The poster for this year’s edition of the festival

A hundred films from twenty countries to be screened at the Asian Film Festival

The festival includes a retrospective on the Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Asian Film Festival Barcelona is about to celebrate its sixth edition, which will feature the screening of 100 films from 20 Asian counties, as well as titles from Australia and New Zealand, from 31 October to 11 November. The event is organized by Casa Asia and is supported by the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies (ICEC) of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB) of Barcelona City Council, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels, Cathay Pacific and the We are Water Foundation, Betevé, Radio 4 and El Periódico de Catalunya, among others.

The films that are competing in the festival do so in the Official, Panorama, Netpac, Discoveries and Special sections and there will be awards for the best film, best director and best screenplay for each of the sections, as well as the Public and Young Jury Prizes. The only non-competitive section is the Retrospective, which will focus on Hirokazu Kore-eda, a Japanese filmmaker who was awarded the Palme d’Or for his Shoplifters at the last Cannes Film Festival, which will be screened at Cinemes Girona on 7 November. Most of the films in the festival will be screened at Cinemes Girona, though the Retrospective section will be based mostly at the Filmoteca de Catalunya. CaixaForum will be one of the other host venues, including the pre-inaugural session featuring the film Suleiman Mountain (Kyrgyz, 2017) by director Elizaveta Stishova.

We recommend that you consult the programme given the large number of films on offer, though the organization highlights the following titles: Our Time Will Come (Hong Kong, 2017), The Third Wife (Vietnam, 2018), Black Kite (Afghanistan, 2017), Kia and Cosmos (India, 2018), February (Korea, 2017), Lima (Indonesia, 2018), Bad Genius (Thailand, 2017), Rachana (Cambodia, 2018), Villa Dwellers (Iran, 2017), and Ash Is the Purest White (China, 2018). The festival is therefore an excellent opportunity to explore current Asian cinema, and see the types of films that hardly reach our screens.

Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018
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