What links Matteo Oleotto, director of ‘Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot’, to the upcoming FEFF 16, besides their shared love of cinema? The answer is simple: the new festival trailer bears his signature! In sixty seconds he plays around with the pop essence of this great Udine event, while demolishing the stereotypes that are still weighing on Far Eastern filmmaking.
Riccardo Maranzana, the adorable Ernesto in ‘Zoran’, stars in the trailer which follows the hilarious comedic path that almost all the predecessors trod on (excluding the stylish narrations of Lorenzo Bianchini and Joko Anwar or Špela Čadež’s sweet and poetic exception).
Oleotto is now part of this small tradition, much loved by the FEFF audience, and is now among the likes of Pang Ho-cheung, the Hong Kong mastermind behind ‘You Shoot, I Shoot’ and ‘Vulgaria’ and the author of the most joyfully anarchic and unconventional festival trailer ever!
«All these years – says Oleotto, back from presenting ‘Zoran’ in Moscow – I’ve enjoyed looking at the way different directors from different countries dealt with the comedy aspect in the Far East Film trailer. That’s why, as soon as I was given the opportunity to direct it, I had no doubt about what style I’d go for: I quickly jotted down a bunch of really short scripts, then acted them out for the festival’s bosses during a fun dinner party».
The highly anticipated Udine FEFF 16, held in Udine from April 25th to May 3rd, will present 60 of the best popular Asian films: from huge blockbusters to future cult movies, without leaving aside the outsiders who have been given a chance to shine.
10 different countries (Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan) will be under the curious gaze of both the organisers, who supervise the festival’s overall quality without any artistic discrimination, and of the audience, who is looking forward to getting lost and drifting far away from the West.
Matteo Oleotto was born in Gorizia in 1977. He graduated from Civica Accademia d’Arte Drammatica “Nico Pepe” in Udine (2001), where he studied acting, and from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, where he instead pursued his interest in film directing.
His short films, A doppio filo, Casinò Paradajz, Can Can, Stanza 21, Passeranno anche stanotte and La luna ci guarda won awards and got critical acclaim around the world. He was the co-lead in Lezioni di cioccolato and director on TV channels such as La7, MTV, RAI3, History Channel and Foxlife.
He left behind numerous temporary jobs including: call center operator, lifeguard, worker at a micro technology company, night care assistant at a psychiatric hospital, waiter, assistant cook, gardener, basketball referee, hotel doorman, swimming instructor.