Film Series: AFFB Awards

Filmoteca Española and Casa Asia present a selection of the winning films from the last edition of the AFFB | Asian Film Festival Barcelona (2017). Of all the films, Filmoteca has selected eight titles that are the most representative of this great geographical area extending from Central Asia, the former Soviet republics, to Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. Among the more than one hundred films screened at the festival, the eight Films to be presented at Filmoteca were awarded by some of the five juries of the last edition of the AFFB: the Official Jury, Panorama, NETPAC, Special Sections (Cathay Pacific) and Discoveries (Film Schools). They are experimental and independent films, which is often outside the commercial circuits and somehow only penetrates Europe through festivals that proactively incorporate Asian film in its programming. The selected titles reflect narratives that are built from its territory, navigating the division between space and place, developing the location and time of the action and happenings. Hence, a production like Dawn of the Felines (Best Screenplay for the Official Section) tells stories that the viewer can relate to not so much by the cinematographic aesthetic but by what is narrated. It is a film that gathers three stories of girls who work as “escorts,” but whose loneliness makes them more fragile, finally humanizing them. The topics that are referenced in this programme have to do with the domestic and daily life of large cities in developed countries such as Japan, Iran, New Zealand and India or emerging countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Afghanistan. A Father’s Will, Children of Genghis and Wolf and Sheep are films that narrate the great contrasts still existing between urban life and the rural world, trying to show the distance that in theory is closing between the differences of both landscapes. In A Father’s Will, the diaspora in both directions exposes the extent to which large migrations can affect those involved; first, when they arrive at the place of reception, and second, when they return to their country of origin, where changes that have occurred prevent their rapid adaptation. In Children of Genghis, the Mongolian traditions of wrestling, horse racing and archery defend tradition in the face of change and progress accredited to a second period. Afghanistan, in turn, is one of the most narrated countries in film taking into account what it had contributed to the world history of cinema in the past, although it has scarce native production. In Wolf and Sheep (Best Film in the Panorama Section) a secret country is revealed that at first glance is not seen, while tradition and customs are imposed on a particularly rural society.. The remaining titles of the sample give continuity to topics and problems that lend themselves to the great stories of a contemporary society in which the discrepancias are at the source of great complexity of the conflicts that arise due to the impossibility of integrating tradition and modernity in a global era. For more information about the festival:



Tuesday July 3 rd 2018, 19.00h

DAWN OF THE FELINES, Dir. Kazuya Shiraishi | Japan | 2016 | 84 ‘| VOSE

Three girls who work as escorts live under the sky of Ikebukuro in Tokyo. They work for the same escort service, although they feel alone in their personal lives. Masako has a great deal of debt. Takada, an important client, is unemployed and socially retired. Rie, a housewife, deals with an old widower, Kaneda. Meanwhile, Yui is a single mother with two children, but she is enamored with a young boy so she neglects them. Negative emotions such as aversion, hatred and dispute accumulate in this world of affections that are as prone to an energetic generation as to the sordidness of their parallel lives. As if it were a documentary, Shiraishi uses satire to reference women living in poverty, which still reflects a serious social problem in Japan. Dawn of the Felines won the Best Screenplay Award in the Official Section of the AFFB 2017.


Thursday July 5 th 2018, 21.30h

A FATHER’S WILL, Dir. B. Mukul, D. Zhapar Uulu | Kyrgyzstan | 2016 | 120 ‘| VOSE

After living in the United States as an immigrant for the past fifteen years, Azat flies to the village of his family in Kyrgyzstan. His father, Murat, died a year ago in the United States and his last wish was to return the money he had borrowed from his neighbors in his town. Azat finds his house in ruins. Murat’s younger brother, Choro, and all his friends and acquaintances left a long time ago. Despite the hostility shown by the neighbors to Azat, he rebuilds the family home and pays his father’s debts. One day, Choro returns and answers the most important question of Murat’s last will. A Father’s Will won the Cathay Pacific Award for Best Director.


