"P-047" from Kongdej Jaturanrasamee was honoured with the Main Award of the sixth edition of Five Flavours Film Festival and Dain Said's "Bunohan" was granted the festival's Special Mention.
The awards were presented at the closing ceremony of the festival, on 30 October. Both films were awarded by People's Jury who selected the best feature from the films included in the New Asian Cinema section which involved new productions from Thailand, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
The Jury members decided to award "P-047" for "the exquisite mastery with which the director spins this subtle tale about the fickleness of human memory and the difficulties in reconstructing one’s own identity". The Jury also noted that Kongdej Jaturanrasamee "invites the audience to participate in an enthralling play with cinematic convention".
The Special Mention was granted to "Bunohan" for "taking the audience on a difficult yet mesmerising journey into mythical Malaysia, a world where ruthless reality intertwines with fascinating beliefs and magic, as well as for skillfully combining action cinema with a deeply resonating message expressing anxiety about the future of the local community". The director of "Bunohan", which is the Malaysian entry for the 85th Academy Awards, was also one of the guests taking part in this year's Festival.
The sixth Five Flavours Film Festival was held in Warsaw, Poland, from 24 to 30 October. This year’s edition was composed of 6 sections showcasing over 30 new feature films, including 2 European and 22 Polish premieres. The Festival programme brought special attention to Malaysian titles, with this year’s Focus dedicated to Malaysian cinema. For the first time, the Festival hosted the competition which involved the titles from the New Asian Cinema section: 11 Asian films premiered last year. The winner was chosen by thirteen members of the People’s Jury.
The programme also included socially engaged films shown in the Freedom in Asia section as well as genre cinema: horrors and - for the first time in the Festival’s history - martial arts films screened in the Water Dragon Attacks section. Fans of the classic Taiwanese cinema enjoyed a special surprise in the form of screenings held in the Festival-affiliated club Poludnik Zero, where five Taiwanese New Wave titles were shown from original 16 mm prints.
The screenings were accompanied by short lectures, Q&A’s with festival guests, topical debates and discussions. Members of the audience had the chance to participate in mahjong workshops and enjoy the exhibition of unique festival film posters painted by Dorota Podlaska. The organisers did not forget about the youngest festivalgoers, and held Polish-Vietnamese animation workshops for children in TuPraga Dom Kultury.
The Five Flavours Film Festival is organised by the Arteria Art Foundation. The 6th edition was organised with the support of the Warsaw City Hall, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Polish Film Institute, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, the Royal Thai Embassy, the Lech Wałęsa Institute and the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia.