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Great success of the 15th Five Flavours: Thank you for an amazing festival!

30 November 2021
As We Like It, dir. Chen Hung-i, Wei Muni, Taiwan, 2021

This year's edition was one of a kind – thank you for being with us in cinemas and online, for all the wonderful conversations and the comments on the Festival group!

The end of the Festival marks the beginning of making plans for next year. We invite you to fill in the Festival survey – it will be extremely helpful for us in preparing any future events!

Organizing the Festival in a hybrid form was an enormous challenge, but it allowed us to combine the advantages of experiencing the film feast in cinemas and the mobility and wide outreach of an online event. We are happy that, for the second year in a row, we were able to reach audiences all across the country and those who, for various reasons, were not able to join us in the cinemas.

During the 15th Five Flavours, we screened 43 full-length films and 10 shorts. We recorded over 40 introductions and 28 interviews with directors – they all remain available on our website.

In cinemas, Five Flavours films gathered an audience of over 7,000, and during the online edition the viewers have watched Festival films over 20,000 times.

Awarded films

The Grand Prix of the New Asian Cinema competition section of the 15th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival wet to Yang Lina's "Spring Tide." The Special Mention was awarded to "Anatomy of Time" by Jakrawal Nilthamrong.

The International People's Jury was made up of: Alberto Calabrese (Italy), Sara Carotenuto (Italy), Giulia Diplotti (Italy), Dominika Konopielko (Poland), Marlene Langbein (Holland), Jenni Leppihuhta (Finland), Aleksander Młyński (Poland), Kinga Molińska (Poland), Han Nguyen (Holland), Jack Underwood (Holland), Jakub Wanat (Poland), Liisa Wang (Finland).

Grand Prix

Spring Tide

Chun Chao, dir. Yang Lina, China 2019

People's Jury verdict:

The International People's Jury 2021 has selected "Spring Tide" as the winner of this year's New Asian Cinema section. "Spring Tide" is a universal depiction of generational trauma shown from a female perspective that subtly highlights the unhealthy dynamics of family relationships. With her strong directorial vision, the filmmaker combines dreamlike elements with a look at China's past, present and future, which elevates the traditional genre of moral drama to a higher level. The authenticity of "Spring Tide" can prove to be a soothing and uplifting experience for everyone.

Special Mention

Anatomy of Time

Wela, dir. Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Thailand, France, Holland, Singapore 2021

People's Jury verdict:

The International People's Jury 2021 has awarded a Special Mention to the film "Anatomy of Time". "Anatomy of Time" appears as a vivid picture of the nature of time, as a narrative that confronts the theme of the cycle of life and death, and as a story that captures the essence of human memories.

Festival survey

Organizing the Festival in a hybrid form was an enormous challenge, but it also brought us completely new possibilities. This is why we are asking you to share with us your experiences of the Festival in an evaluation survey – it will help us prepare for future editions of the Festival and sum up this year's efforts in order to choose the best path going forward.

Survey participants will have a chance to win books from Czarne publishing house and accesses to Five Flavours At Home VOD films. The survey will be active till December 10.

Participate in the survey

Debates and lectures

We would like to remind you that all the Festival Studio meetings and debates, and the prerecorded interviews with some of the filmmakers are still available on the Festival website. You can also read interviews and essays in the Festival newspaper.

Asian Academy – podcasts with expert lectures and debates – is also still available. Some of the topics taken up as part of the Academy include the Olympic Section, Taiwanese queer cinema, Wong Kar Wai's retrospective, Chinese and Japanese historic cinema and the Korean perspective on social inequalities.

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Asian Academy

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