Across Asia Film Festival is a new festival focused on most interesting languages of recent cinematographic production from Asia, with the goal of promoting the encounter between Italian and foreigners communities and developing cultural exchanges.
31 Maggio – 1 Giugno 2014
MAXXI Museo delle arti del XXI secolo – Roma
In collaboration with
MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
Ambasciata della Repubblica delle Filippine, Fondazione Roma Solidale,
Sardegna Film Commission, Film Development Council of the Philippines
Artistic direction: Stefano Galanti – Maria Paola Zedda
Across Asia Film Festival is a new festival focused on the most interesting languages of recent cinematographic productions from Asia, with the goal of deepening the knowledge of specific areas, showing its great contribution in terms of aesthetic research, innovation and experimental languages from Asia on the worldwide scene. The festival also has the main purpose to promote the encounter between Italian and foreign communities, developing cultural exchanges, showing a different and unconventional way to look at the Asian continent and its representations, far from the standards and usual mainstream views. After the great success of its first edition held in Cagliari in May 2013, Across Asia Film Festival opens this year in Rome, hosted in the prestigious location of MAXXI Museum. On May 31st – June 1st Across Asia will present a focus on Filipino New Wave and a preview of its second edition that will take place in Cagliari in September, with a focus on Chinese – Taiwan – Hong Kong independent scenes, during two days of screening, events and meetings. Special guest of the festival will be the filipino director Khavn De La Cruz, best know as the Takashi Miike of Philippines, who will offer to the Roma audience a masterclass on the guerrilla production and a live piano concert during the screening of the film Kalakala. The event, realized also in New York at MoMA PS1, will close the last day of the festival. MAXXI appeared as one of the most appropriate locations in Rome to present the focus on Filipino New Wave, especially for its urban vocation and identity: a museum centre related with the town, open to a different and heterogeneous community and public. In particular, MAXXI is very closed to the main centres where the Filipino community usually meets up (piazza Mancini and Piazza Manila), so it could be very interesting to project some moments of extraordinary exchanges between cultures and audiences, screening the movies in the Auditorium, all in Tagalog language with English subtitles, and organizing in the open space of the Museum some pop events like contemporary music concerts, cooking and catering by Philippines, street dance and hip hop by Filipino teenagers who live in Rome. It could be a great occasion to create a moment of intersection and dialogue between the Institutional Culture and a multilevel and subterranean part of the city.
“Technology has freed us. Digital film, with its qualities of mobility, flexibility, intimacy, and accessibility, is the apt medium for a Third World Country like the Philippines.” Khavn De La Cruz, Digital Dekalogo
PHILIPINE NEW WAVE: comprehensive guide
FOCUS ON FILIPINO NEW WAVE Filipino New Wave productions, appreciated for some years now in the main festivals of the world such as Rotterdam, Cannes, TIFF (Toronto), Berlin and so on, is a movement of artists, directors, videomakers, born in the early 2000s in the Metro Manila area. Internationally known for their punk attitude, for using suggestions from ‘90s Danish cinema, like Dogma 95 and the first Lars von Trier works, filipino videomakers now stand out in the worldwide cinematographic landscape after a long period of censorship and repression. They internalized the great national cinematographic tradition, in particular the ‘20s experimental approach, the ‘70s realism and the significant lessons by the directors Lino Brocka, Celso ad Castillo and Mike de Leòn internationally known for their social engagement and the exploitation of sex and violence, purposed during the Marcos regime, despite censorship. Otherwise, the range of possibilities come from digital technologies and low cost productions which allow them to shoot what is impossible for the mainstream, to document the most infect and obscured places of Metro Manila underground landscape. Philippine videomakers languages are polyphonic and dystonic: from Lav Diaz’s minimalism to chaotic editing in Lawrence Fayardo, from ironic brutalism and punk vitality in Khavn De La Cruz and Emerson to the pictorial void of Raya Martin till crude realism by Brillante Mendoza, an artist community, focused on the intention of building an avant-garde and on the values of independence. Works by Philippine New Wave are appreciated in the most important film festival (Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam Film Festival, Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, Edinburgh Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, New Filipino Cinema Yerba Buena CA of San Francisco, New York Filipino Film Festival, Cinemalaya), but also in International Contemporary Arts Exhibitions and Istitutions (Documenta 2012 – Raya Martin just as an example). In September 2014, Across Asia Film Festival will open again in Cagliari, with a focus on the Chinese Independent scene and its surroundings: Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Long and short feature films, talks and workshops with the protagonists of an aetherogenous and surprising movement. All the films will be presented for the first time in Italy. Across Asia FF 2014 is realized in collaboration with Philippine Embassy in Rome, Film Development Council of Philippines and the Foundation Roma Solidale. Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission, Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Roma, Comune di Cagliari.