To not to totally fall out of writing, and perhaps motivate me to write more, I let myself to be seduced by Asian Movie Pulse`s Panos Kotzathanasis. Our very first cooperation dates in June 2018 with Hong Sang-soo`s Grass.
The Competition of Fiction Features of the 24th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas (Festival International des Cinémas d′Asie) screened in international premiere the directorial debut Mothers by Lee Dong-eun. Perhaps hidden from the plain sight, as it does not offer a first handed strong political message, the film has a lot to say. What more, it delivers the ideas without excessive drama.
Paris has many charms, some obvious, others more hidden from the plain eyesight. But a keen eye is a happy eye, as it might not miss the event that causes queues in Forum des imges, the 2nd and 3rd week of September. This year, it is 23rd time for L'Étrange Festival to open its gate. In a way, its (hi)story is a story of love, passion and a bit of stubbornness, as it happens with most film festivals.
At the 22nd L'Étrange festival in Paris (7-18 September, 2016), I got the chance to interview Adam Tsuei, who came to the festival not as the producer of You Are the Apple of My Eye, Café. Waiting. Love. or Tiny Times and Tiny Times 2.0, but as first-time director of The Tenants Downstairs.
Founded by Martine and Jean-Marc Thérouanne in 1995, festival also known as FICA Vesoul takes for its aim discovering, introducing and promoting cinemas of Asia, and does it bravely. Taking place from 7th to 14th February its program definitely is bigger on the inside.