Asian Vision offers insights into the most exciting ideas and developments that are shaping the film landscape across Asia today, presenting new works by both renowned auteurs and future visionaries of Asian Cinema. It places the Festival’s position in Southeast Asia within the greater context of Asian cinematic traditions, and expands the cross-cultural dialogue for our local and regional audiences and filmmakers.
With a butcher knife in hand, the grandmother of a rape victim quietly plots her way through a void of justice to inflict her own punishment.
Dir. Devashish Makhija
Aqérat (We, The Dead)
A woman escapes from an entanglement with human trafficking, finding herself at the threshold of the spirit world instead.
Dir. Edmund Yeo
A son’s longing for an absent father transfigures into a discovery of a life lived at his funeral.
Dir. Takumi Saito
Tinged with magic and nostalgia, Hong Sang-soo’s liveliest film to date reveals a magnetic character study and a love letter to cinema.
Dir. Hong Sang-soo
Korea, France (2017)
Flower In The Pocket
This 10th anniversary screening of award-winning filmmaker Liew Seng Tat’s quirky and heartwarming debut feature is a vital entry in the much lauded…
Dir. Liew Seng Tat
Homogeneous Empty Time
A yearning for justice drives this sprawling critical study that delves into the ideological foundations of a wave of nationalism.
Dir. Thunska Pansittivorakul, Harit Srikhao
In the Claws of a Century Wanting
A city symphony that documents a series of violent juxtapositions in the lives of four individuals living opposite a busy port.
Dir. Jewel Maranan
Philippines, Germany, Qatar (2017)
Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts
Dubbed the first “Satay Western”, Mouly Surya’s third film is a stunning masterwork that underscores her status as an undeniable talent.
Dir. Mouly Surya
Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Thailand (2017)
A dying woman’s otherly gaze becomes a focal point to the banality unfolding around her in this contemplative observation of death.
Dir. Wang Bing
China, France, Germany (2017)
No Date, No Signature
A riveting drama about a pathologist who finds himself in an ethical dilemma of choosing between accountability and selfish inaction.
Dir. Vahid Jalilvand
Phantom of Illumination with accompanying short
The dearth of contemporary cinema is sensitively explored in this experimental work by emerging young Thai filmmaker Wattanapume Laisuwanchai.
Dir. Wattanapume Laisuwanchai