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The Great Comebacks - Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and Midi Z in this year's Masters section!

01 October 2019
BNK48: Girls Don't Cry

The Five Flavours programme will include names well known to our audience. Two-time winner of the New Asian Cinema competition, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, and the guest of the 7th edition, Midi Z, will present their latest films in our section of the Masters.

This year Thamrongrattanarit was included in the honourable section Masters, in which we will present his new film "BNK48: Girls Don't Cry".

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit debuted at Five Flavours in a great style. At the 7th edition of the festival, his first feature film "36" won the People's Jury Award. Three years later, Thamrongrattanarit made his appearance at the festival in person with his next film "Heart Attack". His latest triumph took place in 2018, when he won the New Asian Cinema competition for the second time, this time with his highly original film essay "Die Tomorrow". 

This year Thamrongrattanarit was included in the honourable section Masters, in which we will present his new film "BNK48: Girls Don't Cry". 

BNK48: Girl’s Don’t Cry

dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Thailand 2018, 108'

AKB48 (the name comes from a district of Tokyo, Akihabara) is an absolute phenomenon among Japanese girl bands. Since its creation in 2005, it has managed to win hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world, and at the same time inspire several other Asian countries to create their own "versions". This is how such bands as Indonesian JKT48, Chinese SNH48 and Thai BNK48 came into being, the last one including the heroines of the film "BNK48: Girls Don't Cry" - 26 girls between the ages of 12 and 22, who have decided to sacrifice everything to become stars. 

Thamrongrattanarit although visually pleasant, mercilessly reveals the reality of the Asian entertainment scene, where popularity and image matter more than talent. 

Midi Z

Midi Z is the absolute record holder of the Five Flavours! Since his debut at the festival in 2012 with "Return to Burma", the festival audience has had the opportunity to see all films directed by this extremely prolific Burmese filmmaker. What's more, in 2013 Midi Z visited Warsaw to present "Poor Folk". This year we will see his latest, widely commented film "Nina Wu".

Nina Wu

Zhuó Rén Mì Mì
dir. Midi Z
Taiwan, Malaysia, Burma 2019, 103'

Nina wastes her acting talent playing supporting roles in rather unprestigious projects. However, there is a big chance on the horizon: the main role in a spy thriller set in the 60's. The media predict a spectacular success for the film, but the atmosphere on the set and behind the scenes of the production is more dense than in the plot itself. Psychological pressure and unethical tricks hidden under the guise of an artistic vision lead the protagonist into very dangerous regions. 

A visually electrifying psychological drama from the one of the most renowned Asian auteur. Surprising with its oneiric form and striking with its message, it gained recognition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it had its world premiere.

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