The President of the International Jury of the 26th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas (11-18 February 2020) will be Pema Tseden, the Tibetan director who was won two Golden Cyclos (Tharlo, Jinpa). He will be accompanied by Joji Alonso, producer (Philippines), Jay Jeon (director of the prestigious Busan International Film Festival (S. Korea), Yuliya Kim, producer and director of International Film Festival of Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Ariel Schweitzer, critic, academic and historian (Israel).

Critic’s Choice Jury: President Rosslyn Hyams (Radio France Internationale) Members: Wang Muyan (Screen International) and Shurong Hermine Roumilhac (Radio France Internationale)

Netpac Jury: President: Roya Sadat, director (Afghanistan) Members: Samar Qupty, lead actress of “Junction 48” (Israel), Sonthar Gyal, Tibetan Director (China)

Roya Sadat, center, with crew members at a test shoot for a TV drama she is directing in Kabul, Oct. 18, 2017. Sadat sold her apartment, car and jewelry to make a movie that deepens the conversation on women’s rights. It’s Afghanistan’s selection for the Oscars now. (Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times)

Jury Inalco – Langues O’: Sora Hong (teacher in Korean and film specialist), Marianne Li (civic service for the events and the cultural action), Sacha Ruano (Student of Arabic), Marie Socasau (Student of Tibetan)

Theater manager Jury: President: Michèle Demange (Festival Entreveues, Belfort, France), Gérard Marion (founder and artistic director of the Festival Lumière d’Afrique, Besançon, France), Sacha Marjanovic (coordinator regional division of Audiovisual Education of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté for Centre Image)

High School Jury presided by Joris Alfonso and Rose Echilley from the Lycée Edouard Belin (Vesoul)

Youth Jury presided by Eléonore Claude from high school Les Haberges (Vesoul)

Competition of Equality

The 17 films of the competition are presented in European or French premier, and are directed by 9 women and 8 men. No favoritism, only natural way of things and artistic voices speaking.

An International Premiere, the retrospective of Tibetan cinema

FICA Vesoul is the first festival in the world to propose such a rich retrospective of Tibetan films made in the PRC, states Françoise Robin, a specialist of the films of this region. Pema Tseden, the leader of the very first Tibetan Cinema Movement and his very talented ex-assistant and friend, Sonthar Gyal, will present their films

Liberty, Equality, Creativity

The section Liberty, Equality, Creativity presents, through 24 films, different expressions of artistic creativity: personal accomplishment, ways of denunciation, general wisdom….

Tribute to Ronit Elkabebetz (1964 – 2016) :

Through 20 years and 27 films, Ronit Elkabetz has become a true symbol of Israeli cinema. Actress, scriptwriter and director, she also left her mark in the world of dance and theater. She became famous from her very first film, for embodying very strong female characters, for trying different things with each role, for breaking down social barriers, for fighting for love and femininity, even if it meant going against the rules and the traditions of her country. Paying tribute to her is our way of showing that she is more alive than ever.

Shakespeare in Japan:

Shakespeare’s body of work has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the 7th Art, and Asia is not an exception. It is in Japan that Shakespeare found the best adaptation, from the great Akira Kurosawa.

Vesoul, in the heart of Europe, will be, for the 26th time, in the heart of Asia

Festival international des Cinémas d’Asie :

25, rue du docteur Doillon – 70 000 VESOUL – France

Tel : +33 (0)3 84 76 55 82 – [email protected] cinemas-asie.com

Press Contact : Jean-Marc Therouanne : +33 (0)6 84 84 87 46 – Bastian Meiresonne : +33 (0)6 12 94 12 73

Assistants: Pierre Convers and Indra Saidnattar

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My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.