to 10.30, Derek Chiu (No.1 Chung Ying Street) and Chapman To (The Empty Hands). Next, from 10.45 to 11.30, DING Sheng (A Better Tomorrow 2018) followed from 18.15 to 19.00 by the king in person: Johnnie TO.
by Bongkod BENCHARONGKUL (Thailand, 2018)
A female road movie with a vein of pitch-black humour.
THE LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT
by Chen KAIGE (China, 2017)
(With the Asian and Latin American Film Festival of Milan)
A refined and visually astounding fable with mystical overtones from director Chen Kaige, Palme d’Or winner for Farewell My Concubine.
by SHING Dong-seok (South Korea, 2018)
A heart-wrenching film that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.
CHEDENG AND APPLE
by Rae RED and Fatrick TABADA (Philippines, 2018)
At first glance, Chedeng and Apple have nothing in common, but both are trapped in their lives: devoted wife Chedeng can’t come out until her husband has died and, after the umpteenth quarrel with her husband, Apple kills him. With the man’s head inside a Louis Vuitton bag, the two friends set off – Thelma & Louise-style – in search of the sweetheart Chedeng abandoned as a young woman. A hugely enjoyable and over-the-top road movie and a paean to female freedom!
by Emil HERADI (Indonesia, 2017)
A cross-section of humanity finds itself aboard a night bus to Samper, a city at the centre of a civil war. There is a grandmother with her niece, a young couple on the run, an activist looking for his missing colleagues and many others besides. But the journey turns into a nightmare as they cross paths with the army, the guerrillas and the mercenaries and – as in Heart of Darkness – their journey through horror takes on metaphorical meaning full of shared human desperation…
by Johnnie TO (Hong Kong, 2004 – Restored version, 2018)
The world premiere of the restored version of one of the greatest films in Hong Kong cinema! Sze-to, an ex-judo champion who suffers from glaucoma, makes ends meet by managing a down-at-heel bar and drowns his sorrows in booze. His destiny intersects with that of Mona, an aspiring singer, and Tony, an exuberant young judoka, and the enthusiasm of the two gives Sze-to the confidence to get back in the ring against his boss. This ode to men beaten down by life and confined to its margins is
one of To’s masterpieces.
23.00 – Pavilion 9 of the Ente Fiera
The unmissable final party of FEFF 20 featuring a DJ set from PEI, the first lady of Chinese clubbing! Tickets on sale at the Teatro Nuovo bookshop.
CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL 20
Announcement and presentation of the Audience Awards 2018!
by HIROKI Ryuichi (Japan, 2017)
by ITAMI Juzo (Japan, 1985)
by SHIGENO Koki (Japan, 2017)
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA
by Stephen NOMURA SCHIBLE (USA/Japan, 2017)