Considered to be the largest Asian film festival in Europe, The “Far East Festival 21” is set to run from the 21st to the 29th of April, in Udine, Italy. The festival boasts over 60 films from far east countries, along with various workshops and meetings with VIP guests within the Asian film Industry.

Korean director Lee Jong-Eon debut film “Birthday”, which uses the 2014 sinking of the MV Sewol ferry as the backdrop to the story of a family coping with loss, is set to open the festival. A trailer for the film was released previously and can be viewed below.


Jung-Il and Soon-Nam are a married couple. Their elder son died tragically. Jung-Il feels guilt that he was not there with his family when his son died. Soon-Nam misses her son dearly and supports her family by working at grocery store. The film explores the family dynamic as they cope with the grief and learn to embrace each other.