The Mercury Cinema Set To Highlight Asia's Leading Filmmakers As Part Of OzAsia Festival

As part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2017 OzAsia Festival, the home of screen culture in South Australia, Adelaide’s Mercury Cinema, will host an eclectic collection of films by Asia’s leading independent and major filmmakers from September 20 – October 6. The three week festival of Asian film will highlight the growing range of features coming out of the region, including the series Women Directors in Asia, a snapshot of female filmmakers taking their talents across to the world. This three part collection includes Bhutan’s Decan Roder’s film noir ‘Honeygiver Among the Dogs’, and Afghanistan’s Shahrhbanoo Sadet’s debut film ‘Wolf and Sheep’, capturing the magical and at times cruel reality of life in remote Afghanistan. Highlighting three key filmmakers leading the region, the Singapore Now series shines a light on the growing strength of the region’s film industry and includes an exclusive Q&A with guest filmmaker, Kirsten Tan, following the opening of her acclaimed, ‘Pop Aye’. A unique feature following the trial of a downtrodden architect and his long-lost elephant as they take a road trip across Thailand, ‘Pop Aye’ is a funny and observed tale of rediscovering youth and the past, filled with complications, tragedy, comical personalities and daring situations. A versatile filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling, Kirsten Tan’s works straddle a range of genres but are consistent in their humanity and off-beat humour. Tan’s works have screened at film festivals in Singapore, Rotterdam, Toronto and Busan, and she has been spotlighted by CNN’s "Ones to Watch". Tan has received numerous international awards, including Best Screenplay at 2017 Sundance for ‘Pop Aye’, Best Southeast Asian Short Film for ‘Dahdi’ (2014) and Best Director for ‘Fonzi’ (2007) at the Singapore International Film Festival.

Gail Kovatseff, Director of the Media Resource Centre (MRC) said that the MRC is thrilled to present the 2017 OzAsia Festival film program. “It’s said time and time again that the most exciting cinema right now comes from Asia. This year’s program highlights Asian cinema’s overwhelming breadth and complexity across gender, territories and genre, as well as its growing interrogation of the social and cultural issues, brought about by relentless change,” said Ms Kovatseff. Also adorning the 2017 OzAsia Festival film program is a beautiful five film retrospective of Independent Iranian features that have made their mark on world cinema as they explore a society that has experienced deep-seated social and political change. The Neon Dreams double feature will examine the agrarian exodus towards metropolitan life and the effects of this rural migration of modern society throughout Asia, while Across Asia will highlight the breadth and complexity of contemporary cinema across Asia and the short series Fresh and New is an evening showcasing Hong Kong’s next generation of filmmakers and experimental work by Flinders University students.

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