Five Flavours Films: New Distributor in Poland
After a decade of operating as an Asian film festival, Five Flavours expands the scope and adds theatrical distribution in Poland to its label. It fills the local niche in the Asian film market.
Asian films are a rarity in Polish cinemas with only a few titles being released each year, some of which face very limited arthouse distribution, what makes Polish audience watch most of them film festivals. Asian releases neither receive much media publicity.
Creating the new distribution label, Five Flavours aims to fill this gap in the local market and bring more attention to Asian cinema in Poland throughout the year, not only before and during Five Flavours Film Festival which tends to take place in Autumn.
As a distributor, Five Flavours focuses on full length features. At least three films - including Cannes and Berlinale titles - will be released theatrically in Poland by early spring 2018.
The first Five Flavours picture is the critically-acclaimed Filipino drama "Apocalypse Child" directed by Mario Cornejo and produced by Monster Jimenez. It is scheduled to be released on 6 October, 2017. Special screenings at selected summer festivals in Poland are planned before the regular distribution. "Apocalypse Child" was crowned the Best Film at the 10 edition of Five Flavours which took place in Warsaw in November, 2016.
Further titles in the delicious catalogue are Bhutanese mystery thriller "Honeygiver Among the Dogs" by Dechen Roder and Indonesian feminist western "Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts" from Mouly Surya, presented respectively at this year's Berlinale and Cannes festivals. Both choices highlight that Five Flavours is a distributor open to explore any genre.
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
Polish title: Dziecko apokalipsy
Release date: 6 October, 2017
Filipino drama "Apocalypse Child" becomes the first Five Flavours distribution title. The film premiered in Poland in November, 2016 at the 10 Five Flavours Film Festival with director Mario Cornejo and producer Monster Jimenez in attendance. It was presented in the competition section New Asian Cinema and was named the Best Film by the festival's People's Jury. "Apocalypse Child" will be released just a month ahead of this year's edition of the festival (15-22 November), in the original language version with Polish subtitles.
Polish: Pięć Smaków
Five Flavours, both as the distribution label and film festival, is committed to present the diversity of contemporary Asian cinema – from small independent productions to mainstream hits. It showcases films from South-East, East and South Asia and aims to bring to Poland especially lesser known film industries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Bhutan, Malaysia, Thailand. Five Flavours invites its viewers for a cinematic journey to Asia viewed from the perspective of contemporary filmmakers who comment on their countries and identities using a universal language of cinema.
This year's Five Flavours Film Festival is scheduled in Warsaw from 15 to 22 November.
Selected titles will be showcased in November in a partner cinema, the New Horizons, in another Polish city, Wroclaw.