Friday July 6 th 2018, 18.00h

CHILDREN OF GENGHIS, Dir. Zolvayar Dorj | Mongolia | 2017 | 101 ‘| VOSE

The traditional Mongols had a custom based on three cultural games: Mongolian fighting, horse racing and archery. This film is based on that tradition of horse racing. The best horse racing coach in town, Bold, has a valuable horse that has not yet found a rider. Dambii lives with his wife, Dolgor and their three children, Dorj (12 years old), Bymbaa (8 years old) and Nanzaa (4 years old) in a rural area of ​​Mongolia. All Dambii’s sons have a knack for riding. Bold decides to ask Dambii’s eldest son, Dorj, if he wants to be his horse’s rider. But, the average son of Dambii, Bymbaa, feels rejected for not having been chosen and decides to train his horse in secret. Children of Genghis won the Special Mention Award within the NETPAC 2017 section and the Cathay Pacific Best Photography Award at the AFFB 2017.


Tuesday July 10th  2018, 20.15h

WOLF AND SHEEP, Dir. Shahrbanoo | Afghanistan | 2016 | 86 ‘| VOSE

In rural Afghanistan, people invent and tell stories that are mysterious and full of imagination in order to try to explain the world in which they live. The shepherd children are the owners of the mountains, but they know that boys and girls are not allowed to be together. The boys practice with their slingshots to fight against the wolves, while the girls smoke secretly and play games simulating marriage, dreaming of finding a husband. They whisper about Sediga because they think a curse weighs on her. Qodrat, also eleven years old, becomes the attention of gossip when his mother remarries a man who already has two wives. Qodrat wanders alone through the most isolated places in the mountains, where he meets Sediga and they become friends. Wolf and Sheep won the award for Best Film within the Panorama Section of the AFFB 2017.


Wednesday July 11 th 2018, 19.30h

RAILWAY CHILDREN, Dir, Prithvi Konanur | India | 2016 | 120 ‘| VOSE

Raju escapes from his home at age twelve and arrives in the unknown world of the railway platforms. He is timid and insecure and falls into the hands of a gang. Raju meets one of its members, Jollu—of the same age—who teaches him the tricks of life on the platforms. One day, after a fight with another member of the gang, both lose their daily collection of water bottles and receive an unfair punishment from the leader. Raju thus understands the cruelty of life on the platforms. With the passing of the days, the two become obsessed with being considered men and not children. They realize that while the platforms are divided by gangs that sell fake drinking water, the trains are, nevertheless, open to everyone. Raju and Jollu meet another boy who lives on the platforms and start selling water for themselves while risking their lives. Railway Children won a special mention from the Jury of the Panorama Section, within the AFFB 2017.


Wednesday July 18 th 2018, 18.00h

A FLICKERING TRUTH, Dir. Pietra Brettkelly | New Zealand | 2015 | 91 ‘| VOSE

A Flickering Truth is an outstanding film by director Pietra Brettkelly and a revealing documentary about the current state in Afghanistan today through displaying different events. The protagonists are a group of film enthusiasts who dedicate themselves to digging, preserving and restoring millions of hours of film of Afghanistan’s film past. It was destroyed by the Taliban who saw cinema as part of Western culture and that it must be eliminated. Ibrahim Arify, who was imprisoned for making films under the Mujahideen and had to leave for Germany to start a new life, is the one who leads the efforts to recover this past. He has returned to reconstruct the history of Afghan cinema and to bring a little order to a country where resources are scarce and there is a very difficult need to fight. While Afghanistan is swinging towards an unpredictable future, A Flickering Truth revolves around the world of three dreamers, the destruction caused by 100 years of war and the attempt to restore 800 hours of film archives. A Flickering Truth won the Best Young Jury Film Award (Film Schools) at the AFFB 2017.


