Udine 2008 Wrap Up!

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor

All good things must come to an end, unfortunately, and after a fantastic time at the Udine Far East Film Festival the lady-friend and I have made our way back home to Toronto. Let me say this: if you're at all a fan of Asian film then this is a trip you have to plan on making at some point. The theatre is fantastic, the hospitality stellar, the line up strong year after year and the film makers and talent are exceptionally accessible. Adrift In Tokyo director Miki Satoshi was the happiest man in the place and well nigh ubiquitous, appearing at screening after screening and party after party with a constant smile on his face. The lady-friend and I first came across Pang Ho-Cheung lying on the grass out front of the theatre catching some sun and ran into him continuously thereafter as he bounced from screening to screening. Filipino director Erik Matti and Indonesia's Joko Anwar battled it out for nicest man in the room - the lady-friend gave the edge to Anwar after he opened a few doors for her - and the whole experience was just stellar. Darcy Paquet of KoreanFilm.org fame, incidentally, could easily be our own Kurt Halfyard's long lost brother. They look alike, the mannerisms and speaking voices are the same ... it would be kind of creepy if they weren't such swell people ...

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