Saving a film from the destructive action of time. Saving it literally, frame by frame, sound by sound, until it's restored to a new light and a new life. To a new perfection. Could there be anything more exciting and precious for lovers of movies? Of course not. And that's why the Far East Film Festival 23
has decided to give Bologna's L'Immagine Ritrovata
, a highly specialized laboratory in the field of film restoration, the 2021 Golden Mulberry Award for Lifetime Achievement
The destinies of the FEFF
and L'Immagine Ritrovata
, whose work developed under the aegis of the Bologna Cinematheque Foundation, crossed in Asia thanks to Davide Pozzi
and Gianluca Farinelli
taking the daring risk to try and put down roots in the heart of the "Far East". A gamble that, by giving birth to L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia
, has allowed the FEFF to restore many masterpieces to their original beauty (or, as in the case of Fruit Chan's cult movie Made in Hong Kong
, to stop them from disappearing forever).
Just think for example of the six Wong Kar Wai
masterpieces that Friuli's Tucker Film is successfully distributing in Italian cinemas (the retrospective is called A Question of Style
and sees In the Mood For Love, Hong Kong Express, Happy Together, Fallen Angels, Days of Being Wild and As Tears Go By
shine like new). Or think about magical duo Andrew Lau and Alan Mak and the Infernal Affairs
trilogy: the restoration of the first legendary chapter (which, in case it's slipped your mind, Martin Scorsese remade as The Departed) will be officially closing the Far East Film Festival 23 on Friday the 2nd of July.
The International Festival Premiere will be preceded by the ceremony where the Golden Mulberry will be awarded. An award to those who believe in the cultural dialogue between East and West and carry it forward with tenacity and love.