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Asian Film Festival. Barcelona, ​​the best Asian cinema in one festival

Asian Film Festival. Barcelona, ​​the best Asian cinema in one festival

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Asian Film Festival. Barcelona (AFFBCN), the contest specialised in Asian cinema of Barcelona will be held between the 2nd and 12th of November at three main venues: Cinemes Girona, Caixaforum and Filmoteca de Catalunya, and at the fifth edition more than a hundred films will be screened -119 in total - from 25 Asian countries. This effort to give continuity to an Asian film festival in Barcelona has come from Casa Asia.

The programme of the festival, with films of 2015, 2016 and 2017, is divided in 6 sections where the selecton of titles can be found. These sections are the following respectively: Official Section (19 long films), Panorama Section (19) Netpac Section (18) –three to contest-; Discoveries Section (13), Special Section (13), and "Retrospective" Section with 15 films and that is devoted to the Taiwanese film maker Hsiao Hsien-Hou. AFFBCN also includes a programme of short films with 22 titles.

"The purpose of the festival is to create a meeting and intercultural dialogue point with Asia, being cultural diversity and gender issues one of the most relevant aspects. For this reason, all films have a common denominator, which has been repeated since the first edition, because they all aim to display a contemporanean portray of respective Asian communities, people and nations", according to Menene Gras Balaguer, director of the contest and of the department of Culture and Exhibitions of Casa Asia.

The purpose is to approach and spread the values of cinematographies of the region of Asia and the Pacific, from Central Asia to New Zealand, at a festival addressed to fans of Asian cinema and fans of cinema in general, being everyday life in all its ways an essential element in most of screened titles. This is whay the predominating cinematographic gender is drama.

More than a hundred films from the Asian continent between the 2nd and 12th of November

This year the festival will begin at CaixaForum with a preview on the 2nd of November, with the screening of the film Bench Cinema by the Iranian director Mohammad Rahmanian, and it will be officially opened at Girona Cinema, on the 8th of November, with the last film by Naomi Kawase, Hikari (Radiance), which was presented at last Cannes Festival and will be premiered in our country. The closing session will be held on the 12th of November at Girona Cinema with the long film Memoir of a Murderer by the film director Won Shin-yun.

Among the filmography presented at AFFBCN, the Festival highlights Iranian cinema with 10 titles, and Japanese, Korean and Kygystan cinema with 9 each. Other represented countries are the following: Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, China, Australia, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan/China, Vietnam and New Zealand.

As well as the preview and the opening film, the Festival suggests the following 10 titles out of the whole programme: Fantasy of the Girls (2016) by Ahn Jung-Min (Korea), Railway Children (2016) by Prithvi Konanur (India), Dawn of the Felines (2016) by Kazuya Shiraishi (Japan), Ta’ang (2016) by Wang Bing (Hong Kong), A Father’s Will (2016) by Bakytbek Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu (Kyrgyzstan), Winter Story (2016) by Tulga Bayarkhuu  (Mongolia), Bangkok Nites (2016) de  Katsuya Tomita (Tailàndia, Holanda i França), Memoir of a murderer (2017) de Won Shin-yeon (Corea), Wolf and Sheep  (2016) de  Sharbanoo Sabat (Afghanistan), and Diamong Island (2016) by Davy Chou (Cambodia).

The long films can be seen at the three main venues of the contest: Girona Cinema, CaixaForum and Filmoteca de Catalunya and at the following other locations: Hotel Generator, Museu de la Immigració, Soho House de Barcelona and Singuerlin Library of Santa Coloma de Gramanet.

Asian Film Festival. Barcelona will award a total of 10 prizes: award to the Best Film, Best Director and Best Script for the official section to contest and for Panorama; the award Netpac -Networwing for the Promotion of the Asian Cinema- to the best film of the Special section and Discoveries; and two more awards: Public and Jury. These awards will be granted by 4 juries: jury of the official section, Panorama, Netpac, and the Youth jury.

The contest, which also includes complementary activities, will extend its activity with a selection of titles for a dozen of towns of the province of Barcelona.

The Festival also aims to compensate the lack of commercial distribution of films that the market does not bring to our country, promoting the access of the Spanish public to high quality Asian productions and an encounter of professionals of the sector and of the film industry.

Asian Film Festival. Barcelona (previously, Casa Asia Film Festival) in 2011 tooks over the Barcelona Asian Film Festival (BAFF), and aims to become an international reference festival and to become a bridge between other festivals that have Asian presence in their programmes such as Cines del Sur (Granada), Gijón Film Festival, Festival de Cinema Fantàstic de Sitges, and San Sebastian Film Festival.

The previous name of the festival "Casa Asia Film Festival" has been replaced by Asian Film Festival. Barcelona, taking into account it's a festival of and for the city but open to the public who is a fan of good Asian films​​.

Website of Asian Film Festival. Barcelona:

Hashtag: #AFFBCN

Practical information:

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

Prices: General admission 6 Euros. Members, season ticket holders and students, libraries and others 5 Euros.
10 film ticket 40 Euros and 5 film ticketi 23 Euros.
Purchase of tickets can be done at the ticket office or at

CaixaForum Av. Francisco Ferrer Guardia, 6-8, Tel. 93 476 86 00. Metro Pl. España. L1, L3.

Prices: General admission: 4 €. Admission for Caixabank clients: 2 €
Ticket purchase at:

Filmoteca Catalunya l Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1-9, 08001 Barcelona. Telèfon. 93 567 10 70. Metro: L3 Liceu / L2 Paral·lel Bus: 21 / 24/ 59 / 88 / 91/ D20/ H14/ V11/ V13

Prices: Individual ticket: 4 €. Reduced ticket: 3 €. Ticket for children: 2 € (children up to 12+reduced price for two other people); with Carnet Club Super3, reduced ticket for the card holder + reduced price for two other people. Filmo 10 (valid for 10 sessions): 20 €  
Ticket purchase at the ticket office.

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