Friday July 20 th 2018, 18.00h

HOURA, Dir. Gholamreza Sagharchiyan | Iran | 2015 | 79 ‘| VOSE

In the desert lives a teenager named Hadi within a small garden with his family. Railway contruction and expansion directly affects this family since the waterway has been destroyed. Therefore, the garden is drying up and Hadi tries to do everything possible to preserve it, as it is the only memory that his mother has left. Houra, his younger brother, has fallen ill and refuses to talk. Hadi only expects him to recover soon after the death of his mother. Houra won the Best Screenplay Award, within the Young Jury Section (Film Schools), of the Asian Film Festival. Barcelona, ​​2017.


Tuesday July 24 th 2018, 20.15h

A HOUSE OF 41ST, Dir. Hamid Reza Ghorbani | Iran | 2016 | 90 ‘| VOSE

A middle-class family in Tehran falls apart when one brother kills another for money. The initial dispute between Mohsen and his brother Morteza takes place over the glassware of his widowed mother. They raise their voices and fight. The police cordon off the area and remove the body of Morteza in a bag. The tragedy takes place in the building where the family lives, divided into three different apartments. Mohsen, the murderer, has disappeared leaving the women of the family the responsibility to resolve the situation. Although they do not shed a tear. A House of 41st won the award for Best Director, Hamid Reza, within the Panorama Section of the Asian Film Festival. Barcelona, ​​2017.


Film Series: From July 3 to 24, 2018

Place: Filmoteca española de Madrid |  C/ Santa Isabel, 328012 Madrid

Entrance: General: 3 € per session and room. 20 € for the subscription of 10 sessions

Student: 2 € per session and room. 15 € for the subscription of 10 sessions.

Organised by: Casa Asia and Filmoteca Española de Madrid

Monograph on Iran: A selection of the latest Iranian cinema

 From June 24 to July 19, 2018

Casa Asia is programming an Iranian film series for CaixaForum Madrid and El Cículo de Bellas Artes, consisting of ten films by a new generation of filmmakers that have been formed in Iran, and whose constribution has consolidated the existence of Iranian national cinema. This is interesting not only for the number of titles and productions, but also for their narratives and content. The proposed series consists of ten films that were screened in the last edition of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona | AFFB. Amonst the films that will be screened are some essentials like Mina’s Option, Until Ahmad Returns, A House of 41st, Bench Cinema, Cyanide, and Sara & Aida. Among these, A House of 41st received the award for Best Director, Hamid Reza Ghorbani for the Panorama Section; and Houra, the award for Best Script, selected by the Young Jury of the Film Schools of Barcelona. Iranian cinema has an important presence, not only in the AFFB, but also in Casa Asia’s annual film programme.



HOURA, Dir. Gholamreza Sagharchiyan | Iran | 2015 | 79’ | VOSE

MINA’S OPTION, Dir. Tamal Tabrizi | Iran | 2015 | 100’ | VOSE

A HOUSE OF 41ST, Dir. Hamid Reza Ghorbani | Iran | 2016 | 90’ | VOSE

GHASHANG & FARANG, Dir. Vahid Mousaaian | Iran | 2016 | 90’ | VOSE

UNTIL AHMAD RETURNS, Dir. Sadegh Sadegh Daghighi | Iran | 2015 | 82’ | VOSE

STOLEN, Dir. Bijan Mirbagheri | Iran | 2016 | 86’ | VOSE

BENCH CINEMA, Dir. Mohammad Rahmanian | Iran | 2016 | 117’ | VOSE

SARA & AIDA. Dir. Maziar Miri | Iran | 2017 | 86’ | VOSE

THE DREAM OF WATER, Dir. Farhad Mehran Far | Iran | 2016 | 103’ | VOSE

CYANIDE, Dir. Behrouz Shoaibi | Iran | 2016 | 109’ | VOSE

Venues: El Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid | Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid | CaixaForum Madrid | Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014, Madrid

Entrance: The Series € 5,5 ∙ seniors 65+, Carnet Joven € 4 ∙ € 3,6 subscription ∙ partners € 3,5 | CaixaForum 4 € · Customers of LaCaixa 2 €

Film Series: “East of Eden”

June 22 – 30, 2018

Casa Asia collaborates once again with the International Display of Gay and Lesbian Cinema of Barcelona FIRE!! screening the series “East of Eden.” With these four titles displaying the current panorama of Asian films, they join in the need to show the problems of LGTB communities that are often hidden or are deliberately ignored.

