In case you have not yet come in contact with Doctor Who fandom and are thus not familiar with Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space, know that one of her mysteries is, that she’s smaller on the outside. The same can be said about Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, Vesoul, France. This year, on 7th February, opening its gates for the 23rd time, and lasting until 14th February.
Founded by Martine and Jean-Marc Thérouanne in 1995, festival also known as FICA Vesoul (International name changed due to some raised-brow and giggles in Italy) takes for its aim discovering, introducing and promoting cinemas of Asia, and does it bravely. And we don’t only speak of its geographical take: from Suez to Pacific Ocean, from North Pole to Indian Ocean, but too of keen eyes of its programming team when selecting from hundreds os Asian independent and art house films.
I know, that for the film-makers, the competition sections are those most attractive, and FICA Vesoul includes two of them: Fiction Feature Competition and Documentary Competition; but, for curious us, there are treasures brought to daylight by and for FICA Vesoul. Films that for the first time leave country of their origin, some of them specially digitalized and digitally restored where needed for festival compose a most unique section of Masters of Sri Lanka, whose films had for many years mistaken for Bollywood ones.
Another exciting journey through time promises a very tasteful experience. And thus none less than through the cuisine whose traditional form was in 2013 added to the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Oishi – Japanese Culinary Arts Movies looks really delightfully in the cross-cut selection spreading over various genres from dramas, through (sexy) comedies, to fantasy or horror. (Both, Masters of Sri Lanka and Oishi – Japanese Culinary Cinema are introduced by Bastian Meiresonne.)
With the pivotal topic of 2017 edition being Asian Country Sides offering indeed a picturesque section with films taking on diverse issues, FICA Vesoul adds one more country focus: Focus on Georgian Cinema. And please, don’t allow films screened in a small focus on Japanime, or dedicated primarily to Young Audience, or screened as French distribution Preview flee your attention.