Asia House announces its seventh annual Film Festival

Still from the film Passion (Mongolia, 2010) which will be screened during the Asia House Film Festival 2015 as part of a retrospective of Mongolian cinema

Still from the film Passion (Mongolia, 2010) which will be screened during the Asia House Film Festival 2015 as part of a retrospective of Mongolian cinema

Asia House announces its seventh annual Film Festival

05/02/15

By Naomi Canton

Asia House is thrilled to announce that the seventh annual Asia House Film Festival will take place from 27 March to 31 March, 2015, generously supported once again by Prudential plc.

The 2015 Festival’s newly appointed Artistic Director Jasper Sharp has been working hard selecting films and putting together the programme.

Set to receive its greatest level of visibility and public support to date, the Festival, which is now in its seventh year, is being sponsored by Prudential plc for the fifth year running.

The Asia House Film Festival aims to premiere dynamic and challenging cinema from across Asia – from Cambodia to Indonesia and from Mongolia to Japan.

It specialises in representing the changing cultural landscape of Asia through a line-up of around 10 films and aims to showcase the most stimulating filmmaking voices from across the continent.

The 2015 Asia House Film Festival will take place at venues across London over the course of five days, in what has become a major celebration of Asian cinema.

Festival venues this year will be the Ham Yard Theatre in Soho for the Opening Gala Night screening, as well as Rich Mix in Shoreditch, The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury and The Cinema Museum in Kennington.

To date the Festival has previewed and premiered Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain; Unforgiven; Dangerous Liaisons (2012); The Tale of Iya; The Shape of the Night; Kami’s Party; Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy; Hero; Norwegian Wood; The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Beyond Outrage, whilst past festival guests include Ravi Kumar, Lee Sang-il, Nawapol Thamrongattanarit, Tetsuichiro Tsuta, Gurinder Chadha, Ken Loach, Riz Ahmed, Zhang Yimou, Rinko Kikuchi and Tran Anh Hung.

Growing year on year, it has received extensive press coverage in film and culture magazines such as Time Out, Sight & Sound magazine, The New Statesman, Guardian Guide, The Evening Standard and many other newspapers and magazines, as well as on national radio.

Sharp said: “I’m really excited about working with Asia House on this year’s Festival, and using this opportunity to bring to London some truly original, exciting and thought-provoking visions of and from the region. I aim to be showing work by filmmakers both new and old, and not just from the usual areas Asian cinema fans are accustomed to seeing films from, showing that the range of cinema produced across the continent throughout the decades is far more rich and diverse than imagined.”

The full Festival programme details will be released on the Asia House website here soon.

naomi.canton@asiahouse.co.uk

To read more about our film programme click here.

To read about the appointment of Jasper Sharp as our new Asia House Film Festival Artistic Director click here.