The lineup for Wednesday 30 June

Trying to sum up the seventh day of the Far East Film Festival 23 is practically impossible: there's such an incredible range of genres, from comedy (Ok! Madam, Time) to horror (Death Knot, The Maid) to dramedy (Please Don't Save Me), and such an vast spread of countries, from South Korea to Indonesia to Hong Kong to Thailand. Without, of course, forgetting the Philippines and the FEFF 23 retrospective dedicated to unforgettable superstar Eddie Garcia (1971 cult movie At the Top kicks things off). Perhaps the best thing to do is to try and crystallize the lineup in one country (Japan) and two symbols - two symbols that, on the surface, might not sound like they have much in common: swans and sumo fighters.
Midnight Swan, Uchida Eiji's powerful and realistic melodrama (in Udine for its European preview) is certainly destined to leave its mark in the memories of those who see it. What happens when the parallel universes of two outsiders - introverted teenager Ichika and her transsexual aunt Nagisa - meet? What happens is that, through pain, love and dance, a deeply, agonisingly human journey takes shape... And the humanity of its protagonists, hardened fighters with sharp wits, is also the beating heart of Sumodo – The Successors of Samurai by Sakata Eiji. The unmissable first documentary to shed light on what has been one of Japan's most revered sports for over 1,500 years. Everything you ever wanted to know about sumo (but never dared ask)!
After the success of the 2020 edition, which took place entirely online, Focus Asia and Ties That Bind - the industry section of the Far East Film Festival - will be returning until the 2nd of July in both digital and in-the-flesh forms. With its All Genres Project Market and the Far East in Progress and Second Hand Market sections, Focus Asia is now one of the most eagerly anticipated international events for forging artistic and production bonds between Asia and Europe. Ties That Bind, on the other hand, is the main training workshop that unites professionals from the two continents and is organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, FEFF and Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), with the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA.


All the seventh day minute by minute!


Visionario

8.45
OK! MADAM
Directed by Lee Cheol-ha
(South Korea, 2020)

From 10.30 to 12.30
FEFF Talk Livestreaming
Today we'll be talking about the legendary Eddie Garcia, horror cinema and, once again, the young talents of Hong Kong.

11.00
TIME
Directed by Ricky Ko
(Hong Kong, 2021)

11.15
THE SPY GONE NORTH
Directed by Yoon Jong-bin
(South Korea, 2018)

13.30
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Directed by Hong Won Chan
(South Korea, 2020)

14.15
SUMODO - THE SUCCESSORS OF SAMURAI
Directed by Sakata Eiji
(Japan, 2020)

16.30
THE MAID
Directed by Lee Thongkham
(Thailand, 2020)

18.15
DEATH KNOT
Directed by Cornelio Sunny
(Indonesia, 2021)

18.45
PLEASE DON’T SAVE ME
Directed by Jung Yeon-kyung
(South Korea, 2020)

21.00
AT THE TOP
Directed by Ishmael Bernal
(Philippines, 1971)

Visionario Open-air Cinema

21.45
MIDNIGHT SWAN
Directed by Uchida Eiji
(Japan, 2020)

Cinema Centrale

16.30
TIME
Directed by Ricky Ko
(Hong Kong, 2021)

19.15
HOLD ME BACK 
Directed by Ohku Akiko
(Japan, 2020)

22.00
GATAO: THE LAST STRAY
Directed by Ray Jiang
(Taiwan, 2021)