Saturday, March 13, 2010

Terracotta Far East Film Festival is In the Mood for Doyle

Crack open a Heineken and raise a toast to cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the subject of In the Mood for Doyle, a mid-length documentary that will be featured in the second edition of the Terracotta Far East Film Festival in London.

Directed by Yves Montmayeur and made for French television in 2007, In the Mood for Doyle covers the rambunctious Australian-born Hong Kong cinematographer's collaborations with the likes of Fruit Chan (Dumplings, with the incomparable Bai Ling), Wong Kar-wai (2046, In the Mood for Love, Eros), M. Night Shyamalan (Lady in the Water) and Gus Van Sant (Psycho, Paranoid Park).

Doyle, who moves seamlessly between the worlds of Hollywood and Hong Kong, is also known for his collaborations with Pen-ek Ratanaruang on the pan-Asian features Last Life in the Universe and Invisible Waves as well as Pen-ek's Jeonju Digital Project short Twelve Twenty.

In the Mood for Doyle is among the early titles announced for the Terracotta Far East Film Festival. Others are Jackie Chan's Little Big Soldier as the opening film, plus the Hong Kong martial-arts drama Bodyguards and Warriors, Soi Cheang's excellent thriller Accident, Yoshihiro Nakamura's Fish Story and the Korean "gay cake store musical" Antique. They'll also show Montmayeur's documentary on yakuza films, Yakuza Eiga.

The Terracotta Far East Film Festival runs from May 6 to 9 at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.

(Via Twitch, Jasper Sharp)

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