Young and beautiful, EstAsia Festival is back with its 3rd edition in Reggio Emilia, one of the more bountiful regions of of Italy, from the 11th to the 18th of June 2018.

Curated by Cineclub Peyote, Fondazione Palazzo Magnani e Comune di Reggio Emilia, EstAsia’s aim is to brings to the big screen a selection of the best Asian Movies seen over the year in Festivals but unseen in Italian cinemas. The participant countries include India, Vietnam and Singapore but this edition has allowed more space to explore works from China and Japan.

EstAsia has finally revealed the full programme of its 2018 edition. The selection is very promising and comprises a good mix of both independent and commercial features, plus some European premieres, and this year – for the first time – a jury will award a winner. The Festival will have also some international guests introducing their works to the audience.

On the 5th of June a teaser screening of “A Taxi Driver” at the Arena Stalloni will set the mood, while the Festival will kick off on the 11th at the Rosebud Cinema, with an Opening Aperitivo – in proper Italian-style – followed by the movies “Operation Mekong” and “Free and Easy”.

Detailed informations on the EstAsia website

EstAsia 2018 – The Programme

Tuesday 5 June • ARENA STALLONI
21.45 – A TAXI DRIVER by Hun Jang (South Korea)

Monday 11 June • CINEMA ROSEBUD
20.15 – OPERATION MEKONG by Dante Lam (China)
22.30 – FREE AND EASY by Jun Geng (China)

Wednesday 13 June • CINEMA ROSEBUD
20.30 – COLUMBUS by Kogonada (USA/South Korea)
22.30 – SILENT MIST by Miaoyan Zhang (China)

Thursday 14 June • CINEMA ROSEBUD
20.30 – MALILA by Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand)
22.30 – THE WAY STATION by Anh Hong (Vietnam)

Friday 15 June • CINEMA ROSEBUD
20.30 – THE GREAT BUDDHA+ by H. Huang (Taiwan)
22.30 – DRAGONFLY EYES by Bing Xu (China)

Saturday 16 June • CINEMA ROSEBUD
17.30 – BAD GENIUS by N. Poonpiriya (Thailand)
20.15 – Meeting director MĀRIS MARTINSONS
+ MAGIC KIMONO by M. Martinsons (Latvia)
22.30 – OH LUCY! by Shinobu Terajima (Japan)

Sunday 17 June • CINEMA ROSEBUD
17.00 – THE SEEN AND UNSEEN by K. Andini (Indonesia)
18.30 – THE NIGHT I SWAM by K. Igarashi (Japan)
20.15 – Meeting director Paolo Villaluna (TBC)
+ PEDICAB by Paolo Villaluna (Philippine)
22.30 – ASHWATTHAMA by Pushpendra Singh (India)

Monday 18 June • CINEMA ROSEBUD
20.30 – POP AYE by Kirsten Tan (Singapore)
22.30 – BLANK 13 by Takumi Saitoh (Japan)

On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"