Udine 2008 Wrap Up!

Founder and Editor; Toronto, Canada (@AnarchistTodd)
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Udine 2008 Wrap Up!

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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BlakeApril 28, 2008 12:11 AM

That square is amazing! Glad you found it. Did you eat pizza at the place with the mustache lady?

I think one of the first things when coming back to Udine, when you got to a local movie theater, the movie theater itself suddenly feels incredibly tiny by comparison.

El DuderinoApril 28, 2008 12:49 AM

It was an amazing week (like every year) and a great, great pleasure to know finally Todd and his better half! I hope to make it to Toronto this year.


PS: Still surprised that Miki Satoshi doesn't drink!

Val2009April 28, 2008 2:21 AM

Ciao! Great time we had in Udine, and it was a great honour to give a face to mr.Twitch and his sweet lady, and spend time with them. I hope you enjoyed as I did, and beware, sooner or later we will manage to be in Toronto! ;)

Todd BrownApril 28, 2008 7:57 AM

Any time, Val, any time.

And no, Blake, my Udine experience was free of mustache ladies.

Mark SchillingMay 3, 2008 12:44 PM

Very glad you could come, very sorry I couldn't spend more time with you -- I had twice the usual number of Japanese guests to shephard around this year, from the delightful Mr. Miki to the hard-partying Hiroki Ryuichi, who hosted the nightly post-party in his hotel room until the crack of dawn. The whole experience this year, culminating with the madness of the Detroit7 set at the Closing Party, was the all-time peak in nine years of doing this -- and has wrecked me for at least a month. See you next year!

Todd BrownMay 3, 2008 7:45 PM

Hey Mark! I'll just have to find some excuse to head to Tokyo sometime soon ...