And so, it came to be…
That the 6th annual Festival from Terracotta is announced fully, line-up inclusive. This news comes further to our recent announcement of their Short Film Competition.
Yes, an ever increasing – in size, and countries of those films being shown – festival comes at us only once a year. If you browse through the titles on offer this year, and their country of production you’ll soon see what we mean!
One thing to add though is that although this indeed is the official line-up for this exciting Terracotta Far East Film Festival there may still be information added and/or special guest events displayed at a later date.
On the latter, I particularly look forward to the actor / director masterclasses which are held each year. These are not only normally very insightful into the world of these Asian films but also allow you, or us to get up close and personal a little with those individuals. And if you’re really lucky you can great a quick chat with them, ask for an autograph or mingle with them at the Terracotta party/ies!
So, here we go!
6TH ANNUAL TERRACOTTA FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINE-UP
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: http://www.terracottafestival.com
Trailers for the festival at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TerracottaVideo
Committed to bringing quality and entertaining Far East films to the UK.
Releases by Terracotta Distribution include the multi-award winning BREATHLESS directed by Yang Ik-june, Johnnie To’s SPARROW and just released Kim Ki-duk debut movie CROCODILE. Imprint label TERROR COTTA is devoted to Asian horror and thrillers.
Terracotta Far East Film Festival (TFEFF14) is the biggest event for Asian cinema in London. The 6th edition will run from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June, with an outstanding line-up of Asian movies from emerging and established artists, across a range of genres. The festival kicks off with SPOTLIGHT ON: THE PHILIPPINES at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, 23 – 27 May, then relocates to the Prince Charles Cinema from 28 May – 1 June for the CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA strand. Other festival events include the TERROR COTTA HORROR ALL-NIGHTER on Saturday 31 May, the TERRACOTTA SHORT FILM COMPETITION, an exciting panel of top Asian actors and directors, Q&As, masterclasses and our infamous Terracotta parties.
About Prince Charles Cinema
From cult festivals to the latest box office hits, the Prince Charles Cinema is the heart of independent film in London. The Prince Charles Cinema is located at 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY. Well summed-up by Quentin Tarantino: “The Prince Charles is everything an independent movie theatre should be. For lovers of quality film, this is Mecca.”
About the ICA
The ICA supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors. Founded in 1946 by a group of artists including Roland Penrose, Peter Watson and Herbert Read, the ICA continues to support living artists in showing and exploring their work, often as it emerges and before others. The inaugural ICA / LUX Biennial of Moving Images was launched in 2012, and the ICA Cinema continues to screen rare artists’ film, support independent releases and partner with leading film festivals. The ICA welcomes over 400,000 visitors a year to its building on The Mall in the heart of London. The Director of the ICA is writer and curator Gregor Muir, author of Lucky Kunst.
About What is Bobo
As a creative design agency based at the renowned Ealing Film Studios in West London, What is Bobo work primarily within the UK Entertainment industry creating original film posters, theatrical and home entertainment campaigns, DVD & Blu Ray sleeves, brochures, and online advertising. Their work has recently been seen in the theatrical campaigns for The Paperboy (Lionsgate UK), and Red Dawn (Koch Media), and clients include Artificial Eye, Anchor Bay, Soda Pictures, and BBC Worldwide among many others. For more information a selection of their work can be seen on their website at http://www.whatisbobo.com or contact creative director Robyn Larkin on 020 8758 8418
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Our sister company, Native Nomad Pictures entered a film in the same competition in 2013. A quirky little tale of a girl having difficulty in either communicating, selling something OR both… in and around the Chinatown area of London.
Until this time, the film hasn’t been available publicly on the World Wide Web but NNP have decided to have it featured here first. You will then also be able to find it at Native Nomad Pictures / Jason Verney’s Vimeo channel, along with other films or featurettes.