November 2002 Asiaticafilmmediale returns with a larger program,
than 30 new films - Italian premieres and art films, box
office hits and indipendent cinema from: Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazhakstan, Khirgizistan,
Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, Mongolia,
Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
festival will feature some special events:
on Calcutta. Images from the metropolis: from silent movies
to the renaissance of the new Indian frontier.
to Girish Karasavalli: The great indian filmmaker will
attend the screening of three of his most important movies.
Kasaravalli became popular to national and international
audiences with Ghatashraddha (The Ritual, 1977),
winner of a Golden Lotus as best indian movie in 1978. The Film
Archive of Paris selected for the Cinema hundredth anniversary celebrations
Ghatashraddha –only indian film - as one of the best 100 in
the world. All the eight movies directed by him won international
and national prizes. In 1998 and in 2002 his movies Thayi
Saheba and Dweepa won the the President’s Golden
Lotus as the best movie of the year.
Merchant. During the last 35 years “Merchant Ivory
Productions” by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory produced several
well-known features: Room with a view, The remains of the day and
Howards end, becoming one of the most prolific film industry in
the world wide. Ismail Merchant directed himself many movies, among
others In Custody, taken by Anita Desai’s novel. Merchant
will attend Asiatica Film Mediale to present his last work, The
Mystic Masseur, taken by the Nobel Prize 2001 indian writer
program on new Japanese cinema: Kurosawa’s Shohei
original thriller Séance,
Day: 4 films from the new generation of thai directors
The most interesting movies from the newcome thailandese production
that charmed international festival audiences: from the explosive
Dangerous Bangkok filmamkers the adrenalinic thriller One
Take Only by Oxide and Danny Pang, and the moving revelation
Mon-rak Transistor, by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, brillant
filmmaker already known for 6ixtyn9, I-san Special by
vs. Asia: the most recent European eye over Asia: documentaries
on Afghanistan –the wisdom of a back-to-life after Talebans
regime of Il piccolo gioco, by Paolo Grassini and
Beniamino Natale – and over Birmania – sexual excursus
through the media in Friends in High Places, by
Lindsey Merrison. Shinomiya Hiroshi’s hard portrait of philippines
shantytown in God’s Children, Tino Saroenggalo’s
student revolt in The Army Forced Them To Be Violent,
Rom and Viet Nam by Yervant
Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, the
exclusive interview with Pol Pot in Le Mystere Pol Pot,
by Adrian Maben.
film directors will attend the festival, presenting their
films to the Italian audience and press, and participating to a
round table on Asian Cinema with Italian producers, distributors,
and film critics.
The cultural association Mnemosyne is organizing
the third edition of "Asiaticafilmmediale", a festival
of Asian Cinema (non competitive), to be held at Ambra Jovinelli
Theatre, in Rome, Italy, from November 17 to 24, 2002.
two editions have been very successful, both in terms
of audience and press reviews, demonstrating the interest
in Italy for the films from this part of the world.
Asiaticafilmmediale is a non-profit event, with no entrance
fee, funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Municipality
of the City of Rome, with the cooperation of the Japan Foundation
and several Asian Embassies in Rome, and supported by various
Italian distributors and national associations of film critics.