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The 4th Edition of the Barcelona Asian Film Festival arrives with Novelties

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Casa Asia Film Fest, the Asian Film Festival in Barcelona, which reaches its 4th edition this year, will be held between the 4th and 13th of November in two different venues in the city and will screen around 80 films from 20 different Asian countries. The contest will be mostly held in Girona Cinema, but a part of the programme will be shown at CaixaForum. Extending screening venues is one of the novelties of the festival.

This new edition of Casa Asia Film Fest (CAFF) presents a new offer of Asian cinematographies, mostly of 2015 and 2016, that can't normally be found in commercial cinemas and that cover a wide range of genres being drama its main genre. These films have something in common that has occurred throughout all the editions because they all show a portray of diversity in contemporary Asian societies.

On Friday 4th of November the preview will take place in CaixaForum with the New Zealand film “The Great Maiden’s Blush” (2016) by Andrea Bosshard and hane Loader, followed by a dozen films that will be screened there and in Girona Cinema until the 9th of November, as an advance for fans of Asian cinema.

On Wednesday 9th of November at Girona Cinema the official opening of the festival will take place with the film "Dong Ju, the portrait of a poet" (2016) by the director Lee Joon Ik. Until the 13th of November Cinema Girona and CaixaForum will screen the rest of the titles.

Sections, Awards and Jury

This edition adds new sections, five in total. As well as the Official Section (20 films) and the Panorama Section (18), both contesting and where the main novelties of years 2015 and 2016 will compete, we add Discoveries (14) with unknown films to be discovered, Special (16) for emerging Asian cinematographies that includes a retrospective of Sherman Ong with 8 short films, and Philippine Classics (7), with s section of films of the called New Philippine Cinema in the 70s.

There will be a total of 11 awards. 3 prizes for the best film, best director and best script for the Official section and the Panorama section. Casa Asia will give a honour prize to the Malaysian film "Redha" for its sensitivity towards a social problem (autism) and they will also grant the prize of the Audience. These prizes will be granted by three juries: jury of the Official section, Panorama section and Youth jury.

Out of the 80 films the 4th Barcelona Asian Festival, the director of the festival, Menene Gras Balaguer, highlights this dozen:

1.Ah-ga-ssi (The Handmaiden) | Park Chan-Wook | 2016 | 145 '| Thriller, Drama, Romance (OCS). Korea. 2. Amanat | Narymbetov Satybaldy | 2015 | 127 '| Drama (OCS). Kazakhstan. 3. Ava | Siamak Kashef Azar | 2014 | 80 '| Drama (DS). Iran. 4. Lun Dhadakne do | Zoya Akthar | 2015 | 170 '| Drama. India. 5. Dong Ju: The Portrait of a Poet | Lee Joon ik | 2016 | 111 '| Drama (OCS). Korea. 6. Journey to the Shore | Kiyoshi Kurosawa | 2015 | 127 '| Drama, Fantasy, Romance (OSC). Japan. 7. Mina Walking | Yosef Baraki | 2015 | 110 '| Drama (OCS). Afghanistan. 8 Paths of the Soul | Zhang Yang | 2015 | 117 '| Drama (OCS). China. 9. Redha | Tunku Mona Riza | 2016 | 115 '| Drama (OS). Malaysia. 10. Snap | Kongdej Jaturanrasmee | 2015 | 105 '| Romance (PCS). Tailandia. 11. The Great Maiden’s Blush | Andrea Bosshard, Shane Loader | 2016 | 108 '| Drama (PSC). New Zealand. 12. Yellow Flower from the Green Grass | Victor Vu | 2015 | 102 '| Drama, Romance (PSC). Vietnam.

According to Gras this selection of "essential" films all cover the representativity of topics that approach as the singularity of narrative discourse about the respective national identities they represent.

The 4th edition of the Barcelona Asian Film Festival is organised by Casa Asia, in collaboration with Girona Cinema and CaixaForum, the institutional support of the Department of Culture of Generalitat de Catalunya and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECID), embassies of represented countries and the sponsorship of Cathay Pacific, Crowne Plaza Barcelona-Fira Center Matsuri Restaurant. The cultural agenda Butxaca is the collaborating media.

Practical Information


Screening venues: Cinemes Girona and CaixaForum

Girona Cinema C / Girona, 175. Tel. 93118 45 31. Metro Verdaguer. L5

Prices: General admission: 6 €. Tickets for students, members and season ticket holders of Girona Cinema: 5 €. 10 session ticket: 20 €. Tickets for the complete festival: 45 €. Timetable: Wednesday to Sunday at 4.00pm.

CaixaForum Av. Francisco Ferrer Guardia, 6-8, Tel. 93 476 86 00. Metro Pl. España. L1, L3. Timetable: Mondays to Sundat¡ys and public holidays from 10.00am to 8.00pm. Prices: General admission: 4 €. Tickets for Caixabank clients: 2 €

Ticket purchase can be carried out at the ticket office or at


Caff Website: (it will be updated on the 20th of October)

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