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0.5 MM Edges Out Competition in Five Flavours

Last Friday, the 9th edition of the Five Flavours Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland ended with a screening of Sono Sion's Love and Peace and the announcement of the People's Jury Awards. Coming up on top was the widely praised...

Five Flavours 2015 Review: THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE Finds Hope In The Darkness

Sleepy Hokkaido sets the stage for an unusual friendship in The Light Shines Only There, in which a stoic young man holding on to a secret pain befriends a yellow-toothed, happy-go-lucky wastrel on parol. Destitution, emotional turmoil abound, yet this...

Five Flavours 2014 Review: SHADOW DAYS, A Bold Critique Of China's Notorious One-Child Policy

Zhao Dayong's meaningful and compelling drama Shadow Days offers an unflinching commentary on pressing social and cultural issues pertinent to contemporary China. The documentary maker's second foray into fiction, it revolves around an ordinary young couple who move into an...

Five Flavours 2014 Review: IN THE DARK, A Ridiculous Mess Of A Horror Film

If there's one thing that may help the viewers at least partially understand why In The Dark is such a poorly executed and totally un-scary horror (or rather an accidental comedy masquerading as a supernatural horror), it's the following story:...

Five Flavours 2014 Review: Psychological Chiller SOUL Centers On A Complicated Father-Son Relationship

What constitutes a soul? What is the connection between a body and a soul? And, hypothetically, if a person's soul were to get replaced by a totally different one, what would happen to its original owner?Mong-Hong Chung's third full-length feature...

Five Flavours 2014 Review: Handsomely Shot 2030 Sinks Under The Weight Of Its Own Ambitions

Second time Vietnamese helmer Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh makes a come back on the international festival circuit with 2030 (Nuoc), a film that conspicuously defies easy categorization by melding elements of a romantic triangle drama, murder mystery, and eco-conscious sci-fi thriller. Originally...

Five Flavours 2014 Preview: Twitch's Top 5 Picks

Voted as one of the best international film festivals in the 2013 Twitch writers poll, Five Flavours is a showcase of East and South-East Asian films focusing on particular countries, genres, directors, and themes. Given that even the most popular and...

Five Flavours 2013 Review: HANYUT/ALMAYER'S FOLLY, A Great Adventure Well Worth A Closer Look

HANYUT (Malay) - Drifting off into peril, without any real way of getting back.The foregoing definition, which appears only after the final scene of the picture, perfectly evokes the tone of Hanyut/Almayer's Folly and emphasizes the omnipresent feeling of an...

Five Flavours 2013 Review: 36 Describes A World Composed Of Digital Memories

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit's minimalist feature confirms a distressing yet completely plausible trend, which defines our age as the one where human memory has lost its true purpose. Though that assumption might sound nonsensical at first, it's not a surprise that people nowadays...

Five Flavours 2013 Review: HOMOSTRATUS, A Surreal Meditation On Contemporary Life

Homostratus, the latest experimental piece from Vietnamese director Siu Pham, went a long and turbulent way from its production phase through to its world premiere here at Five Flavours Film Festival 2013 in Warsaw. Due to some misunderstandings with the distributors,...