January: Films awarded at the 8th Five Flavours
2015 brings all year round Appetizers to whet your appetite for Asian cinema before the upcoming edition of Five Flavours Film Festival.
Appetizer screenings in January involve two evenings with films awarded at the 8th edition of Five Flavours Film Festival:
29th January, Thursday, 18:00 – "Exit" (Taiwan 2014) directed by Chienn Hsiang – named by the People's Jury the Best Film of New Asian Cinema
30th January, Friday, 18:00 – "Be My Baby" (Japan 2013) directed by Hitoshi One – awarded by the People's Jury with the Special Mention
30th January, Friday, 20:30 – "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" (Japan 2013) directed by Sion Sono – voted by the audience the Best Film included in the horror/thriller section
"Exit" is a subtle portray of Ling, a 45-year old seamstress from Kaohsiung who tries to revive her fading femininity. Everything goes wrong in Ling's life – she suffers from symptoms of premature menopause and lack of dialogue with her adolescent daughter. The door lock breaks down, the husband on a job in Shanghai remains silent, and the sewing machine stops working. As she visits her mother-in-law in a hospital, Ling observes a man recovering from an eye surgery.
For her performance in the leading role as Ling, Chen Shiang-chyi was recognised as the Best Actress at the 16th Taipei Film Awards and the 51st Golden Horse Awards.
Five Flavours' People's Jury awarded the film "for the sensitivity with which the director uses the image to build a complex psychological portrait. For a simple story whose core is the understanding of universal experiences."
"Be My Baby" is a micro-budget production about a bunch of friends who belong to a group called dokyun – young adults lacking ambition and education, with a slapdash work, who are obsessively interested in their looks and unrefined entertainment. The Japanese chavettes wear more makeup than their skin can carry, go on failed dates and sluggish home parties.
The People's Jury honoured the film "for a skilfull portrayal of a limited horizon of individuals thrown out of the rat race. For an original satire, whose script shows the absurdity of the life of the modern 20-year olds from Japan."
Be My Baby, dir. Hitoshi One
8th Five Flavours was the first edition when the audience could choose the best title from the horror and thriller section. Viewers cast their votes by tearing off fingers from a handy ballot. The winner was "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" from Sion Sono with average 3.61 fingers torn off.
The film is an uncompromising ode to the Japanese thrillers and to cinema as such. Sono returns to cinematic madness, unhampered by logic and good film taste. Be prepared for samurai swords, plenty of bullets being shot out, a chopping knife chase, an unusual French kiss, and the most catchy tune from a toothpaste commercial.
Why Don't You Play in Hell?, dir. Sion Sono
TiCKETS (ONE film): 17 PLN
TICKET DEAL (ALL FILMS): 35 PLN
The screenings take place at the Kino Muranow cinema (5 Andersa St).
All films are screened in original languages, with English and Polish subtitles.
Another Appetizer screening is scheduled for 21st February to celebrate Tet - the New Lunar Year.
More Appetizers will be served in April, June and September.
The 9th edition of Five Flavours Film Festival is planned for 12-19th November, 2015.
Appetizer screenings are support by the Warsaw City Council.