Hey London! Check Out The Incredible Asia House Film Festival Line-Up
Boasting a mouth-watering line-up of features, shorts, documentaries and animation from such far flung corners of the continent as Afghanistan, Mongolia, Laos and Myanmar, as well as the more familiar climes of Japan, China and South Korea, the Asia House Film Festival offers British audiences a rare opportunity to catch films that might go otherwise unseen - even within Asia.
Proceedings kick off with the European Premiere of Stranger (Zhat), Kazakhstan's official entry for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and hailed as a "majestic outdoors epic...redolent of Akira Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala". The screening will be preceded by Marc Johnson's Franco-Chinese short YúYú.
Other films of note at the festival include South Korean gaming documentary State Of Play (pictured), documentary Live From UB, about the Mongolian rock music scene, the European Premiere of Kazakhstani hitman thriller Little Brother (Kenzhe) and a special screening of Iawi Shunji's animated prequel The Case Of Hana And Alice.
Also screening are Tajikistani drama 40 Days Of Silence, Chinese doc Factory Boss, Laotian backpacker doc Banana Pancakes And The Children Of Sticky Rice, Korean teen comedy Seoul Searching, coming-of-age story The Monk from Myanmar and the UK premiere of Mina Walking, about life in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Almost every feature film also has an accompanying short film playing in front of it, giving you even more bang for your buck.
Wrapping up the festival on 5 March is a special Singaporeana Day at The Cinema Museum, showcasing a trilogy of classic British and American films shot in the region, including Pretty Polly (1967) starring Hayley Mills, The Virgin Soldiers (1969) starring Lynn Redgrave and Peter Bogdanovich's Saint Jack (1979), starring Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott and George Lazenby. The screenings will be accompanied by a panel discussion on British/Hollywood films shot in Singapore.
If you are in the area, you owe it to yourself - and to Asian Cinema - to get yourself to at least some of these screenings and help broaden your own knowledge of Asian Cinema, as well as help more events like this take place in the future.