The sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival (TFEFF) will be held in two central London venues over ten days from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June, showing 23 films including International and European premieres.
The festival is one of the UK’s biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema, boasting an electrifying mix of movies from emerging and established artists across a range of genres. The 2014 edition will open on Friday 23 May with the UK premiere of ON THE JOB, the latest ground-breaking work from Erik Matti which premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2013 in the ‘Directors’ Fortnight’. The closing film of the festival, screened on Sunday 1 June, will be the International premiere of JUDGE! with special guest appearance from director Akira Nagai.
This year, the festival will kick off with the ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ section at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) between Friday 23 and Tuesday 27 May. This section will focus on the Philippines where a new generation of independent film-makers are producing fresh and increasingly critically acclaimed content. TFEFF selection will reflect entertaining and accessible output from the indie and commercial sectors.
Among the highlights, acclaimed director Erik Matti will visit London to attend the opening ceremony of the ‘SPOTLIGHT ON: PHILIPPINES’ section with his film ON THE JOB.
A double bill will also be dedicated to award-winning Filipino actor Felix Roco. He will present the European premiere of A THIEF, A KID AND A KILLER with director Nathan Adolfson and SHIFT, in which Roco plays a gay man attracting the affections of his female colleague.
The festival is also delighted to launch local dark comedy TUHOG on the international festival circuit. In addition, there will be a special screening of the latest experimental film by Raya Martin (HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY) and a six-years-in-the-making documentary about about Filipino midget James Bond ‘Weng Weng’ (THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG).
The festival will then relocate to Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of Chinatown from Wednesday 28 May until Sunday 1 June for two more sections: Current Asian Cinema and Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter.
Current Asian Cinema section showcases content from all countries of East Asia, all genres, headliners and new discoveries. The 2014 line-up covers seven countries and includes a mix of audience friendly and challenging films. From the European premiere of COMMITMENT starring K-pop sensation rapper T.O.P. to the return of KIM Ki-duk with an even more controversial piece, MOEBIUS; a Mongolia-Germany production REMOTE CONTROL, low-budget Japanese indie youth drama BE MY BABY and the return of Thai kicking duo Prachya Pinkaew and Tony Jaa for WARRIOR KING 2.
A star studded line-up of action and martial arts favourites from China and Hong Kong such as Jackie Chan (CHINESE ZODIAC), Donnie Yen (SPECIAL ID), Andy Lau (FIRESTORM) and Nick Cheung (UNBEATABLE).
The fast-becoming-cult Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter will serve up a marathon of ghosts, zombies, demons and cold-blooded killers. The horror section will showcase the diversity and ingenuity of horror from the Far East. Featuring Takashi Miike, Erik Matti, the Mo brother’s KILLERS, produced by Gareth Evans (THE RAID), and with the European premiere of Malaysian Joon Han YEO’s latest scare IN THE DARK.
As always, the festival will feature a rich programme of events, including parties, guest Q&As, free filmmaker masterclasses and the festival hub, located in the heart of Chinatown at Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour.
Another cultural event will focus on a largely forgotten era of so-called “Hollywood in Taiwan” during the 1950s and 1960s. To coincide with the screening of FOREVER LOVE, TFEFF has sourced the theatrical posters from some of these films that inspired the movie and will be exhibiting them for the duration of the festival.
Festival director, Joey Leung says: “I am extremely happy to be announcing such a strong line-up of films for the 6th annual Terracotta Festival. Our festival team have worked tirelessly over the last few months to bring yet another great event where film lovers can see quality Asian cinema on the big screen (the majority of which are premieres), enjoy talent masterclasses, and mingle with actors and directors at our parties. We are also delighted to be back at the ICA and Prince Charles Cinema – both fantastic venues in the heart of London that have such a rich film heritage.”
Tickets are now on sale for the sixth edition of the annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival.
KLM are the Official Airline Partner for the fourth year, while What is Bobo are Official Design sponsors of the Terracotta Film Festival, also for the fourth consecutive year, creating the festival branding, on-screen identity and all of its promotional material.
