Five Flavours Festival
Each year the Five Flavours Festival grows in both size and scope. While the first edition started out as a low-key Vietnamese movie festival, it has now grown into a more international event, with films from across the entire continent. This year’s seventh edition of the festival will present 35 Asian movies, both new and old.
Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster
Courtesy of Five Flavors Festival
For the first time this year, the festival extends its range to encompass South Asia, with the screening of Sri Lankan movie “With You, Without You,” directed by Prasanna Vithanage. A drama set in post-war Ceylon, the film is inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “A Gentle Creature” and tells a story of an uneasy relationship between a Tamil woman and her Sinhalese husband.
Besides that, the New Asian Cinema section will present the latest movies from the continent. “Focus: Hong Kong” will showcase both classic and new titles from the Chinese outpost, which has a long history of filmmaking. There will also be a retrospective of films by Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima as well as a marathon of Asian thrillers and horror movies.
Two pictures will have their European premieres at the festival: “Hanyut/Almayer’s Folly,” by Malaysian director U-Wei Bin Haji Saari, and “Homostratus” from Vietnam’s Siu Pham. Other notable festival entries include two of the candidates for the next year’s Academy Award Best Foreign Film category. “The Grandmaster” by Wong Kar-Wai and Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo” are Hong Kong’s and Singapore’s nominees for the coveted award.
Tickets start at zł.17
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