The AmérAsia film festival will take place between Thursday, October 30 and Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Phi Centre, with features and short films from the Philippines, Cambodia, India, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Argentina, Quebec and Canada, as well as masterclass and workshops. For its 4th edition, the festival will go further in exploring alternative and avant-garde Asian content in media and multimedia arts.
This year’s programming puts particular emphasis on Philippines cinema, with films from Khavn De La Cruz and esteemed director Kidlat Tahimik, who has been called the “father of Philippine New Wave.” The director Kidlat Tahimik is currently on a world tour for his retrospectives in Amsterdam, Germany, workshop in Vietnam, and to be a juror in Copenhagen. It is a true honour to welcome him to Montreal this year. Tahimik will show and discuss Turumba (1981) and Perfumed Nightmares (1977) and present a master class with a special focus on his continuing project Memories of Overdevelopment (2014).
With selected Asian filmmakers around the world, their first feature-lengths consist of strong themes of integration and identities: La Salada (Juán Martin Hsu, 2014), My Place (Emmanuel Moon-Chil Park, 2014), Jiseul (Meul O., 2012). This also includes Luk’Luk’l: Mother (Wayne Wapeemukwa, 2014) among the short films. The poignant short films are lined up from Fuoco (Fire) (Raha Shirazi, 2014) The Urban Suite (Sebastien Simon, 2014) Migration (Fluorescent Hill, 2014), Cabinet (Hera Chan, 2014), Akira (Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, 2014), Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam (Jeff Chiba Stearns, 2014). Furthermore, our Features program introduces Where I Go (Kavich Neang, 2013), a glimpse of racism and cultural differences in Cambodia.
AmérAsia will be presenting local talents and film works such as Après la peine (A New Mourning) (Anh Minh Truong, 2012) with the director’s attendance and docu-animation There Is A Garden (2014) followed by an artist talk on “The Artist and the Artist’s Responsibility,” which take part of the Québecois programs. Montreal filmmaker Mi-jeong Lee will present her multimedia project, More Than Here: Midnight to 4 A.M in the program of The Practitioner’s Lab which offers an exhibition space to artists who work on research/creation in media and multidisciplinary arts in relation with any aspect of Asian content.
All events on our opening day, Thursday, October 30, will be presented free of charge. These include Philippine New Wave film screenings, the One Piece Film challenge, and the Camera Aesthetic Workshop.
The One Piece Film project invites established and emerging artists to write, shoot and edit a video, up to 5 minutes long, on a theme that will be announced on Friday, October 24, and to finish it within the following 72 hours. (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/one-piece-film-challenge) Participants may use use a camera, smartphone, iPad or tablet. (The name One Piece Film is borrowed from a popular Japanese manga series.) The Camera Aesthetic Workshop will examine the long-take, as used by Taiwanese filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang and Edward Yang. It will be given by Peter Rist (film studies professor at Concordia University) and Erik Bordeleau (post doctorate student in philosophy and a scholar at Concordia’s SenseLab).
AmérAsia recognizes the strong relation between literature and the image. We have selected five books connected with our scheduled films. A limited number of autographed copies will be available for purchase during the festival.
The selected books are:
This Is Not A Film: Philippines New Wave by Khavn de la Cruz – his documentary of the same title will be shown at the Phi Centre (see the screening schedule).
Bombay Wail and Other Stories written by Veena Gokhale – The plot of the Indian film The Lunch Box comes from this collection.
Experimental Ethnography written by Catherine Russell in relation to Kidlat Tahimik’s masterclass
Cockroach written by Rawi Hage– in connection with the short film The Underground
Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance written by Erin Manning – In relation to Practitioners’ Lab project: More Than Here.
The core strength of our festival comes from the participation of members of Montreal’s artistic communities and our valued volunteers in collaboration with Concordia University’s SenseLab, the Moving Image Research Laboratory and Cinema Out of the Box at McGill University, COCO Centre for Community Organizations, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Phi Centre. The City of Montreal and the Canadian Council of the Arts have contributed financial support.
Admission is free for all screenings and events at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on October 30.
Presale tickets begin from October 22 to 30.
Regular : 10$
Students and seniors : 8$
Ticket sales run from October 31 to November 2 at the door at Phi Centre:
Regular : 12$
Students and seniors : 10$
VIP pass: 90$
*Ticket sales are available at 3680 Jeanne-Mance, #412, Montreal QC H2X 2K5, en ligne www.amerasiafestival.com, or on LaVitrine (starting on October 23).