Italy's 21st Far East Film Festival kicks off in Udine

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ROME, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The 21st edition of the Far East Film Festival (FEFF), which will showcase a total of 77 movies from 13 countries and regions, started on Friday in Italy's northeastern city of Udine.

According to organizers, nearly 20 Chinese films will be screened in competition this year. The country with the next biggest line-up after China is South Korea with 12 films, followed by Japan with nine. Other countries include Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Chinese movie star Yao Chen would be one of the special guests and will be collecting a Golden Mulberry Award for Outstanding Achievement.

There will be eight movies from Chinese mainland, including A Cool Fish, a low-budget comedy by Rao Xiaozhi, and Han Han's Pegasus, both making their international film festival premiere.

Huo Meng's road movie Crossing the Border makes its international premiere, while the film Dying to Survive by Wen Muye, Lue Yue's Lost, Found -- described as "a kidnapping and two mothers" and starring Yao Chen -- screen in what will be their European premiere. The Crossing by Bai Xue will be making its Italian premiere.

On the business side of the film industry, the FEFF has organized a Co-Production Day as part of its Focus Asia market, bringing together European and Asian filmmakers and producers to analyze the potential and possible developments of the Italy-China film co-production agreement.

The festival will also feature a special event called The New Silk Roads, organized along with the local chambers of commerce and the local division of Confindustria business association.

According to organizers, it will be a precious opportunity to discuss the economic changes taking place in Asia and the relations between Italy and China.

The Far East Film Festival runs through May 4. Enditem

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