Poland’s Five Flavours Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 11th edition (November 15-22).
As previously announced, the festival will opens with war drama Our Time Will Come (明月幾時有) by Ann Hui, who is also the festival’s filmmaker in focus this year. In addition to Time, the festival will also screen five of her other films: The Way We Are (天水圍的日與夜), A Simple Life (桃姐), Summer Snow (女人四十), Boat People (投奔怒海), and The Secret (瘋劫)..
The festival closes with Bhutanese film Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait. Bhutan has also been chosen as this year’s country-focus retrospective, which also includes Honeygiver Among the Dogs (also featured in the New Asian Cinema competition), The Next Guardian, and Golden Cousin.
The New Asian Cinema competition section features 11 films, including Golden Horse nominees Free and Easy (輕鬆+愉快) and Godspeed (一路順風), as well as Hong Kong’s Mad World (一念無明), Indonesia’s Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak), Japanese indie Yamato (California) (大和（カリフォルニア）), and Vietnam’s KFC. The winning film, to be decided by a group of cinema enthusiast and fans of Asian culture, will win a cash prize of 3,500 euros (US$4,110).
After screening Antiporno (アンチポルノ) last year, the festival will screen two additional films from Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Reboot project: Kazuya Shiraishi’s Dawn of the Felines (牝猫たち) and Akihiko Shiota’s Wet Woman in the Wind (風に濡れた女). The festival will also show the two original Roman Porno films that inspired them – Noboru Tanaka’s Night of the Felines (牝猫たちの夜) and Tatsumi Kumashiro’s Lovers Are Wet (恋人たちは濡れた).
The lineup also includes a road show program organized in collaboration with the Asian Film Awards (more in another post), a marathon of the two Baahubali films, the feature film version of Sion Sono’s television series Tokyo Vampire Hotel, and Naoko Ogigami’s Close-Knit (彼らが本気で編むときは、).
Side events includes an Asian Film Academy program – featuring lectures on the festival’s films – and a presentation of Buddhist legends and tales tied to the Bhutan program.