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The Best Asian Cinema returns to Barcelona with the festival Casa Asia Film Week

The Best Asian Cinema returns to Barcelona with the festival Casa Asia Film Week

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Casa Asia Film Week (CAFW) returns to Barcelona. From the 12th to the 16th of November Cinemes Girona will host this contest with the best Asian cinema of the latest years. More than 40 films, mostly unknown, will allow to get to know the current cinema that is distributed outside commercial circuits and, at the same time, to make a realistic portray of the Asian societies of the 21st century.

The genre that prevails in this second edition of CAFW is drama, but others such as acomedy, action, documentary or animation are also represented. The premiere of the Japanese film Seven Weeks, by Nobuhiko Obayashi, will start off CAFW with an opening gala on Tuesday 11th of November at 8.00pm.

Casa Asia Film Week includes two different sections. The contest Official Section, which will show films of 2013 and 2014 with around 20 titles and the Panorama Section, which covers the rest of titles of 2012 until 2014. CAFW will grant three awards: Casa Asia Film Week Award to the Best Film; Young Jury Award, chosen by students from film schools in Barcelona; and the Public Award. The contest is directed by Menene Gras Balaguer (Casa Asia), whereas the production is led by Toni Espinosa (Cinemes Girona).

If drama and the x-ray of current Asian society will be the cores of the contest, comedy, action, animation and documentaries will also have their place during the five days CAFW lasts. Moreover, attendants can enjoy the trilogy of the famous Japanese TV showman and director Hitoshi Matsumoto, a special section with El llanto de la gacela and discussion with the director Maritza García and a matinee has been programmed for Sunday 16th of November for children.

The second edition of Casa Asia Film Week covers, on the one hand, representative titles of Asian countries with a powerful cinematographic industry, such as China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and Singapore and, on the other, filmographies of countries that do not have the opportunity to be screened in commercial circuits with less international distribution, such as those from Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Pakistan or Malaysia.

Casa Asia Film Week would also like to give special treatment to Iranian cinema. Cinema that had achieved great success years ago, with directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Bahman Ghobadi or Samira Makhmalbaf. The award to the Best Script for Tales by Rakhshan Bani-E'temad at the last Festival of Venice proves that this cinema is alive, together with the titles released between 2013 and 2014, and CAFW would like to display this.

The dramas Ankhon Dekhi (2014) by Indian Rajat Kapoo, the Philippine Norte. The End of History (2013) by Lav Diaz; Wajma (2013) by Afghan Barmak Akram, Beijing Flickers (2012) by Chinese Zhang Yuan, The Owners (2014) by Adilkhan Yerzhanov from Kazakhstan, Nomadic Childhoods (2014) by Christophe Boula from Mongolia, Innocents (2012) by the director from Singapore Chen-Hsi Wong, 500 Miles (2014) by Australian Ashlee Jensen, Nuoc 2030 (2014) by the Vietnamese director Nguyen Vo Nghiem Min, The teacher's diary (2014) by Thai Nithiwat Tharathorn or Iranian Snow (2014) by Mehdi Rahmani and The snow on the Pines (2013) by Peyman Moaadi are only a selection of the titles that will fill the three halls of Cinemes Girona, and Barcelona, of Asian cinema for 5 days.

Regarding the prices, the general admission is 5 Euros and a 4 session ticket is planned for 15 Euros. For students and special sessions tha price is 3 Euros, the one-day-pass, 10 Euros and the pass for the whole festival, 45 Euros. Ticket purchase can be carried out at the ticket office or at

Casa Asia Film Week: bet for Asian cinema with Casa Asia and Cinemes Girona
The first edition of Casa Asia Film Week was born in 2011 as the replacement of BAFF, Barcelona Asian Film Festival, which announced its end in 2010. The director from Hong Kong Ann Hui received the Casa Asia Film Week award 2011 for her cinematographic career and starred one of the retrospectives of the festival. Chinese Buddha Mountain, directed by Li Yu, was the film that won the award to the best long film at the Official Section of festival CAFW 2011.

CAFW is also the expression of the desire to collaborate with Spanish industry and distributors so the best Asian cinema can be displayed.

Represented countries (in alphabetical order) are the following: Afghanistan / Australia / Bangladesh / South Korea / Philippines / India / Indonesia / Iran / Japan / Kazakhstan / Kyrgyzstan / Malaysia / Mongolia / Pakistan / Singapore / Sri Lanka / Thailand / China.

Casa Asia and Cinemes Girona established at the beginning of the year a collaboration to vindicate the screening of Asian cinema and its display in cinemas that are suitable for the purpose. As well as celebrating the second edition of Casa Asia Film Week, every Saturday since March an Asian film series is screened such as the 9th Hong Kong Film Week, "New Korean Cinema", "Bangladesh on the Crossroad" or "Imagine India Barcelona".

Consult all the Asian films available at the media Library or classified by countries


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