The Drummer had its World Premiere at the prestigious 60th Locarno International Film Festival 9th August, 2007. Usually warm, Locarno was blasted by a storm the day before our premiere. It rained until 8pm. Our screening started at 9:30pm at the Piazza Grande which holds roughly eight thousand people. Despite the threat of rain, the audience showed up to almost full capacity. The screen is the largest outdoor screen in Europe and one of the biggest in the world.
Myself, Jaycee Chan, Rosa Li (producer) and Thanassis Karathanos (producer) went onstage to present the film to the audience.
The reaction was amazing. Jaycee was extremely interested in watching the film because it was his first viewing also. He said, "What an extraordinary experience to hear eight thousand people laugh during the funny moments. It's like a natural reverb effect."
For me, it was the most spectacular way to present my film. The huge audience paid full attention to the giant screen. It is a director's dream come true.
Jaycee meeting composer Andre Matthias for the first time
Rosa Li getting a taste of the view in the Piazza Grande
The projector is the height of two people and the size of a small apartment in Hong Kong
Jaycee praying for good weather
Thanassis Karathanos (producer), Kenneth Bi, Jaycee Chan and Rosa Li (producer)
Wow, that looks absolutely fantastic. What an amazing screen!
I would love to have that screen and projector in my basement But I'm sure it will never fit.
I'm really happy for the whole team of 'The Drummer', that they have experienced this great event, wish I was one of those lucky eight thousand viewers. Hmmm...I guess I'll have to wait for the HK DVD-release, I'm looking forward to it.
I would like to wish you all good luck with the other upcoming events!
Thank you for sharing this exciting experience at Locarno's International Film Festival with us.
Wow, it's amazing seeing so many people watching the film on the street. All of you looked happy and relaxed and it's wonderful to learn that "The Drummer" was well received.
Please excuse my ignorance, what does "Buona Visione" mean?
I truly like the Chinese film title because not only it provides an insight into the journey of our lives which are constantly challenged by adversities, it also gives out the peace and tranquility that derived from the mesmerizing beats of the powerful drums.
A job well done! Can't wait to see "The Drummer" soon in Sydney.Wishing you both all the best in your next film project.