So, Italy’s Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine is paying homage to the late actor Eddie Garcia by showing eight Filipino films, featuring five titles in the Eddie Garcia Retrospective section. They’re playing from June 24 to July 2 in a hybrid form with both in-person and online showings.
In case you’re wondering, FEFF is the largest festival in Europe specializing in Asian Cinema and a contributor to the commercial distribution of Asian films across European and Italian markets. Last year, Xeph Suarez’s project, “Dancing the Tides” and Khavn Dela Cruz’s “Skeleton River” were featured in the FEFF Industry section.
For the 23rd edition of FEFF, the Competition section features the award-winning film “Fan Girl” directed by Antoinette Jadaone, which will have its international festival and online worldwide premiere, while multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan’s “Anak Ng Macho Dancer” will have its Italian and online worldwide premiere. “A is for Agustin,” the first feature-length documentary by Grace Simbulan, is under the Out of Competition section and will have its European and online worldwide premiere.
In honor of the late Filipino acting legend, FEFF will have the special tribute “Eddie Garcia: Life as a Film Epic” under the Retrospective section presenting four feature films and one short film. These films include Pagdating sa Dulo, Bwakaw, Rainbow’s Sunset, Sinasamba Kita, and the short film, Anino.
Since 2017, FEFF has shown 19 Filipino films, which includes Die Beautiful, Ang Larawan, and Miss Granny. The FEFF also shows films from South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, and Myanmar. To know more about the participating films in FEFF, check this out. It’d be a great opportunity to check out movies from all over the continent.
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