Film Series “India: cinema as an instrument of protest”

July 21st and July 28th 2018

It is an occasion to show a kind of cinema in which social gaze, defence of pluralism, equality of opportunities, human rights and gender policies. Actually, they are like two windows to worlds, that we have no chance to see and to know and that we are only allowed to access to them through cinema. Despite the distance in time that mediates between the production of both films, the social reality and the critical eye is imposed. It is always interesting to recover cinematographic realisms as the one that is defined as a sector of directors that see cinema as an instrument of protest to raise awareness among all audiences.


PIED PIPER, Dir. Vivek Budakoti | India | 2013 | 113’ | Drama | July 21st, 8pm

WALKING WITH THE WIND, Dir. Praveen Morchhale | India | 2017 | 79’ | Drama | July 28th, 8pm

Place: Cinemes Girona. C/Girona, 175. Barcelona.


  • General: 3.5 euros.
  • Cinemes Girona’s subscribers and members: 2 euros.

Organizer: Casa Asia, ImagineIndia International Film Festival and Cinemes Girona

Film Series: “ImagineIndia International Film Festival”

Saturdays from the 22nd of September to the 20th of October of 2018

Casa Asia presents a selection of films of the last edition of ImagineIndia International Film Festival, with 5 films from Australia, China, Iran, the Philippines and  Hong Kong: King of Peking (2017), Highway 318 (2017), Blockage(2017), Bomba (2017), Out of Frame (2016).

Without this festival probably none of these films would have reached our country. This is why we have organised this film series where what pravails is a social look, defence of pluralism and equal opportunities, as well as human rights and gender policies. They are really windows to different worlds that we can’t really see but we can approach through films. Social realism is within these films from a critical point of view using this support to condemn and to raise awareness.


OUT OF FRAME, Dir. Wai Lun Kwok | Hong Kong | 2016 | 95 min | 22nd of September, 8pm

BOMBA, Dir. Ralston Gonzales Jover | The Philippines | 2017 | 105 min| 29th of September, 8pm

HIGHWAY 318, Dir. Yunxing Nie | China | 2017 | 96 min | 6th of October, 8pm

BLOCKAGE, Dir. Mohsen Gharaei | Iran | 2017 | 82 min | 13th of October, 8pm

KING OF PEKING, Dir. Sam Voutas | China / Australia | 2017 | 87 min | 20th of October, 8pm

Venue: Cinemes Girona. C/Girona, 175. Barcelona.


  • General: 3,5 euros.
  • Season ticket holders and members of Cinemes Girona: 2 euros.

Organiser: Casa Asia, ImagineIndia International Film Festival and Girona Cinema

Film Series AFFB Awards | Asian Film Festival Barcelona

From the 3rd to the 24th of July, 2018

Filmoteca Española and Casa Asia present a selection of the winning films from the last edition of the AFFB | Asian Film Festival Barcelona (2017). Out 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::


DAWN OF THE FELINES | Dir. Kazuya Shiraishi | Japan | 2016 | 84’ | VOSE | Tuesday July 3rd, 7pm

A FATHER’S WILL | Dir. B. Mukul, D. Zhapar Uulu | Kyrgyzstan | 2016 | 120’ | VOSE | Thursday July 5th, 9.30pm

CHILDREN OF GENGHIS | Dir. Zolvayar Dorj | Mongolia | 2017 | 101’ | VOSE | Friday July 6th, 6pm

WOLF AND SHEEP | Dir. Shahrbanoo | Afghanistan | 2016 | 86’ | VOSE | Tuesday July 10th, 8.15pm

RAILWAY CHILDREN | Dir, Prithvi Konanur | India |2016 | 120’ | VOSE | Wednesday July 11th, 7.30pm

A FLICKERING TRUTH | Dir. Pietra Brettkelly | New Zealand | 2015 | 91’ VOSE | Wednesday July 18th, 6pm

HOURA | Dir. Gholamreza Sagharchiyan | Iran | 2015 | 79’ | VOSE | Friday July 20th, 6pm

A HOUSE OF 41ST | Dir. Hamid Reza Ghorbani | Iran | 2016 | 90’ | VOSE | Tuesday July 24th, 8.15pm

Venue: Filmoteca Española de Madrid. C/ Santa Isabel, 32. Madrid.


  • General: 3 euros per session.  20 euros for 10 sessions.
  • Student: 2 euros per session. 15 euros for 10 sessions.

Organiser: Casa Asia and Filmoteca Española de Madrid, in collaboration with Consejería Cultural de la Embajada de la R.l. de Irán en España, Farabi Foundation, Aitysh Film, Culture Distributor LLC.


Essay by the Asian Film Festival Barcelona Director





Menene Gras Balaguer

Director for Culture and Exhibitions and director of the Asian Film Festival. Barcelona


Approximately a hundred feature films from critical geographies that challenge the globalization of the markets while maintaining its cultural hegemony are part of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona’s program, ​​which celebrates it sixth edition this year. With a wide selection of more than five hundred titles that came to us this year from more than twenty countries – from Central Asia to Southeast Asia and Oceania – the festival rejects the “unique story” encouraging the exploration of the relationship between place and identity. Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Butan, China, Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mongolia, New Zeeland, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Tajikistan and Vietnam are the components of this great mosaic of cultures and traditions from the existing symbiosis between nation and narration, while building the architecture of their respective imaginaries that make up the different identities.


The festival proposal consists of a relation of images that perform what Edward Said called “travelling identities” as if trying to show a kind of inventory of the fractures regarding an injured modernity, which keeps its struggle between a postcolonial discourse and the progress. Based on the possibility that “my East can be your West”, between countries that share borders within the same area or region of the Asian continent, the program tends to move pre-set notions about migrations, the perception of one’s own identity and others or the divisions that isolate us and separate us from the rest of the world. Daily life, domestic or social conflict and the private and public life of people are revealed through their dramatization, understanding that it stimulates the viewer’s response. He or she can thus become actors by representing themselves and seeing them performed by others in all their   opacity and fragility.


This year, the AFFBCN’s program is distributed in the following sections: Official, Official Panorama, Discoveries, Netpac and Special, all in competition. The Retrospective section will be dedicated to the Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, the last winner of the Cannes Gold Palm 2018 with “Shoplifters”, a feature film that will open the festival. Among the news of this edition, it is worth mentioning the presentation of a selection of the latest Asian Film Awards, which are annually granted by the Asian Film Academy based in Hong Kong to the best Asian cinema. The seven titles that have been gathered this time are distributed among the different sections as well as the four feature films from Macau, whose presence in this festival has no precedent. We will go on counting with the important contributions of films from China, Korea, India, Iran and Japan. Without forgetting the participation of the countries that shape Central Asia, to which is added the cinema of countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Cambodia, on the one hand; nor the importance that the Australian and New Zealander cinema has in this festival. In all cases, it is about a cinema that one more year will offer a contemporary portrait of Asian society, both rural and urban, for all audiences.


Once again, Casa Asia continues with its commitment so that Barcelona can accomplish a festival that captures the best cinema from Asia, and which facilitates public access to productions in this region, as well as the meeting among professionals in the sector and from the film industry. AFFB’s engagement to Asian cinema is firm, as has been shown in previous years, and how it is intended to be in the feature editions. Casa Asia has tried to consolidate the presence of Asian cinema in our city, not only with the celebration of this festival, but with the programming that it carries out throughout the year, weekly in the Cinemas Girona.


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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