Sex and social satire in Fruit Chan's new film, which has its European premiere in Udine: a bold and powerful metaphor for the realities of HK.
Special guest of FEFF 21 is the film's protagonist Chloe Maayan, an actress who symbolises the new generation of young Chinese.
There are some bonds that just never break. One of them runs along an East-West axis and connects the Far East Film Festival with Hong Kong director Fruit Chan. It's a friendship built upon cinema: The Longest Summer was one of the titles featured in the line-up of the very first FEFF, in 1999. It's also a friendship built upon shared dreams: two years ago, the FEFF produced the 4K restoration of his anarchic, independent and (then) invisible cult movie Made in Hong Kong. And that's why presenting a Fruit Chan title is always an event.
After his 2014 gem The Midnight After, Fareasters now have the chance to admire Mister Chan's powerful new film: Three Husbands, presented at the Tokyo Film Festival and coming to Udine for its European premiere. A bold and disturbing low-budget movie that brings together sex and social satire and confirms the eternally rebellious and inspired vision of its director. A director who, as always, is a witty and attentive observer of the mood of a city represented here as an insatiable nymphomaniac (let's not forget that the film concludes the Trilogy of Prostitution which begin with 2000's Durian, Durian and 2001's Hollywood, Hong Kong) and a community in continual transformation.
The film's ambassador to the FEFF will be its extraordinary protagonist Chloe Maayan, the actress who has become a symbol of the new generation of young Chinese and who has already received rave reviews for her work in Summer Palace and Lost in Beijing, while the name of the director will also shine in the credits of Still Human as a producer “accompanying” one of the other most anticipated titles of this twenty-first edition.