The 15th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival starts today!
Thirteen days of the great celebration of Asian cinema! Join us in cinema and your own living rooms and prepare to be dazzled by the unique cinematic worlds, to be moved by the fate of the protagonists, and to discover new, eye-opening stories.
The 15th Five Flavours is filled with hot topics, emotional scripts, and hypnotic images. As always, we are looking for the most insightful, moving and stunning examples of Asian cinema. This year, we are going to give you an adrenaline rush with our Olympic Section and enchant you with the magical films of Wong Kar Wai. Together, we will discover the variety of the Taiwanese queer cinema and the talents of the great masters in the Asian Cinerama and Special Screenings sections. New Asian Cinema will give us food for thought, at the same time dazzling us with the original forms and the unique ways of portraying seemingly local themes that, nevertheless, audiences from all around the world can relate to. Our thoughts will be with Burma and the new generation of filmmakers who, despite the difficult political situation, do not lose hope and are looking for new ways of talking about their motherland.
Awaiting you this year are 44 feature films and 10 shorts. The access to online films opens on 10 a.m., and the first cinema screening starts at 5 p.m.!
Today's Festival Studio is devoted to the magic of Hong Kong. Wong Kar Wai's "In the Mood for Love," the opening film of the festival, is set in the Hong Kong of the 1960s. The unique animation by Yonfan, one of the most original Hong Kong directors, is also set in the same decade. In this unfamiliar film form, the director encapsulates the great affection for the city, and for the time of his youth, his first love interests, and intellectual adventures.
We will meet in the Studio every day at 12:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m. to discuss Festival films, recommend less-traveled paths through the program, and most of all to meet guests from Asia who will join us live to talk about their films. We encourage you to ask questions and share your experiences with us!
How to watch?
Cinema Pass holders can reserve their spots for particular screenings – it is not compulsory, you can enter the screening room if there are places available. Please, do pay special attention to the titles from the Wong Kar Wai retrospective and the films that are only shown in cinemas, as we are expecting the highest audience turnout at these screenings.
The reservation system is very simple and is similar to the process of buying single tickets – after logging in to your account, go to the page of the film you want to see and click "book." Make sure you cancel your reservation if you are not going to make it to the screening! This will allow other viewers to use reserved spot.
Access to online screenings
You can watch the Festival films at the Five Flavours website – just log in to your account and choose a title from the festival program. Online Pass holders can play the film straight away. Viewers choosing Single Accesses can add the film to cart and watch it right after making the payment.
Online Pass holders can watch the films throughout the whole Festival. Single Access holders have 48 hours to finish watching the film after clicking "watch."
Access to films online is not limited. Online Passes will be available for purchase throughout the Festival.
Safety in cinemas during the pandemic
We do everything in our power to ensure that the Festival space is safe for everyone.
During the Festival, we follow all the current guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Main Sanitary Inspectorate.
In the cinemas and screening rooms, it is compulsory to use the personal protective equipment to cover your mouth and nose. Hand disinfectants are available on site.
Please keep your distance while entering and leaving the screening rooms. We encourage you to use the reservation system. The screening schedule was created in a way that allows for longer breaks between screenings, allowing the viewers to enter the screening rooms without waiting in lines and gathering in the hall.
We remind you that the best way to ensure your own safety and the safety of others is to get vaccinated.