PRAMANA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Pramana Asian Film Festival is a young independent film festival dedicated to films from the Asian continent.
The second edition will be held in Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy) from the 5th to the 7th of April 2023, at CineTeatro Metropolitano. The entrance is free for the audience.
The festival was created by three Southern Italian and Korean young people who studied together in Milan.
It represents the first program of Eastern cinema in the region, with the objective of offering high quality works from the Asian continent to promote its cultural diversity through the cinema language.
Short films and feature films of different genres and lengths will be presented. The films are selected by a team of programmers to build a program addressed not only to cinema fans or connoisseurs, but to the whole community, in order to promote and popularize the richness of Eastern cultures.
The idea behind the program was born from the our passion for Eastern cinema and culture, together with the awareness that, in Southern Italy, Asia is often object of misunderstandings, stereotypes and prejudices that don’t do justice to its richness.
The differences between the many Asian countries are deep and complex. However, they are too often observed through Western critical perspectives. We want to offer a film program able to narrate Asia from the point of view of those who directly experience it, to stimulate the interest to explore the stories and the traditions from these countries.
For the second edition, we selected 15 films, from China, Korea, Japan, India, Lebanon, Singapore, and Thailand.
The programming team chose the films based on their originality, quality, and ability to show and tell a relevant aspect of their culture.
In the selection we tried to represent different genres, including animation, documentary, dramatic stories and comedies.
The themes that emerged were diverse and varied, although a recurring theme was that of marginalization: social, economic, climate. Almost all the protagonists of the films we chose live on the margins of their context, observing a changing world that often proves merciless toward them.
We have selected three feature films from India to close each day of the festival, with three independent works from three different languages, regions and film industries: Malayalam, Bengali and Hindi.
Each title represents a different genre (documentary, sci-fi mockumentary and fiction) allowing us to show the quality of Indian cinema outside of Bollywood. With different languages and styles, the three films Delhi Dream, Gaganachari, and The Man and the Cloud chronicle the conditions in India and two of its most important cities (Delhi and Kolkata), social and climatic changes, struggles to fight gentrification, and the will to not just survive, but to really live.
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2023
A DOG UNDER A BRIDGE
Director: Rehoo Tang
China | 2022 | 12′
“I am a dog living in the park under a bridge. awooooooo”
A FIRECRACKER STORY
Director: Zhizi Hao
China | 2021 | 20′
On the Chinese New Year’s Eve, a child seeks fireworks despite the law banishing them.
A GUITAR IN THE BUCKET
Director: Boyoung Kim
Republic of Korea |2021| 15′
In a world where you can rent everything from vending machines, a girl wants to be a guitarist.
A PLACE IN BLUE
Director: Seung-eon Yi
Republic of Korea | 2021| 9′
A girl is searching for her mother in a grocery store and in a forest. At the end of the forest, she encounters passages from her mother’s life.
Director: Charles Xiuzhi Dong
China | 2022 | 28′
Three decades of post-revolution China’s history told through the impact it has had on the lives of an entire family.
BLUE CITY SEOUL
Director: Seong-Jun Jeong
Republic of Korea |2020| 29′
A taxi driver cannot take passengers because his last customer left his guitar in his cab.
Directors: Yamini Deen, Christof Schaefer
India | 2020| 72′
Language: English, Hindi, Rajasthani
The Kathputli Colony is the largest community of artists, especially puppeteers, in Delhi. But the government’s plan to redevelop the area is threatening the Colony.
FAREWELL TO MYSELF
Director: Shixiong Luo
China | 2022 | 16′
A woman has been diagonosed with breast cancer for 20 years and her relationship with her husband has been cold and detached. Things change when he’s diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer.
Director: Arun Chandu
India | 2022| 116′
In a dystopic future, three bachelors live in an apocalypse bunker while all around them the earth is convulsed by environmental disasters and a hostile sociopolitical climate.
GREY SOLAR GAME
Director: Seemonta Halder
India | 2021| 19′
Three brothers live alone as outcasts struggling every day to survive.
Director: Pom Bunsermvicha
Thailand | 2021 | 18′
According to Thai superstition, a virgin can ward off rain by planting lemongrass upside down under the open sky.
MIRAI TO FUTURE
Director: Erika Nakayama
Japan | 2022| 20′
Amid urban renewal, the residents in town have various opinions. A small story that follows her and the town’s future.
Director: Yan Qiu Foong
Singapore | 2018| 7′
Language: Chinese, English
Locked in the bathroom at home a boy tries to commit suicide while outside his family members fight over their turn.
THE CLOUD & THE MAN
Director: Abhinandan Banerjee
India | 2021 | 94′
In Kolkata, a man lives with his elderly father, leading an “eventless” life. When his father dies, the world around him begins to crumble and change.
Director: Dania Bdeir
Lebanon | 2022| 15′
On the highest and most dangerous crane in Lebanon, a worker finally manages to express his secret passion and find his freedom.