33rd Tromsø International Film Festival – Asian Presence 2023

We present the Asian films that will be screened at the Tromsø International Film Festival (Norway) which will take place from January 16 – 22, 2023.

– Feature Films –

Before, Now & Then by Kamila Andini – Indonesia | 2022 – 103 minutes

Before, Now & Then is a strikingly beautiful film set in Indonesia in the mid-60s. Nana lives a good life with three children and an elderly, rich husband in Java. Indonesia’s turbulent history forms an unpleasant background in the film – and in Nana’s life. (TromsøIFF 2023)


Decision to Leave by Park Chan-wook – Korea | 2022 – 138 minutes

A detective’s burning desire leads to fatal consequences in master director Park Chan-wook’s newest film, a playful noir-inspired drama that alternately plays out as a murder mystery and a romantic tragedy. (TromsøIFF 2023)


Joyland by Saim Sadiq – Pakistan | 2021 – 126 minutes

In his directorial debut, Saim Sadiq plays with color, music, gender stereotypes, and prejudices in an emotional and beautiful film about a marginalized group in Pakistan. (TromsøIFF 2023)


Love Life by Rabu Raifu – Japan, France | 2022- 123 minutes

A married couple must navigate guilt and sorrow after a tragic accident. Shadows from the past also show up to further complicate their relationship’s fragile state. A subdued drama about learning to appreciate life. (TromsøIFF 2023)


My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki – Japan | 1988 – 86 minutes

When ten year old Mei and her little sister Satsuki move to the peaceful although enchanted countryside with their dad, they meet Totoro, the guardian of the forest. Suddenly, each day is filled with magical adventures in company of the giant forest spirit. (TromsøIFF 2023)


Noise by Ryûichi Hiroki – Japan | 2022 – 128 minutes

What do you do when you accidentally murder someone, hide their body, and then realize that the deceased is a serial killer wanted by the police? (TromsøIFF 2023)


Project Wolf Hunting by Hongsun Kim – Korea | 2022 – 122 minutes

If you want blood, this is the one for you. A brutally violent and bloody action movie that feels like the love child of Con Air and Predator. (TromsøIFF 2023)


What’s Love Got to Do with It? by Shekhar Kapur – UK | 2022 – 108 minutes

How can one find lasting love in today’s world? Set in London and Lahore, this charming and colorful romantic comedy challenges preconceived notions and attempts to answer this age-old question. (TromsøIFF 2023)


– Short Films –

Tank Fairy by Erich Rettstadt – Taiwan | 2021 – 10 minutes

This is a proper drag-fairy tale about a boy who doesn’t feel like other boys. With a little magical help, he seeks his way into the glamourous and shiny world he wants be a part of. A transformation even his reluctant mother might have to accept. (TromsøIFF 2023)


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