The nineteenth edition of the Asian Film Festival, an event organized by Cineforum Robert Bresson under the artistic direction of Antonio Termenini, ended in Rome at the Farnese Arthouse on Wednesday 13 April.
In a crowded room and in the presence of some of the main representatives of the main countries involved, including the Minister Advisor Kundunee of the Embassy of Thailand in Italy, the Director of the Japanese Institute in Rome, Amb. Masuo Nishibayashi and Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recent days, have been announced as the winners of the international competition. The awards decreed by the jury chaired by Elena Bindi and composed of Inti Carboni, Fabia Bettini and, for the verdict of the Newcomers section by the Unint students, went to the following works, directors and actors:
Newcomers – Tiong Bahru Social Club (Tan Bee Thiam, Singapore, 2020)
Best Actor – ex aequo – Christian Bables in Big Night, Vince Rillon in Resbak
Best Actress – Kaya Kiyohara in In The Wake (Takahisa Zeze, Japan, 2021)
Most Original Film – The Wheat (Tang Yu-qiang, China, 2021)
Best Director – Taiki Sakpisit for The Edge of Daybreak (Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand, 2021)
Best Picture – On The Job, The Missing 8 (Erik Matti, Philippines, 2021)
The director of the festival Antonio Termenini was satisfied with the increase in consensus and the public. of the selected works, of excellent quality and many of which in absolute European preview, have allowed a mixed public, Italian and international, to get to know and enjoy a part of oriental cinema often not yet properly explored. themed days, such as Thailand Day, Korean Day and Japan Day, also allowed us to immerse ourselves in diversified cultures thanks to the power of the big screen “.
During the evening, the award ceremony of the Moviemov Italian Film Festival (11th edition), the great Italian auteur cinema in the Philippines and Thailand, was also hosted, which saw the award given by Fabia Bettini and Gianluca Giannelli to Pietro Marcello and Francesco Munzi , directors with Alice Rohrwacher of the opera “Futura”.
The appointment with the Asian Film Festival is next year, which will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the event.