6TH EDITION FULL LINE-UP:
SPOTLIGHT ON: THE PHILIPPINES
ON THE JOB, Erik MATTI, thriller Philippines 2013, UK Premiere, Q&A with director Erik MATTI
A THIEF, A KID AND A KILLER, Nathan ADOLFSON, crime drama, Philippines 2013 European Premiere, Q&A with director Nathan ADOLFSON, producer Gene LACSON, actor Felix ROCO
SHIFT, Siege LEDESMA, metropolitan romantic comedy, Philippines 2013, UK Premiere, Q&A with actor Felix ROCO
THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, Andrew LEAVOLD, documentary, Australia-Philippines 2013, UK Premiere, Q&A with director Andrew LEAVOLD
TUHOG, Veronica VELASCO, Drama, Philippines 2013, International Premiere
HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY, Raya MARTIN, experimental, Philippines, 2013, UK Premiere
CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA SECTION:
JUDGE! , Akira Nagai, comedy, Japan 2014, International Premiere, closing film , Q&A with director Akira NAGAI
SPECIAL ID, Clarence FOK YIU-LEUNG, Donnie YEN , Action Martial Arts, Hong Kong China 2013
FIRESTORM, Alan YUEN, action-police drama, Hong Kong 2013, UK Premiere
CHINESE ZODIAC, Jackie CHAN, action adventure, Hong Kong China 2012
UNBEATABLE, Dante LAM, action boxing drama, Hong Kong 2013, UK Premiere
FOREVER LOVE, Toyoharu KITAMURA, Aozaru SHIAO, comedy Drama, Taiwan 2013, UK Premiere
WARRIOR KING 2, Prachya PINKAEW, action Martial Arts, Thailand 2013, UK premiere
BE MY BABY, Hitoshi ONE, love’n’ lies drama, Japan 2013, UK Premiere
THE SNOW WHITE MURDER CASE, NAKAMURA Yoshihiro, web crime drama, Japan 2014 UK Premiere
THE FACE READER, HAN Jae-rim, period drama, South Korea 2013, UK Premiere
MOEBIUS, KIM Ki-duk, drama, South Korea 2013, UK Premiere
COMMITMENT, PARK Hong-soo, action thriller, South Korea 2013, European Premiere
REMOTE CONTROL, Byamba SAKHYA, drama, Mongolia, Germany 2013, UK Premiere
TERROR COTTA HORROR ALL-NIGHTER:
LESSON OF EVIL, Takashi Miike, horror thriller, Japan 2012, London Premiere
TIK TIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES, Erik MATTI, horror, Philippines 2012, UK Premiere
IN THE DARK, Joon Han YEO, horror, Malaysia 2014, European Premiere
KILLERS, Kimo STAMBOEL, Timo TJAHJANTO, horror Thriller, Japan Indonesia 2013, London Premiere
Erik Matti: Director
ON THE JOB/TIK TIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES
Filmmaker and founder of production company Reality Entertainment. TIK TIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES (2012) debuted at number two on the Philippine box office, grossing P10.8m on its first day and showing in 105 theatres. Critically acclaimed ON THE JOB (2013) had its World Premiere in the Cannes 2013 Director’s Fortnight; a US remake in currently under pre-production.
Felix Roco: Actor
SHIFT/ A THIEF, A KID AND A KILLER.
Award-winning Filipino actor and the son of local cinema legend Bembol Roco. He has a large film and television career and already a strong mark on the international scene with his performance in the Venice Film Festival double-awardee ENGKWENTRO.
Nathan Adolfson: Writer/Director
A THIEF, A KID AND A KILLER
Graduated with an MFA in film directing in 2008, prior to which he won multiple UCLA Spotlight Awards. A desire to explore growing Asian markets prompted Nathan to work with Korean, Japanese, and Filipino partners on a series of critically-acclaimed features. His follow-up to A THIEF, A KID & A KILLER (2013) is already in pre-production in the Philippines.
Andrew Leavold: Writer/Director
THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG
Founder of Trash Video, Australia’s largest alternative rental store. Also works as a writer, film critic, and film programmer. Andrew has directed fake 60s exploitation mini-epic LESBO-A-GO-GO (2003) and vampire slaying reconstruction BLUEBIRDS OF PEACE AND DESTRUCTION (2006). His latest feature, THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (2007), is the ultimate history of Filipino B-films.
Akira NAGAI: Director
Joined a Tokyo-based advertising and promotion company after graduating from Musashino Art University, where he worked on multiple high-profile campaigns. Won the prestigious directorial award at the ACC CM Festival for two consecutive years, in 2012 and 2013. JUDGE! (2013), which draws upon his significant experience in the advertising industry, is his debut full-length feature.
International festival premiere = First festival screening in the world
European premiere = First public screening in Europe
UK premiere = First public screening in UK
SPOTLIGHT ON: THE PHILIPPINES at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA):
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH / Box Office: +44 (0)20 7930 3647
Tickets at ICA: £10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members
CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA, TERROR COTTA HORROR ALL-NIGHTER at Prince Charles Cinema:
7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY / Box Office: +44 (0)20 7494 3654
Tickets at Prince Charles Cinema: £9.50 non members, no concessions/ £6.00 (PCC Members)
(Friday afternoon: £7.50/ £5.50)
Festival Pass: £66.50 non members/ £56.50 members
EARLY BIRD PASS*: £65 non members/ £55 members (excludes Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter and ICA Spotlight ON: Philippines)
*early bird price available for purchases before midnight, Thursday 1st May
Terror-Cotta Horror All-nighter: £22 non members/ £19.50 members
For more information, visit the festival’s website at: www.terracottafestival.com