Menene Gras Balaguer
Director of the Casa Asia Film Festival

In this 4th Edition, the Barcelona’s Asian Film Festival, is focused on the visual representations of the space-time of the different cultures from the continent. From East to West and from North to South, the festival’s programme covers a wide geography that integrates nation and narration in Asia, as the equivalents of spaciality and temporality which builds up our societies, beyond the historical continuity that belongs to the former one. Each nation is constituted through its narration, and this one acquires a meaning when being identified with cultures where these concepts are based on. If in the last edition, Asian cinema was seen from the cultural turn of geography and from the emphasis of critical geography on the construction of imaginaries directly related to physical “spaces”, this year the festival tries to adapt itself to the concepts of nation and narration from the perspective laid out by the post-colonial discourse and particularly Homi K. Bhabha, more interested in the constitutive aspects of cultural difference than in the difference itself. Asian cinema is neither a category nor a genre, but a space of spaces where cultures live together with common roots and cross-border identities. Actually, the festival can be thought of a laboratory of experiences that happen through the dialogue with other cultures, where nations define and defend their constitutive subjectivity in spite of the strength of cultural internationalism and economic globalization. This year’s choice covers a wide geographical space that begins in the former soviet republics, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and that extends to Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. From one end to the other there are 12000 kms of land which are divided by many borders and about twenty countries that vindicate a local identity opposing a natural resistance to cultural globalization which will never happen to be in spite of appearances.


Direction and Programing
Menene Gras Balaguer

Menene Gras Balaguer
Rodrigo Escamilla Sandoval

General Coordination
Rodrigo Escamilla Sandoval

Coordinator Assistant
Laia Navarro Alós
Clàudia Mateu Vidal

Cinemes Girona Direction
Toni Espinosa

Technical Assistance
Giulliana Burneo

Translation and Subtitles
36 Caracteres
Ernesto Rubio
Karl Pedall

Esteban Audueza
Carmen Bedolla
Oihana Montilla Ojeda
Berta Sellarès Gómez
Inés Romero

Catalogue Design and Layout
Oihana Montilla Ojeda
Laura Martín Cáceres

Texts Translations (catalogue and web)
Albert Llobet Romero
Marina Cervera Teruel

Casa Asia Communication Department

Festival Website
SÖMI Graphic Studio

Resource Management
Adelaida Rodríguez

Sponsorship Manager
Pedro Ralda

Daniel Trujillo
Jennifer Carvajal Jiménez
Anna Lafora Blaise
Edgar Pérez
Anna Custodi

Iu Gorina Riba
Pol Fernández Amoròs
Cristian Moreno
Francisco Sempere


To all Casa Asia’s staff members

Cinemes Girona
Toni Espinosa
Maria Angels Amorós
Giulliana Burneo
Fabio Maestri
Yocaris Medes

Valentí Farràs
Josep Miquel del Campo Andión

Ajuntament de Barcelona
Institut de Cultura

Generalitat de Catalunya
Department de Cultura
Direcció General de Política Lingüística

Jorge Peralta
Elvira Cámara

Cathay Pacific
Magda Briet
Silvia Carbonell

Crowne Plaza
Maria José Martinez

Consejería Cultural de la Embajada de la R.I. de Irán en España
Mohammad Hassan Fadaidard
Alireza Esmaeili
Alireza Joleini

Farabi Foundation
Amir Esfandiari
Mahsa Fariba

Embajada de Kazajstán en España
Bakyt Dyussenbayev
Rinat Dyussembayev
Rakhman Yessengulov

Kazakhfilm Studios
Kassymbekova Aizhan

Embajada de Nueva Zelanda en España
Michael Swain
Raúl Baigorri
Daniela Rigoli

Embajada de Australia en España
Virginia Greville
Silai Zaki
Raquel Mallo

Film Asean
Briccio Santos
Steve T. Sagun

Japan Foundation
Shoji Yoshida
Alejandro Rodríguez Medina

Centro Cultural Coreano
Suhee Chae
Eunyoung Cho

Casa de la India
Guillermo Rodríguez
Shamina Rasiwala
David Rodríguez Gómez

Rosa Arcas

Víctor Xirau
Cristina Reventós
Xela Falgueras

36 Caracteres

Jesús Cartañà

Escola de Mitjans Audiovisuals

Escola de Cinema de Barcelona

Escola Superior de Cinema i Arts de Catalunya

Bande à Part Escuela de Cine

Casa del Cine


Official Section

Jevons AU (Hong Kong)
Mike Hostench
Haris Sulong and Turku Mona Riza (Malaysia)
Briccio Santos (Philippines)
Cho Young Jung (Korea)

Panorama Section

David Blanco
Àlex Murrull
Elena Neira
Sherman Ong (Singapore)
John Prskalo

Youth Jury

Daniel Molina
Joan-Pol Argenter
Sergi Panizo
José Gutiérrez
Rubén Seca Carol
Julieta Estefanell