If you yearn for exotic adventures, but lack funds to get you through Christmas, let alone journeys to far off lands, fear not. A magic carpet in the shape of the Pan- Asia Film Festival awaits you.
China, Japan, Taiwan, Bhutan, Iran and the Philippines are just some of the destinations on offer where unique insights into eastern lives, literal and metaphorical journeys and beautiful and unfamiliar territories will be gained. Discover sumptuous, impressionistic, innovative and epic cinematographic styles from Chinese Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Hero), Bhutanese Neten Chokling and Taiwanese Yu-Chieh Cheng.
Amid the treasures the festival brings are two UK premieres: Those Three - a beautiful atmospheric debut feature by award winning Iranian Naghi Nemati and Bakal Boys (pictured) directed by acclaimed Filipino documentary maker Ralston Jover, about the boys who dive for scrap metal in the harbour slums of Manila. There's a rare opportunity to see "Milarepa", Neten Choklings new feature about legendary Tibetan Buddhist mystic and saint Jetsun Milarepa and an evening of short films selected by ‘Future Shorts’, the world's leading short film label. Surely enough to make a satisfying dent in your wanderlust.
This is the 2nd Pan-Asia film festival and is brought to us by Asia House,. All films (except Future Shorts) are showing at the Apollo Cinema betwen 27 Nov-11 Dec. Bookings: Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus.