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10th Five Flavours Film Festival

10th edition in numbers: 8 days, 44 films, 62 shows, 11 guests from Asia and 11,000 viewers

The jubilee edition of Five Flavors was held on November 16-23 at the Muranów Cinema and Kinoteka. It turned out to be the largest as far in terms of attendance and the number of films displayed. We showed 44 titles at 62 screenings in Warsaw and 10 in Wrocław. In total, we were visited by over 11,000 viewers. 11 Asian artists came to Warsaw to personally present their works and participate in meetings with the audience.


Among the extraordinary guests of 10th Five Flavours were a director-producer couple from the Philippines - Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez, directors Nawapol Thamrongarttanarit from Thailand, Joko Anwar from Indonesia, Shanjhey Kumar Perumal and Dain Said from Malaysia, Ng Ka Leung from Hong Kong as well as director of extravagant North Korean musical Nichoals Bonner and the actress of Bengali origin Shahana Goswami.


The jubilee program abounded in the most interesting positions of the last season, the most interesting and the most original items from the doorbell of the avant-garde Japanese resident Sion Sono. We have discovered the cinematography of the most closed country in the world - North Korea. We returned to the subject of experiencing trauma in films referring to the Fukushima disaster in 2011. As every year, there were also films that boldly play with the movie genre convention. The main sections were supplemented by short films by Nguyen Trinh Thi and restored cinema classics. We also presented short films of students from Hong Kong, from the Fresh Wave program from 2015.

Competition: New Asian Cinema

The most important section was the competition "New Asian Cinema", containing the most interesting and original productions from the rapidly developing continent: interesting forms, touching themes and rational voices of new generations of artists who are making their place on the map of world cinema such as the young director from Thailand Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit.

People's Jury awarded the main prize to " Apocalypse Child" by Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez - "For the affectionate portrayal of Filipino identity in its global, local, and individual dimensions, for a humorous, yet complex confrontation with the micro legacies of colonialism, and for its universal thematic and visual appeal." The Special Mention went to " Ordinary People" directed by Eduardo Roy Jr., "for its moving and thrilling portrayal of individual determination, for the effective creation of empathy through its distinctly cinematic language, and its electrifying portrayal of Manila."

Fukushima: 5 years later

The "Fukushima: Five Years Later" section was a reminder of what a huge disaster it was in March 11, 2011 in Japan. This trade show has found its reflection in art: also in genre cinema, which deals with the topic of dealing with trauma and experiencing it. Artists in an original way potraftowali this topic, using metaphors and unusual aesthetic conventions.


We have brought the silhouette of one of the most original voices of contemporary cinema in the "Portrait: Sion Sono" section. Director, painter, performer, musician, poet and experimenter, combining extreme forms of genre cinema into a social criticism. The review included his groundbreaking films that not only changed the fate of the artist himself, but also moved several boundaries in the world cinema


The honorary prize in the New Cinema Asia competition for the first time in the history of the festival was awarded by the international NETPAC Jury consisting of Bina Paul, Wafa Ghermani and Mara Matta. The NETPAC organization aims to promote less developed Asian cinematographies and supports them on their way to the festivals and international markets. The jury awarded "Tharlo" directed by Pema Tseden from Nepal "for its distinctive aesthetics and exceptional cinematography in narrating a tale of alienation and disillusionment."


As every year the People’s Jury consisted of 11 enthusiasts of cinema and Asian cultures, selected through the competition. The jurors took part in workshops and discussions as well as sessions leading to selection of the best feature of the New Asian Cinema section. The Grand Prix prize in the amount of 2,500 Euro was founded by the Director of the Polish Film Institute, Ms Magdalena Sroka.


For the first time, the festival was accompanied by a convention of representatives of the most important Asian film festivals in Europe. The meeting aimed to strengthen cooperation between European cultural events whose program focuses on the Asian cinema. Visitors from Udine Far East Film Festival, FICA Vesoul, Camera Japan, Chinese Visual Festival and Kosice Art Festival came to Warsaw. It was an opportunity to exchange experiences and set common goals for the future in promoting Asian cinema in Europe.

festival in film 

All the most important events of Five Flavors were accompanied by a camera - the festival chronicle can be seen here.

Media support: Filmweb, TVP2, Gazeta.pl, CoJestGrane, TVP Kultura, Tygodnik Powszechny, AMS, Tokfm, Miesięcznik KINO, Aktivist!, ResPublica Nowa, VICE, WarsawInsider, 5kilo kultury, Ekrany, CSPA,  etnosystem.pl, Japonia-online, Poka Poka, EasternKicks.com

Partners: Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego, Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, Japan Foundation, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Berlin, Kino Muranów, Kinoteka, Kino Nowe Horyzonty

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