The 17th Five Flavours has officially begun!
It's Wednesday, November 15, which means that the Festival has officially begun, both in the cinemas in Warsaw and online across the country. Come and enjoy the 19 days of the best Asian cinema from all across the continent with us!
The 17th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival is a selection of 38 films shown in Muranów and Kinoteka cinemas, and 28 titles available online throughout the country. As always, the productions represent a wide spectrum of genres and emotions. From Asian cinemas' biggest hit of 2023 to modest, yet powerful stories from provincial India; from laughter, through tears and emotions, to pure horror – everyone will find something for themselves in this cinematic mix.
This year, apart from the regular parts of the program, such as the New Asian Cinema competition and the Asian Cinerama section filled with hits and the season's biggest discoveries, the audiences will have a chance to discover the previously unexplored diversity of Indian cinema, admire the portraits of the fascinating heroines of Hong Kong cinema, and dive into the world of restored masterpieces of King Hu, the king of wuxia films.
The Festival officially opens at 8:30 p.m. in Muranów with the screening of the gentle "An Autumn's Tale" directed by Mabel Cheung. Meanwhile in Kinoteka, the audiences can see Lee Hae-young's surprising, dynamic, action-packed "Phantom," and Abhishek Shah's "Hellaro" available in cinemas only.
The first screening of the Festival is King Hu's majestic masterpiece "A Touch of Zen," shown at 4:45 p.m. in Muranów cinema. At 6:00 p.m. in Kinoteka cinema, the audiences can see the Vietnamese "Glorious Ashes" directed by Buy Thac Chuyên and "Ripples" – a new film by Naoko Ogigami, one of the Five Flavours audience's favorite directors.
Online Passes and Single Accesses to films online will be available throughout the Festival.
Don't forget that five films by King Hu – "Dragon Inn," "A Touch of Zen," "Raining in the Mountain," "Legend of the Mountain," and "The Wheel of Life" – will only be available online on the following days:
- November 17-19 (Friday-Sunday)
- November 25-26 (Saturday-Sunday)
- December 2-3 (Saturday-Sunday)
Conversations with filmmakers
Six extraordinary filmmakers will join us in Warsaw to talk to audiences during the Q&A sessions after the screenings. But that's not all! We also prepared interviews with some of the filmmakers who could not join us in person. We invite you to listen and watch.
Like every year, we prepared short video introductions to all films available online, in which we set the background for the stories they tell.
Essays, interviews and podcasts
The unique nature of the Festival prompts us not only to promote the selected films, but also to broaden the knowledge of Asian countries. We encourage you to read the texts and listen to radio shows and podcasts in which we discuss this year's edition of the Festival in a wider context. We gathered links to all the materials in one place, but you can also find the links related to particular titles below the description of each film.