Competition: New Asian Cinema
The competition section New Asian Cinema is a review of the most original recent productions from the fast-changing continent; intriguing forms, moving subjects, and strong voices of new generations of artists asserting their place in the world cinema. These are powerful, intriguing pictures, showing the contemporary problems of the societies in their home countries – this year, the social angle is especially strong.
Eleven films in the section include: "Ten Years," three dystopian novellas from Hong Kong combined in the most paramount political film in recent history, covered by media worldwide due to an unprecedented attack of the Chinese censorship; Midi Z's "Road to Mandalay," shown at film festivals in Toronto and Venice - a poetic, but realistic story about a Burmese couple illegally crossing the border to Thailand, looking for a better life in the richer country; and K. Rajagopal's "Yellow Bird," a shocking, rough picture of Singapore immigrants. "Under Construction" from Bangladesh talks about the place of women in the conservative Muslim society, and is also a universal story about the dilemmas of a stage actress entering adulthood. Existential dramas of 30-year olds – the Filipino hipsters – are also the topic of "Apocalypse Child" by Mario Cornejo.
The competition also includes variations on the genre cinema: the Malaysian "Interchange" by Dain Said is a dark, yet spectacular noir film about brutal murders connected with the local legends; the Indonesian "A Copy of My Mind" by Joko Anwar – a political thriller in which a romance turns into a risky confrontation with a mighty power structure. The Filipino "Pamilya Ordinaryo" is the combination of the conventions of a thriller and a documentary film, portraying the lives of energetic teenagers from the streets of Manila, while the Thai "Heart Attack" is a subversive, black romantic comedy about a freelance graphic designer, the deadline slasher.
An important part of the competition is the European premiere of "Jagat" directed by Shanjhey Kumar Perumal from Malaysia, the unexpected winner of the 28th Malaysia Film Festival, paving the way for other films in the long-excluded minority languages.
The best film of the Festival is chosen by eleven members of People's Jury. In 2016, the director of the Best Film receives a financial prize of 2,500 EUR, funded by the director of the Polish Film Institute.
The Jury will also award a Special Mention.
Another honorary award will be awarded by NETPAC – Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.
People's Jury is composed of eleven cinema enthusiasts chosen in a competition.
People's Jury of the 10th Five Flavours Film Festival includes: Dominika Andrzejewska, Dominika Drzastwa, Anna Natalia Kmieć, Dorota Kolber, Katarzyna Kuca, Łukasz Mańkowski, Michał Łukasz Mielnik, Hubert Nowicki, Jakub Przybyło, Paweł Skrzypczak, Michał Wilkołazki.
For the first time, the 10th edition of the Festival hosts a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC).
The Jury incudes: Wafa Ghermani (France), Mara Matta (Italy), Bina Paul (India).
NEW ASIAN CINEMA SECTION OF THE 10TH FIVE FLAVOUR FILM FESTIVAL:
- Heart Attack by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Thailand
- The Road to Mandalay by. Midi Z, Taiwan, Burma, France, Germany
- Apocalypse Child by Mario Cornejo, Philippines
- Ten Years by Ng Ka-leung, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-wai, Wong Fei-pang, Kwok Zune, Hong Kong
- Interchange by Dain Said, Malaysia
- Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain, Bangladesh
- Tharlo by Pema Tseden, Tibet, China
- A Copy of My Mind by Joko Anwar, Indonesia, South Korea
- A Yellow Bird by K. Rajagopal, Singapore, France
- Jagat by Shanjhey Kumar Perumal, Malaysia - EUROPEAN PREMIERE
- Ordinary People by Eduardo Roy, Jr., Philippines