24th FestCurtasBH – Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival – Asian Presence 2022

These are the Asian films that will be screened at the FestCurtasBH – Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival which will take place from October 14 – 23, 2022.

International Competition

A Man Trembles by Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen – Singapore | 2021

Set against the backdrop of the Asian Financial Crisis, a family confronts a mysterious entity at the island of Sentosa on their last day on Earth. (SGIFF 2021)


Baghthan by Sunil Pandey – Nepal | 2022

As more and more people move to the cities, the director’s grandfather tells him how once the residents of their village lured a tiger into a stone cage. Past and present seem to intertwine in this reflection on migration, tradition, and memory. (IFFR)


My Mother’s Tongue by Jean-Baptiste Phou – Cambodia | 2022

My Mothers Tongue explores the complexity of communication in a mother and son relationship when they don’t speak the same language. (CambodiaIFF 2022)


Three Circles With(in) the Wale by Go-Eun Im – South Korea, Netherlands | 2022

How much do we sense, speculate, and respond to the signs conveyed by the life and death of other beings? How can we open up our clandestine relationship with them? Rather than blur or abolish boundaries, can we sustain the tension that animates such alterity and not neutralize that relationship? In search of answers, whale-time and human-time dive into small circles where emptiness and fullness meet. (EXIS 2022)

Will You Look at Me by Shuli Huang – China | 2022

As a young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown in search for himself, a long due conversation with his mother dives the two of them into a quest for acceptance and love. (LightsOnFilm)


Parallel Section – Youth

Honey by Tanmay Chowdhary, Tanvi Chowdhary – India | 2022

Childhood friends, now in their twenties, reunite during a Durga Puja festival. Though this homecoming takes place in a bustling city, directors Tanmay and Tanvi Chowdhary create a world of intimacy over the course of one evening, as the girls hum electric with possibility. (Film at Lincoln Center)


Parallel Section – Animation

Piropiro by Miyoung Baek – South Korea | 2021

A bird living in a forest, Piripiro, happens to meet another bird, Dallae, living in a flower shop in a city. Piropiro approaches to Dallae to fly back together to the forest. (BIKY 2022)


Squish! by Tulapop Saenjaroen – Thailand, Singapore | 2021

Squish! is a meditation; filtered through both old and foreseeable technology informed by Thai animation history and contemporary culture, and a constant process of constructing and deforming new selves to simulate ‘movements’. (EncountersFF 2022)


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