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Pramana Asian Film Festival

THE FESTIVAL

Pramana Asian Film Festival is an independent festival and community event in Calabria, Southern Italy.

The third edition will take place in the town of Reggio Calabria, March 27-29, 2024 at CineTeatro Metropolitano. All events will be free admission for the public.

The festival will select short and feature films from the Asian continent, with the aim of spreading its cultural richness through the language of cinema.

The idea behind the program was born from 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 this reason, we intend to select enjoyable movies, able to put together quality, creativity and accessibility. We refuse the idea of an elitist art house cinema, dedicated only to experts and small groups of film enthusiasts but unable to communicate with the general public.

We want to reach especially those who are not used to this type of initiatives and are not familiar with these cultural contents.

THE PROGRAM

For the Official Competition of the Third edition of Pramana Asian Film Festival, we selected 20 films, 17 short films and 3 feature films from: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Korea, Japan, Iran, Nepal, Palestine, Singapore, Taiwan and Turkey.

Among the selected works are 5 National Premieres, 7 European Premieres and one World Premiere.

The films were chosen based on their originality, quality, and ability to show and tell a relevant aspect of their culture.

The winner of BEST ASIAN SHORT FILM category will be awarded with a full scholarship to participate in “KINO GUARIMBA FILM RESIDENCY”, organized by La Guarimba Organization in Calabria. The scholarship has a value of $1500, and covers the participation fee, the accommodation and the training events of Kino Guarimba, an international film training program held in June and September in Southern Italy.


OFFICIAL SELECTION 2024

48 HOURS 

 
 

Director: Azadeh Moussavi
Iran | 2022 | 20′ 
Language: Persian

After three years in prison, Nader is given a furlough to go home. He has 48 hours to become a father to his four years old daughter.

A BRIGHT SUNNY DAY 

夏至前天

Director: Yupeng He
China/USA | 2023 | 20′ 
Language: Chinese – Min Nan

The appearance of a girl on a bright sunny day gently changes the life of a young man.

ALLEY 404 

 

Director: Ting-yu Chang
Taiwan | 2023 | 11′ 
Language: Chinese

An old couple face the difficulties of using new technology in their new apartment.

BITTER

Salça

Director: Burak Oguz Saguner
Turkey | 2022 | 12′ 
Language: Turkish

Four friends become unlikely bystanders to an incident of domestic violence. What will they do?

CHASING A SHOOTING STAR 

 

Director: Haitao Guo
China | 2023 | 98′ 
Language: Chinese

A meteorite falls on Hengduan Mountain in southeastern China. Liu with a group of hunters sets out on a dark search for the meteorite.

CONFUSED BLOOD

 
 

Director: James Cutler
Republic of Korea | 2023 | 16′ 
Language: English, Korean

Richard is a half-Korean living in Seoul, searching for belonging within Korea’s society and culture.

DESTRUCTION

 

Director: Igor Smola
Azerbaijan | 2022 | 22′ 
Language: Azerbaijani

A death-wounded boy breaks into an artist’s studio. A policeman asks strange questions as reality distorts into a cat’s dream.

ESPER X PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCY

Director: Akiyoshi Koba
Japan | 2023 | 89′ 
Language: Japanese

Detective Matsuda, who can use psychic powers, hunts down criminals with the strongest psychic powers, along with Minamino, a detective who hates psychics.

FANXI

 

Director: Monaco SHA
China | 2023 | 30′ 
Language: Chinese

Fanxi is a ghostwriter who drives cabs while pursuing his dream of writing a film. He has to rewrite his screenplay in one night, but is caught up in a strange kidnapping.

FILE

Parvandeh

Director: Sonia K. Hadad
Iran | 2022 | 20′ 
Language: Persian

A 6-year-old mute boy attends a pre-school health screening with his mother. At the test, he makes a decision that changes everything.

HAMZA – CHASING THE GHOST CHASING ME

حمزة – أطارد شبحًا يطاردني

Director: Ward Kayyal
Palestine | 2022 | 18′ 
Language: Arabic

Every day, old Hamza goes into the woods to hunt a lion that the villagers do not even believe exists.

KATHMANDU MONSOON



Director: Ngima Gelu Sherpa
Nepal | 2022 | 18′ 
Language: Nepali

An ethnographic study of daily life in a city as a monsoon approaches.

LOVE AT 50

中年情

Director: Tan Wei Ting
Singapore | 2022 | 30′ 
Language: Mandarin Chinese

Kee, a divorced mother of two in her 50s, weighs the prospect of an unlikely romance against its challenges.

LYD

 

Directors: R. Younis, S.E. Friedland
Palestine | 2022 | 80′ 
Language: Arabic, Hebrew

A story of a city that once connected Palestine to the world – what it once was, what it is now, and what it could have become.

NIGHTS AND DAYS IN AMERICA

美利坚日日夜夜

Director: Louise Zhang
USA/China | 2021 | 11′ 
Language: Mandarin Chinese

Jennifer, is a 17-year-old Chinese girl studying New York. One day, she receives the news of her grandfather’s death.

THE BEE AND THE FLY

蜂蜜与苍蝇

Director: Xia Su
China | 2023 | 7′ 
Language: n/a

The Bee and the Fly live as parasites in the corrupt local society, witnessing day and night the nefarious deeds of power.

THE OLD YOUNG CROW

 

Director: Liam LoPinto
Japan/USA | 2022 | 80′ 
Language: Japanese, Persian

An Iranian boy befriends an old Japanese woman at a graveyard in Tokyo.

THE SPRAYER

 

Director: Farnoosh Abedi
Iran | 2022 | 9′ 
Language: Mandarin Chinese

In a land where no one can grow any kind of plant, a soldier finds a seed planted deep in the dust, starting something revolutionary.

WILL YOU LOOK AT ME

Director: Shuli Huang
China| 2022 | 20′ 
Language: Chinese

A young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown in search of himself and becomes involved in a long conversation with his mother.

YELLOW

Director: Elham Ehsas
Afghanistan/UK | 2023 | 13′ 
Language: Persian

In Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, a woman walks into a chadari store in Kabul to buy her first full-body veil.

CREDITS

ORGANIZATION: Associazione Culturale Pramana 

ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Simone Colistra

FILM SELECTION AND PROGRAMMING: Federica Buccheri, Giorgia Megliola, Haejee Park, Simone Colistra

TRANSLATION AND SUBTITLING: Stefania Erra 

COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA: Simone Colistra

ILLUSTRATION: Giada Puccinelli