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For Thomas Bertacche, being a film buff in a small city in Italy's northeast is no reason not to think big. But that doesn't mean you should ever let your head swell.
Sabrina Baracetti, who is the face of the Udine Far East Film Fest, certainly reps an anomaly in Italy where big egos are the norm and cults of personality run rampant.
Udine was born from the ashes of one event and the desire by a tiny group of people to change the way Far East cinema was perceived in the West.