This year the Asian Fim Festival Barcelona (AFFBCN) will celebrate its seventh edition with productions from 25 countries of the Asian continent: from Central Asia, going through the Southeast Asia all the way to Oceania. Cinemes Girona, CaixaForum and Filmoteca de Catalunya are the main headquarters of this contest specialised in the best Asian cinema, held in Barcelona from the 30th of October to the 10th of November. As a novelty, on the 4th of October AFFBCN will advance its programme with the section OFF Festival
The festival proposes various cinematographic itineraries through the following sections: Official, Official Panorama, Discoveries, Netpac and Special, all in competition. For the second consecutive time, the festival presents a selection of the Asian Film Awards (AFA), which is awarded annually by the Asian Film Awards Academy based in Hong Kong, and, finally, the Retrospective section, organized by the Japan Foundation and Filmoteca de Catalunya, and that this year is dedicated to the Japanese filmmaker Yasujirō Ozu. Both the AFA and Retrospective films do not compete in the official section in competition.
The vast majority of the more than 100 feature films are made between 2018 and 2019, to which must be added 25 short films and 18 films from the Retrospective section. It is a festival in which both auteur cinema and drama predominate as the quintessential genre.
This year the festival incorporates the OFF Festival with a monograph on Iranian cinema (9 films) that will be shown in the CaixaForum auditorium from October 4 to 31. The OFF Festival also includes the selection of 25 short and medium-length films from the Philippines, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajististan, China, Pakistan and Vietnam, which are scheduled in Room 0 of CaixaForum; 6 documentaries made in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia and Laos at the B the Travel Brand Xperience from October 7 and, lastly, 4 feature films from Afghanistan, Australia, Japan and Mongolia that are screened at the Cinemes Girona every Saturday between October 5 and 26. The 44 productions included in the OFF Festival are from 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Most AFFBCN 2019 films will be screened between October 30 and November 10 in Cinemes Girona. The film “Ayka” (2018) by the Kazakh director Sergei Dvortsevoy will open the curtain with a special session on October 30, while the official opening of the contest will be “Still Human” (2018) by the director Oliver Chan. The closing will star “Dying to Survive” (2018) directed by Wen Muye. The three productions are part of the section dedicated to the Asian Film Awards Academy 2019 and will be screened at Cinemes Girona.
This year’s AFFBCN has four international juries and a young jury made up of young Asians residing in Barcelona, students from Barcelona film schools and young filmmakers.
Casa Asia continues one more year with its commitment so that Barcelona has a festival that gathers the best filmography from the Asian continent, and facilitates public access to productions from this part of the world, as well as the meeting between professionals from the sector and of the film industry. The AFFBCN 2019 has the support of the EFE Agency, Betevé and El Periódico de Catalunya.
Cinemes Girona: C/Girona, 175. Tel. 93118 45 31. Metro Verdaguer. L5
- Price: General admission: 6 euros. Members, season fee holders and students, libraries and others 5 Euros. Season ticket 10 films 40 Euros and season ticket 5 films: 23 Euros.
- Ticket purchase can take place at ticket offices or at http://www.cinemesgirona.cat
CaixaForum: Av. Francisco Ferrer Guardia, 6-8, Tel. 93 476 86 00. Metro Pl. España. L1, L3.
- Price: General admission: 4€. Ticket for Caixabank clients: 2 €
- Ticket purchase at: https://ticketsbarcelona.caixaforum.com/caixaforum_bcn/ca_ES/entradas/evento/9958
Filmoteca Catalunya: Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1-9, 08001 Barcelona. Tel. 93 567 10 70. Metro: L3 Liceu / L2 Paral·lel Bus: 21 / 24/ 59 / 88 / 91/ D20/ H14/ V11/ V13
- Prices: General admission: 4 €. Reduced ticket: 3 €. Tickets for children’s programme: 2 € (Children up to 12 + reduced fee for 2 other people); With Carnet Club Super3, free admission for the card holder + reduced fee for 2 other people. Filmo 10 (valid for 10 sessions): 20 €
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