Dreaming of an Asian Italy

Image courtesy of Far East Film FestivalOf all the film festivals I’d like to attend, the Far East Film Festival tops my list.

Held in Udine, Italy, beginning on Friday, April 22, Asian films screen from 9:30 in the morning until well past midnight for seven days of total bliss.

What’s more, admission is charged only for the two evening screenings — everything else is free!

I invite you to visit the site and drool at the list of films. Beyond recent offerings from the region, there’s a special section this year on “Nikkatsu Action,” films from the 60s and 70s, and many filmmakers and industry guests are scheduled to attend.

At the site, click “Program” to read overviews of ‘the year in film’ for each of the represented countries.

Click “Schedule” and the film title to read the informative program notes, which were written by a veritable who’s who of Asian cinema writers, including Mark Schilling, Darcy Paquet, Shelly Kraicer, and Tim Youngs.

If you’re like me, maybe you’ll start putting your pennies aside and dreaming of an Italian spring next year.

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