The series begins in Pakistan with Unveiled (2016), a story about Maria Toorpakai and her passion for the sport that leads her to challenge her own religious beliefs in order to be a professional squash player. We travel to India with the beautiful White Nights (2015), a lesbian adaptation of the novel by the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky. We journey on to Thailand to understand that love begins with two people, but family can be greater than two, with the magnificent film Fathers (2017). Finally, the series finishes with Dad Is Pretty (2017) that tells of the degree of integration of transsexual women in today’s society. It is a cinematic experience that uses reality as its model. Although it is not always visible, it constitutes our immediate environment, forming part of social life in a global and simultaneously local world, like the one in which we live.


Unveiled | Pakistan | Dir. Erin Heidenreich | 2016 | 76’ | VOSE

Sisak | India | Dir. Faraz Arif Ansari | 2017 | 15’ | VOSE

White Nights | India | Razi Muhammed | 2015 | 131’ | VOSE

Fathers | Thailand | Dir. Palatpol Mingpornpichit | 2017 | 95’ | VOSE

Dad is pretty | Korea | Dir. Kim Seung-Hyeob | 2017 | 92’ | VOSE

Place: Cines Girona-c/ Girona, 175-Barcelona
Entrance: General: 6 euros | Subscribers and Partners of Cines Girona: 5 euros.
Organised by: Casa Asia, Cines Girona and FIRE!!

China Cineclub Cycle: “A Historical Look”

June 13 – July 11, 2018

This programme is constituted by five sessions that take a journey through the sociopolitical history of China. The sessions will also have a brief presentation on the film and its historical setting where it is located, ending with a film-forum with the audience after the screening.

There are many films that have been produced in China that deal with the different historical periods of the country. Through this cycle, we will go through the history of China from the mid-18th century (the so-called Late Imperial Era) to current times, through the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese invasion and the period of the Cultural Revolution.


The Warlords. Los señores de la guerra | Peter Chan | 2007 | 126 min | China-Hong Kong) | VOSE | Not recommended for children under 16

Guardaespaldas y asesinos | Teddy Chan | 2009 | 138 min | China-Hong Kong | VOSE | Not recommended for children under 16

Ciudad de vida y muerte | Lu Chuan | 2009 | 132 min | China-Hong Kong | VOSE | Not recommended for children under 16

La cometa azul | Tian Zhuangzhuang | 1993 | 140 min | VOSE | China-Hong Kong

Aftershock | Feng Xiaogang | 2010 | 135 min | China | VOSE | Not recommended for children under 16

Place: Fundació Institut Confuci de Barcelona-Sala Polivalente-c/ Elisabets, 10-Barcelona
Entrance: Free entrance with prior registration:
Organised by: Fundació Institut Confuci de Barcelona and CineAsia, with collaboration by Casa Asia

Casa Asia in PhotoEspaña 2018: “Retrospectives of Briccio Santos”

June 13- June 26, 2018

The programming of Casa Asia for PHotoESPAÑA 2018 on the one hand addresses the state of photography in the Philippines and the outcomes of its expansion through several case studies with the participation of a special guest, Briccio Santos, whose photographic and cinematographic work will be shown during sessions detailed below. On the other hand, it will show photography from Japan, through the recovery of a mythical figure, like the one represented by the photographer Takuma Nakahira (1938-2015).

Casa Asia will host this presentation with the inclusion of Filipino photographer and film director Briccio Santos, president of the FILM ASEAN foundation. Furthermore, this will be part of the round table on the here and now of photography in the Philippines, in the context of Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific, along with Alejandro Castellote, Manuel Asín and Menene Gras Balaguer (Casa Asia Director of Culture and Exhibitions). In turn, during a special session Briccio Santos will present his work, which for years has explored what unites and separates photography and moving image. Finally, four titles of his cinematographic work made between 1982 and 2017 will be shown at Círculo de Bellas Artes.


