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Ash in the Purest White, Best Film of the Official Section of Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2018

Ash in the Purest White, Best Film of the Official Section of Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2018

The film Ash in the Purest White by the Chinese director Jia Zangh-ke has won the award to the best film of the official section of the 6th edition of the Asian Film Festival. Barcelona (AFFBCN). This contest specialised in Asian cinema, promoted by Casa Asia, was held between the 31st of October and the 11th of November in Barcelona.

This is what the festival's jury has decided, which has also awarded as the best director the following team: Harva Agustriansyah, Lola Amaira, Adriyanto Dewo, Tika Pramesti, Shalahuddin Siregar and Agha Fahriansyah, for the film Lima (Indonesia), whereas the best script has gone to the Iranian long film Appendix.

The jury of the Official Section was made up of Roger García, President of the Asian Film Academy and of the Asian Film Awards, Briccio Santos, President of Asean Film, Elizaveta Stishova, Director, Carlos Reviriego, Programming Director of Filmoteca Nacional, and Jean Marie del Moral, photographer.

The rest of sections of the Festival that also compete for AFFBCN awards have been the following: Official Panorama, Discoveries, Netpac and Special. The only section that did not compete was the Retrospective that this year was devoted to the Japanese film director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The awards of the Official Section Panorama films that competed were the following:

Best Film: Suleiman Mountain by Elisaveta Stishova (Kyrgyzstan)

Best Director: Eda Yuka (Japan) for Girl’s encounter

Best Script: Love Education (China) by Sylvia Chang.

The jury of the Official Section Panorama was made up of Iván Llamas, 
producer, Paco Poch, producer and distributor, Chan Tai-li
, director, Alvin Tse, programmer of Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Catherine de Montalembert, film critic.

The awards of the Section Discoveries films that competed are the following:

Best Film: The First Lap by Kim Dae-hwan (Korea)

Best director: for the Philippine Sheron Dyacon for Women of the Deeping River

Best script: for the film Lipstick Under My Burka (India).

The jury of the Section Discoveries was made up of: Xavi Lezcano, Director of El Americana Film Fest, Joan Sala, Filmin programmer, Claudio Zulián, Director and Visual Artist, Montse Rovira and Carlos Benítez of the project Naschy. This jury presented the Cathay Pacific awards.

Section Netpac presented the award to the best film: A Tiger in Winter (Korea) and the jury was made up of Do Kyung Kim, Korean Director, Chandra Ray, Director, Qazi Abdur Rahim, Director of Imagine India Film Festival, Javier Martín Domínguez, President of the International Press Club and producer, and Haruan Agustriasyah, Indonesian Director.

Finally, the award of the Special Section was for the film By the time it gets dark (Thailand) by the Director Anocha Suwichakornpong. The following have made up the jury of this section: Iu Gorina Riva, Director, Berger Capati, Director, Rafael Montón, translator and film critic, Jana Travé, and the following film students: Jana Travé, Sergi Aragon, Jùlia Gaitano, Elliot Huéscar, Joan Miquel Bruno, Manel Ávila Martínez.

The 6th edition of the Asian Film Festival. Barcelona (AFFBCN) has programmed 108 films from 23 Asian countries that have been screened throughout 12 days at Cinemes Girona, Caixaforum, Filmoteca de Catalunya, and Museo de la Inmigración.

The Asian Film Festival 2018 began in CaixaForum on the 31st of October with the screening of the film Suleiman Montain from Kyrgysztan by the director Elisaveta Stisova and was officially opened at Cinemes Girona on the 7th of November, with Shoplifters, long film, which has been translated into Spanish as Un asunto de familia and that won the Golden Palm at this year's Cannes Festival.

The Asian Film Festival Barcelona is Casa Asia's best to give continuity to the celebration of an Asian film festival in the city and this year it was counted on the support of the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (ICEC), of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB), of Barcelona City Council, of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of Brussells, Cathay Pacific and We are Water Foundation, Betevé, Radio 4 and El Periódico de Catalunya.

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