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Another world cinema film festival coming up in March: The Pan-Asia Film Festival (hosted by Asia House, London).

As the name already indicates, it includes films “from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific, covering the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and East Asia”. This year that translates into an impressive range of productions from India, Kazakhstan, Japan, China, Singapore, Tibet, Iran, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Some highlights (but do check out the full programme here):

  • 사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다 (Saranghanda, Saranghaji Anhneunda/Come Rain Come Shine, South Korea, 2011) – That’s one I have been wanting to see for a while, but why, oh why do they have to screen at 2 p.m. on a Saturday that I am working? Fortunately, for anyone that can’t make it, the KCCUK also has this film on the programme for 2012: Year of Directors, where it will be shown in August AND feature a director’s Q&A too.

사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다 (Come Rain Come Shine)

  • 星空 (Starry Starry Night, Taiwan, 2011) – I have mentioned this film on Otherwhere a few times already. I will be seeing it at its European premiere at East Winds, so I will make sure to review before it screens at Pan Asia ten days later.
  • 太阳总在左边 (Tai yang zong zai zuo bian/The Sun Beaten Path, Tibet, 2011) – This one keeps popping up. It first screened at the BFI Film Festival last October, and I have noticed it elsewhere too – and it certainly looks interesting. Plus: how many films come out of Tibet anyhow?
  • One More (India, 2012) – One More is a film about ice hockey, but it’s not set in Canada, but in Ladakh, India. Since I have visited the region – the province of Jammu & Kashmir, that Kashmir that causes conflict between India and Pakistan – I’m interested in this film.
  •  我十一 (Wo Shi Yi/ 11 Flowers, China/France, 2011) – A coming of age tale that I rather like the sound of. UPDATE 24/3/2012: Review added on Otherwhere.