QCinema's Main Competition Makes an Intense Comeback in its 10th Edition

QCinema’s main competition, Asian Next Wave, makes its much-awaited return in the festival’s special 10th edition, after an absence of two years.

Focusing on emerging filmmakers from Southeast Asia and East Asia with less than three features, this year’s competition slate features seven new titles competing for the Pylon Award. 

Fresh from its world premiere in Busan last month, Singaporean entry Ajoomma is the debut film of Shuming He and which competed in its New Currents section. It has been selected as Singapore’s entry to the Oscar Best International Film category.

Ajooma

The Japanese Oscar entry in the same category is Plan 75 by Chie Hayakawa. The sci-fi drama focuses on how the government lures the elderly to sign up for a mysterious life-and-death scheme. The first-time director was awarded a Cannes Golden Special Mention Winner.

Another Cannes entry, Return to Seoul, also premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Award. Cambodian director, Davy Chou, who was previously a QCinema juror, sets his second feature in Korea where its main character's journey to search for her biological parents takes a surprising turn. 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Return to Seoul

 

From its Locarno world premiere, short filmmaker, Sorayos Prapapan, makes his feature debut with Arnold is a Model Student, which dwells on its titular math student character amidst the background of student protests and authoritarianism in Thai schools.

Arnold is a Model Student

Autobiography by first-time Indonesian director Makbul Mubarak uses a fictitious election campaign as the backdrop for his moody thriller with metaphorical context. It was awarded the Orizzonti FIPRESCI Prize in Venice this year. 

CONTINUE READING BELOW
watch now

Closer to home, two Filipino titles complete the main competition. From its Cinemalaya premiere last August, Anna Isabelle Matutina’s 12 Weeks garnered the NETPAC Award. Headlined by its Best Actress award, Max Eigenmann, the debuting filmmaker’s character-driven story dwells on the harsh choices her pregnant character has to face.

12 Weeks

With a world premiere in the Asian Next Wave competition, Elehiya (previously titled Mirador) tells the story of a grieving widow who returns home to her ancestral villa where she is haunted by memories of her failed marriage.  Loy Arcenas makes a comeback with QCinema with Elehiya, his third feature. The film showcases the late iconic actress Cherie Gil in her last screen performance.

Elehiya 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This exciting roster of fresh directors from the region makes for a truly intense competition in QCinema, with its special 10th edition festival theme, "in10City."

View More Articles About:
More Videos You Can Watch
About The Author
Mario Alvaro Limos
Features Editor
View Other Articles From Mario
Latest Feed
Load More Articles
Connect With Us