That’s the inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) by the numbers; however the figures only tell part of the story.
At the festival’s heart is a celebration of diversity, screening films from a region that stretches half way across the world and produces half of the world’s films.
BAPFF presents films certain to cultivate a sense of discovery.
In a program of contrasts, the 2014 line-up spans opening night’s The Crow’s Egg as well as two nights of free Taiwanese cinema which will be hosted on QPAC’s star-lit green. The genre antics of Sion Sono’s Tokyo Tribe sit alongside the contemplation of the Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab’s latest documentary, The Iron Ministry.
Award winners? BAPFF will screen Cannes Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, Berlinale Golden Bear recipient Black Coal Thin Ice, Sundance Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema: Documentary) winner Return to Homs, and Tribeca Best Narrative Feature recipient Zero Motivation. The list continues, with double FIPRESCI Award-winner 10 Minutes, and 2014 Karlov Vary Film Festival Crystal Globe recipient Corn Island, among others.
Award contenders? BAPFF will feature films selected as their nation’s foreign-language Oscar contenders such as New Zealand’s The Dead Lands, Palestine’s Eyes of a Thief and Taiwan’s Ice Poison; titles in contention for the AACTAs including best documentary nominee Ukraine Is Not A Brothel; and 20 films nominated for BAPFF’s adjoining Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Highlighting noted Asia Pacific talent, BAPFF hosts new works from the region’s best auteurs, including Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home at the festival’s closing night celebration, as well as Lav Diaz’s From What Is Before, Hong Sang-Soo’s Hill of Freedom, Ann Hui’s The Golden Era, and Ruin from Australia’s own Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody.
BAPFF also brings films to Brisbane that might otherwise remain unseen, such as Australian time travel romantic comedy The Infinite Man, Farsi-language neo-noir vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Russia’s three-decades-in-the-making Hard To Be A God, and Jean-Luc Godard’s pioneering Goodbye to Language 3D. New experiences are similarly embraced, with World Movies Secret Cinema making its Brisbane début.
The festival not only looks to the future of filmmaking in the region but to the past courtesy of retrospective screenings. A focus on 2014 APSA jury president Asghar Farhadi showcases his career output. Korea’s oldest surviving silent film, Crossroads of Youth, is celebrated in a unique live performance event. Satyajit Ray’s Charulata and Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid rank among the festival’s restorations are, as well as Nagisa Oshima’s Cruel Story of Youth – fresh from screenings in Cannes Classics.
BAPFF runs from November 29 to December 14 at
Palace Barracks Cinemas, The Australian Cinémathèque at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Sunnybank Hoyts Cinemas, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, The Courier-Mail Piazza and the State Library of Queensland.
Visit bapff.com.au for the complete 2014 program.