Rome, April 30 (CNA) Taiwanese teen romance "You Are the Apple of My Eye" was praised by Italian media for its touching storyline after being screened at a film festival in Udine last week.
Italy-based magazine "Best Movie" said the film was successful in shaping the characters and its flowing narrative, helping it receive an enthusiastic response at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, located in northeastern Italy.
The Taiwanese box-office hit is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by popular Taiwanese author Giddens Ko, who was compared by the magazine with Italian film director Federico Moccia, who, like Ko, is a writer, screenwriter and film director.
Moccia also produced a movie in 2006 based on his book called "Ho voglia di te," meaning "I Want You" in English.
In addition to "You Are the Apple of My Eye," two other Taiwanese films -- "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale" and "Love" -- also were shown at the April 20-28 festival alongside 44 other films from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and China.
The festival, first held in 1999, is considered the largest Asian film festival outside of Asia. It aims to promote Asian films and exchanges between film workers in Europe and Asia.
Most of the films selected for the festival are commercial productions.
Chang San-ling, a Taiwanese representative who has helped the festival select films, said the Taiwanese commercial film industry has blossomed in recent years and caught the attention of the Far East Film Festival committee, which visited Taiwan to learn more about the trend.
Chang said that Taiwan should seize the opportunity to enter the European market by taking part in the festival.
(By Cheng Chieh-yi and Nell Shen)