"Fidelio, Alice's Journey was the closing film of the cinema section of French May in Hong Kong and Macao. What a wonderful stopover for the film, which was partially inspired by the life of a friend of mine, a female sailor whose first maritime journey was as a student on a container ship to Hong Kong! I was hence able to ask Hong Kong spectators the meaning of the tattoo decorating Ariane Labed's shoulder blade, an identical copy of my friend's. After the two screenings organized by the Broadway Cinematheque, it was a pleasure to talk and share with the spectators, keen film lovers who enjoyed seeing Melvil Poupaud on screen, and who also were intrigued to discover what happens on board the supertankers which pass through the bay each day.
The Chinese subtitles had attracted more of an Oriental crowd in the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, and I was moved by this Asian premiere, thinking that we'd never been this close to the Philippines, where a good number of the Fidelio crew came from.
I'd barely had time to enjoy this exchange before I was off to Macao, one hour away by ferry. After a dream night at the Galaxy, an amazing resort, whose mammoth casino makes you want to invent a Chinese, post-modern remake of Bay of Angels, we presented the film at the opening of French May in Macao, at the Galaxy's luxurious theater.
Thanks to the comfort of the trip organized by uniFrance films and to the attentive care taken by the cultural attaché on site, I returned from the Far East not feeling at all tired, indeed, I was amazed by how the film could be received on the other side of the world."
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