ROME - Hong Kong multihyphenate Fruit Chan will be the guest of honour at the 16th Far East Festival in Udine, Italy, Europe's biggest showcase of genre and mainstream Asian cinema.

Chan, a maverick director, producer and actor, is known for directing pics about the lives of ordinary people in Hong Kong, including "Made in Hong Kong," "Hollywood Hong-Kong," and "Durian Durian."

Udine will screen the "definitive version" of Chan's latest work "The Midnight After" (pictured), the fest said. The pic is a genre-bender which mourns the dissolution of Hong Kong's core values since its handover to China in 1997. "Midnight" world-preemed positively in Berlin but has since been retweaked by Chan.

In Udine Chan will hold an onstage conversation about "The Midnight After" with Rome Film Festival topper Marco Mueller, a known Asian film specialist.

The 16th edition of the Far East Festival will run April 25-May 3.

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