Some Asian film industries rule their continent, like India, which produces over a 1,000 films a year – 200 more than Hollywood – but film from countries such as Vietnam or Indonesia barely register on the cinematic map.
And whilst many mainstream Bollywood films make it to London multiplexes, films from creative film talents in other parts of Asia and the Middle East more often than not don’t ever make it to these shores.
That’s why the Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival – from March 9th - 18th – will be showcasing award-winning films from countries including Iran, Kazakhstan, Tibet, Taiwan and South Korea. The lively programme features a diverse range of genres, from drama and comedy to romance and adventure, and there will be a number of Q&A sessions with cast and crew to coincide with the screenings.
Highlights of the fest include Starry Starry Night from Hong Kong (which visually, takes inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night), The Tibetan The Sun Beaten Path which follows a young man’s journey from Lhasa to his home in a remote part of the north-eastern Tibetan Plateau and 11th Flower - a heart-warming, semi-autobiographical story set in the latter days of the Cultural Revolution and wraps up the festivities on March 18th.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to gain unique access and insight into life across the diverse cultures and countries of the Asian continent. Not to mention witness some exciting new filmmaking talent. (Words: Aoife Moriarty)
For more info visit: http://asiahouse.org/arts-and-culture/pan-asia-film-festival/2012-festival-programme