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Pan-Asia Film Festival Returns
Manish Agarwal , March 8th, 2012 06:29

Eclectic line-up features new pictures from China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Tibet and South Korea

Running until March 18 at London's Prince Charles Cinema, Asia House and Ciné Lumière, the fourth Pan-Asia Film Festival starts tonight with the world premiere of Himalayan ice hockey flick One More..., followed by a Q&A with director Shivajee Chandrabhushan (who won international acclaim for his 2007 debut Frozen, similarly shot in the remote Ladakh region).

The continent-wide showcase also boasts UK premieres for, among others, Mother's Paradise, a harsh yet humorous adventure set in rural Kazakhstan, scripted by exiled Iranian great Mohsen Makhmalbaf; Golden Bear-nominated South Korean drama Come Rain, Come Shine; and Wang Xiaoshuai's coming of age amid the Cultural Revolution tale 11 Flowers, accompanied by a discussion with its young star Wang Jinchun.

Further highlights include the dreamlike cinematography of Tibetan road movie The Sun-Beaten Path (pictured) and Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase's project 3.11 A Sense Of Home, which pays homage to the victims of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami via a series of films lasting 3 minutes 11 seconds each. The complete schedule can be found at Asia House's website. Check back here in two weeks for a Quietus festival report...