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From Asia’s most innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.

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ANOTE’S ARK

Film

ANOTE’S ARK

Directed by Matthieu Rytz
Global warming, increasing typhoons, and rising tide levels threaten to submerge the Pacific Island nation Kiribati and 4,000…
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ASAKO I & II

Film

ASAKO I & II

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Asako’s first love is a fantasy lifted from the movies: he’s cruelly handsome, heart-stoppingly passionate. Two years later,…
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FATHER TO SON

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FATHER TO SON

Directed by Hsiao Ya-Chuan
Taiwan’s emerald alleyways and small town merchants are the backdrop for this meditative drama intertwining several families with…
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GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY

Film

GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY

Directed by Yang Mingming
Director-actor Yang Mingming’s feisty new feature pits the cranky crackling wits of mother and daughter, both struggling writers…
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INLAND SEA

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INLAND SEA

Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
Surrounded by cats in a remote Japanese village, fishing is braided into the lifestyles of all its aging…
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THE LAND OF SEONGHYE

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THE LAND OF SEONGHYE

Directed by Jung Hyung-suk
An award-winning deep dive into the precarious everyday life of Seonghye, a young educated woman typical of Korea’s…
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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

Directed by Bi Gan
After returning to his hometown, Luo Hongwu finds in an old clock the photo of a mysterious woman,…
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NERVOUS TRANSLATION

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NERVOUS TRANSLATION

Directed by Shireen Seno
Yael, an eight-year old girl growing up in late 80's Philippines, confronts miracles and disasters both international and…
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THE RETURN

Film

THE RETURN

Directed by Malene Choi
Fact and fiction swirl around in this deeply touching experimental doc which follows Karoline and Thomas far from…
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SIGNAL ROCK

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SIGNAL ROCK

Directed by Chito S.Roño
Set in the 90’s on a remote Filipino island, Intoy begins to connect the dots between his dwindling…
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SIR

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SIR

Directed by Rohena Gera
A delicate and charming story of thwarted love as widowed villager Ratna takes a Mumbai job as a…
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TEN YEARS JAPAN

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TEN YEARS JAPAN

Directed by Akiyo Fujimora, Chie Hayakawa, Kei Ishikawa, Megumi Tsuno, Yusuke Kinoshita
Produced by Kore-eda, a speculative omnibus from five top and emerging Japanese filmmakers who imagine their country in…
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TEN YEARS TAIWAN

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TEN YEARS TAIWAN

Directed by Hsieh Pei-Ju, Kek Huat Lau, Lekal Sumi Cilangasan, Lu Po-Shun, Rina B. Tsou
Cloaked in poetic sci-fi, mockumentary and high style, five up-and-coming filmmakers depict in futuristic terms the fallout from…
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TEN YEARS THAILAND

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TEN YEARS THAILAND

Directed by Aditya Assarat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chulayarnon Siriphol, Wisit Sasanatieng
With current political uncertainty suggesting dystopic futures, four Thai filmmakers (including a few juggernauts) imagine their country in…
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THE ISLAND

Film

THE ISLAND

Directed by Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Fresh from the Whitney Biennial, a stunning film that weaves historical footage, interviews, and speculative fiction focused entirely…
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THE THIRD WIFE

Film

THE THIRD WIFE

Directed by Ash Mayfair
Set in 19th century Vietnam, 14-year-old May is the third wife of a wealthy landowner. As she adjusts…