When Heaven Wept | Philippines | 2017 | 85’ | VOSI

Shadows of September | Philippines | 2006 | VOSI

Damortis | Philippines | 1984 | VOSI

Ala verde, ala pobre | Philippines | 2005 | VOSI


Place: Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid-Calle de Alcalá, 42-Madrid
Entrance: General :5,50 euros; Seniors 65+ and Carnet Jove: 4 euros; Partners: 3,50 euros.
Organised by: Casa Asia and Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid for PHotoEspaña 2018

New Zealand Film Series

June 7 – June 26, 2018

The Embassy of New Zealand in Spain in collaboration with Casa Asia and the Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid for the first time present a film series from New Zealand in order to bring awareness of its cinematography that is not always easy to see outside of its borders. This is an opportunity to experience film that addresses rural and urban issues as well as a multicultural reality that defines their community.

New Zealand is a country with a strong film industry and has been a setting for blockbuster films such as The Trilogy of the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia. In the examples presented, six films produced over the time span of 2002 to 2016 will be screened, beginning with Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), The Great Maiden’s Blush (2016), following with The Dark Horse (2014) , Boy (2010), Whale Rider (2002), and will end with the screening of A Flickering Truth (2015), awarded as Best Film in the Young Jury Section of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona, ​​2017.


HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE | Dir. Taika Waititi | 2016 | 101’ | VOSE

THE GREAT MAIDEN’S BLUSH | Dir. Andrea Bosshard, Shane Loader | 2016 | 108’ | VOSE

THE DARK HORSE | Dir. James Napier Robertson | 2014 | 124’ | VOSE

BOY | Dir. Taika Waititi | 2010 | 87’ | VOSE

WHALE RIDER | Dir. Niki Caro | 2002 | 105’ | VOSE

A FLICKERING TRUTH | Dir. Pietra Brettkelly | 2015 | 91’ | VOSE


Place: Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid-c/ Alcalá, 42-Madrid
Entrance: General: 5,50 euros; Seniors 65+ and Carnet Joven: 4 euros; Partners: 3,50 euros.
Organized by: Embassy of New Zealand in Spain, with the collaboration of Casa Asia and Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid

Central Asia Film Series

June 2 – July 14, 2018

Casa Asia focuses once again on bringing some of the most recent titles of Central Asian film to the public. These films are still unknown by most of the public. This series discovers the narratives of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, through which we experience worlds we would not get to know any other way.

It should be noted that in the last edition of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona (November 2017), the Best Photography Award was awarded to Districts in the Panorama Section, and the Cathay Pacific Award for Best Director went to Zhapar Uulu and Baky Mukul for A Father’s Will.


TASFIYA Dir. Sharofat M. Arabova| Tajikistan | 2015 | 73’| Drama

DISTRICTS Dir. Akan Satayev| Kazakhstan |2016 | 90’| Drama

TARAZ Dir. Nurtas Adambay | Kazakhstan | 2016 | 82’ | Drama

A FATHER’S WILL Dir. Baky Mukul, D. Z. Uulu | Kyrgyzstan | 2016 | 120’ | Drama

RETOURNÉE Dir. Sabit Kurmanbekov | Kazakhstan | 2017 | 95’ | Drama


Place: Cinemes Girona – c/ Girona, 175 Barcelona
Entrance: General: 3,5 euros | Subscribers and partners of Cinemes Girona: 2 euros
Organized by: Casa Asia, Cinemes Girona, Embassy of Kazakhstan in Spain, Kazakh Film and Aitysh Film

BCN Sports Film Festival

from 3rd to 19th May

Casa Asia collaborates for the first time with the BCN Sports Film | Barcelona International Film Festival, with a double programme that consists of a discussion and a film series.

