One Filipino full length film and a short film are included in this year’s CinemAsia line-up. Swap by director Remton Siega Zuasola is a suspense-drama based on the director’s own story of kidnapping when he was a young boy. Meanwhile the short film Breakable is a story that many Filipino expats can relate to, about a mother who went abroad to work and her longing for her young daughter. Both films will be screened on March 3 and March 5 at cinemas at Kriterion and Rialto respectively.
CinemAsia Film Festival, taking place from 1 – 6 March in Amsterdam, announces their programming for 2016 and the jury of CinemAsia Jury Award. For the 9th edition of the festival a selection of the best contemporary Asian cinema will be screened, including Asian blockbusters and festival favourites that haven’t been shown in The Netherlands before.
The CinemAsia Competition and Official Selection programming for the ninth edition of the festival, led by new festival director Lorna Tee, has been finalized. The program provides a broad and authentic overview of contemporary Asian cinema. CinemAsia’s Competition features films that have an authentic and powerful voice, challenge the conventions of the medium, and tackle relevant themes through unique and artistic visions. CinemAsia Official Selection contains exciting new feature films, documentaries and shorts that have been praised by critics or have proven to be very popular in their country of origin.
Director Lorna Tee: “This year’s full line up is more diverse than ever and provides more room for both discovery and re-discovery of films. The programming team watched more than 400 films in order to get a better sense of the Asian films from last year and the process was exciting, and confirmed our belief in the richness in Asian cinema but at the same examining values which are totally universal. We cannot wait to share the films with our audiences.”
CinemAsia’s Competion line-up:
* A Copy of My Mind, director: Joko Anwar (Indonesia /South-Korea, 2015)
* Dream Land, director: Steve Chan (Cambodia/USA, 2015)
* Madonna, director: Shin Suwon (South-Korea, 2015)
* Mountains May Depart, director: Jia Zhangke (China, 2015)
* Mr. Six, director: Guan Hu (China, 2015)
* Office, director: Johnnie To (China / Hong Kong, 2015)
* Swap, director: Remton Siega Zuasola (Philippines, 2015)
* Zinnia Flower, director: Tom Lin (Taiwan, 2015)
CinemAsia’s Official Selection lineup:
* 7 Letters, directors: Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, K Rajagopal, Royston Tan, Tan Pin Pin and Kelvin Tong (Singapore, 2015)
* Collective Invention, director: Kwon Oh Kwong (South-Korea, 2015)
* Distance, director: Xin Yukun, Tan Shijie, Sivaroj Kongsakul (China/Singapore/Thailand, 2015)
* Four Colours, director: Bikas Ranjan Mishra (India, 2014)
* Front Cover, director: Ray Yeung, (USA, 2015)
* Heart Attack, director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Thailand, 2015)
* Lazy Hazy Crazy, director: Luk Yee Sam (Hong Kong, 2015)
* SPL 2 (A Time for Consequences), director: Cheng Pou Shui (Hong Kong/ China, 2015)
* The Birth of Sake, director: Erik Shihai (Japan/USA, 2015)
* The Crescent Moon, director: Ismail Basbeth (Indonesia, 2015)
* The Golden Cane Warrior, director: Ifa Isfansyah (Indonesia, 2014)
* The Kids, director: Sunny Yu (Taiwan, 2015)
* The Royal Tailor, director: Wonsuk LEE (Korea, 2014)
* Mr Hu and The Temple, director: Yan Ting Yuen (Netherlands, 2015)
* Off The Menu: Asian American, director: Grace Lee (USA, 2015)
* A Place to Name, director: Sakagami Atura (Japan, 2015)
* Following Diana, director: Kamila Andani (Indonesia, 2015)
* I am Hong Kong, director: Flora Lau (Hong Kong / France, 2014)
* The Fox Exploits The Tiger Might’s, director: Lucky Kuswandi (Indonesia, 2015)
* Thread, director: Virgina Kennedy (Malaysia, 2014)
* Under the Water, director: Ko Chen Nien (Taiwan, 2014)
Jury & Cinemasia Jury Award
This year the CinemAsia Film Festival Jury is formed by Singapore director Royston Tan, Dutch film critic Dana Linssen and French acquisition and distribution consultant Aranka Matits. The jury will award the best film in the competition program with the CinemAsia Tiger Beer Jury Award 2016.
Royston Tan is a well-known Singaporean director with many successful feature and short films on his name. Tan was previously awarded as ‘Asian Director of the Year’, ‘Young Artist of the Year’ and listed in Time Magazine’s Top 20 Asian Heroes. His feature film ‘15’ was the first Singaporean film ever to compete at the Venice Film Festival for the Lion of the Future Award.
Dana Linssen is a philosopher and film critic. She studied philosophy and is chief editor of De Filmkrant and has been film critic at NRC Handelsblad for over ten years. She is an experienced lecturer and speaker and is known for its inspiring presentations.
French Aranka Matits, owner of consultancy company Featurette, advises on acquisitions, coproductions and strategic planning. Matits works for distribution companies as Version Originale (France) and September Film (The Netherlands). With September Film she co-produced ‘Arab Idol’ by Hany Abu Assad.
Last week CinemAsia annonced that the 2016 edition of CinemAsia Film Festival will focus on the Chinese-language films. Besides the numerous Chinese-language films that will be screened during the festival, the CinemAsia Focus program sets its spotlights on the Golden Horse Awards, the highest and most prestigious film awards in the world of Chinese-language cinema. The main guest of the festival is director, scriptwriter, producer and actress Sylvia Chang, also Chairman of the Golden Horse Awards. CinemAsia Film Festival will screen a selected number of recent award winners of the Golden Horse Awards
CinemAsia Film Festival takes place from March 1st until 6th in Kriterion and Rialto in Amsterdam. CinemAsia is a film festival that strives to broaden the horizons of the Dutch audience and film industry by offering an extensive and relevant overview of contemporary Asian cinema, through the latest and most popular blockbusters and films with a strong artistic vision. Besides culture and entertainment the festival also tries to provide a creative platform for Asian filmmakers with CinemAsia FilmLAB.