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Five Flavours Now An Official Distributor For Asian Films

Poland’s only film fest dedicated to Asian cinema launches its distribution arm.

 

Asian cinema has widened its reach further into Eastern Europe, thanks to Five Flavours, the only annual film festival in Poland that presents solely South, East, and South-East Asian films. Five Flavours has showcased contemporary and classic Asian films from all around the region for 11 consecutive years to a wider Polish audience each November in Warsaw, and they’re expanding the scope even farther by launching their distribution channel, also called “Five Flavours.”

Asian films are not commonly shown in wide screenings at Polish cinemas, with only a few titles being released each year. In spite burgeoning demand for Asian-themed films to be showcased in the region (for instance, Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy or the recent domination of South Asian films in Fribourg Film Festival in Switzerland ), Asian releases hardly receive media publicity in Poland, and the ones that rarely make it receive very limited arthouse distribution with not much fanfare.

Five Flavours aims to fill this gap in the local market and bring more attention to Asian cinema in Poland with the launch of its new distribution label as a way to showcase Asian films not just for a week in November, but throughout the whole year. Five Flavours kicks its slate off with 3 compelling full-length feature titles to be released theatrically by this Autumn, starting off with Apocalypse Child, the critically-acclaimed Filipino drama directed by Mario Cornejo and produced by Monster Jimenez. Apocalypse Child, which is scheduled for release on 6 October, 2017, was the Best Film at the 10th annual Five Flavours Film Fest last year.

Bhutanese mystery thriller, Honeygiver Among The Dogs, by Dechen Roder, which was a crowd favorite at this year’s 67th Berlin International Film Festival, will be released next. Indonesian feminist western, Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts, by Mouly Surya, which was presented to much acclaim at this year’s Director’s Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes, follows suit.  All three Asian films highlight that Five Flavours is a distributor open to explore any genre.

This year’s 11th edition of Five Flavours Film Festival is scheduled in Warsaw from 15 to 22 November, 2017. Selected titles will also be showcased simultaneously in November with New Horizons, Five Flavours Film Festival’s partner cinema, in the Polish city of Wroclaw.

For more information about Five Flavours, check out their website here: http://www.piecsmakow.pl/

 

 

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Janice freelances as a Screenwriter and Director in the Philippines and the U.S., but her first, great love will always be Creative Writing. She's contributed for dailies and magazines in her island hometown of Cebu from the age of 14. One of her most exciting writing gigs was in the Film section of the now-defunct lifestyle webzine, Limité, in which she got to interview one of her filmmaker heroes, Richard Linklater in New York City in 2012. When she's not writing or daydreaming up stories, Janice loves to go backpacking around small islands, making driftwood art, and playing with her Shih-Poo dog, Brandy.

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