Firstly, Jae-Un Do, a Korean expert with a long history in the world of sports as an entrepreneur, a commentator and agent, will discuss the last Olympic Winter Games that just took place in Pyeonchang , South Korea, which brought a new step toward the normalization of relations between the two Koreas. In this talk, he will discuss the special relationship between sport and education, exploring the differences between the learning and training systems of a global and competitive world that makes sport one of its flags. The comparative vision of Jae-Un Do concerning similar phenomena in Korea and Spain cannot only be suggestive but also effective, considering the countries’ relationship with the sector. Subsequently, three titles God of Ice Skate (2018), Home Run (2018) and No More Losing (2017) will be shown, which will undoubtedly contribute to revealing the relationship between sport as a discipline and everyday life.


GOD OF ICE SKATE | Korea | Dir. Bongkeun Kwon | 2018 | 75’ | VOSE

HOME RUN | Korea | Dir. Kimb Park | 2018 | Cortometraje 19’ | VOSE

NO MORE LOSING | Korea | Dir. Hyungbok Lee | 2017 | Cortometraje 21’ | VOSE


Location: Conference – Casa Àsia · Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau, Pabellón de Sant Manuel, c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, Barcelona
Film series – Cinemes Girona · c/ Girona, 175, Barcelona
Conference: free entrance with registration required.
Film series: 3,5€ |Associates and partners of Cinemes Girona: 2€

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Mongolian Film Series

from April 21st to May 26th

Casa Asia turns once again to approach some recent and highlighted titles of Mongolian cinema to our public. Mongolia’s cinematography is beginning to consolidate itself within the Asian panorama.

This is the first time Casa Asia devotes a film programme exclusively to this country. Four films made between 2016 and 2017 have been chosen and they were at the latest edition of Asian Film festival Barcelona.

The Mongolian Film Series is an opportunity to enter a cinematographic world typically difficult to access that commercial distribution tends to disregard. Through rural and urban cinema we view a fascinating culture where the coexistence of local tradition and urbanization is a part of people’s everyday lives and is transforming their society.


WHITE BLESSING, Dir. Sengedorj Janchivdorj| 2016 | 104’ | Drama | VOSE

HERS, Dir: Galbayar Dashkhuu | 2017 | 83’| Drama | VOSE

WINTER STORY, Dir: Tulga Bayarkhuu | 2017 | 93’| Drama | VOSE

GANGSTER GIRLS, Dir: Zolbayar Tsagaantogtokh | 2017 | 103’| Comedia | VOSE

Location: Cinemes Girona · c/ Girona, 175, Barcelona
Entrance: Price: 3,5€ |Associates and partners of Cinemes Girona: 2€

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Iranian Film Series: “Films at Cotxeres Borrell”

from april 19th to june 14th

Cotxeres Borrell, in collaboration with Casa Asia, organises an Iranian film display with three recent films, as well as very relevant in the international panorama.

We can see films like Nader and Simin, a separation, from Asghar Farhadi (2011), in which all the characters need to hide something to preserve their truth, and that amount of lies, which is triggered according to the logic of the domino effect, allows to talk about the particularities of Iranian society, from the impositions of religion to the difficulties of being a woman in such a repressive context, even though this can happen anywhere on the planet; or as Taxi Tehran by Jafar Panahi (2015), winner of the Berlin Bear and the FIPRESCI Award of the 65th edition of the Berlinale, is a film that goes into daily life without restrictions; and, finally, The Traveler of Ashgar Farhadi (2016), a detailed analysis of a relationship that, as happens with the apartment where they live at the beginning of the film, cracks and deteriorates, with the danger of a total collapse. Farhadi poses a moral dilemma, a provocation to elucidate on topics such as anger, compassion and, above all, forgiveness.


NADER Y SIMIN, Dir. Asghar Farhadi | 2011 | 123’ | VOSE

TAXI TEHERÁN, Dir. Jafar Panhi | 2015 | 82’ │VOSE

EL VIAJANTEDir. Asghar Farhadi | 2016 | 125’│VOSE

Location: Cotxeres Borrell · c/ Viladomat, 2-8, Barcelona
Free entrance.

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