51st FEST International Film Festival – Asian Presence 2023

We present the Asian films that will be screened at the FEST International Film Festival which will take place from February 24 until March 5, 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia.

A Hundred Flowers by Genki Kawamura – Japan | 2022 – 104 minutes

Every time my mother loses her memory, I regain my love for her…
A story of love and memory, written and directed by Kawamura Genki and starring Suda Masaki and Harada Mieko, that will inevitably move you to tears. (TIFF 2022)


Broker by Hirokazu Koreeda – Korea | 2022 – 129 minutes

A baby box is a small space, where parents can leave behind their babies anonymously. Sanghyun (SONG Kang-ho) finds new parents for a baby left in a baby box and makes a special deal with them. He calls himself a broker of good will. Sanghyun works with Dongsoo (GANG Dong-won) in this endeavour. They get involved with Soyoung (LEE Ji Eun), who placed her baby in the baby box, but has now come back for her baby. Meanwhile, Detective Soojin (BAE Doona) and Detective Lee (LEE Joo Young) are watching, and they quietly track them down to capture the crucial evidence. (KOFFIA 2022)


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

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death. The detective in charge, Hae-joon (PARK Hae-il), comes to meet the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (TANG Wei). Seo-rae does not show any signs of agitation at her husband’s death. With her behaviour so unlike that of a grieving relative, the police consider her a suspect. Hae-joon interrogates Seo-rae, and while observing her on stakeout, feels himself slowly developing an interest in her. Meanwhile the difficult-to-read Seo-rae, despite being suspected of a crime, acts boldly towards Hae-joon. A suspect who is hiding her true feelings. A detective who suspects and desires his suspect. Their Decision to Leave. (KOFFIA 2022)


Love Life by Koji Fukada – France, Japan | 2022 – 123 minutes

Taeko and her husband Jiro are living a peaceful existence with her young son Keita, when a tragic accident brings a strange deaf man back into her life. To cope with the pain and guilt, Taeko throws herself into helping him. In Love Life, Fukada explores the sense of loss and individual loneliness through a woman seeking a new meaning in her life. (TGHFF 2022)


Nice View by Wen Muye – China | 2022 – 106 minutes

20-year-old Jing Hao came to Shenzhen to live with his young sister alone. The siblings live a warm yet straitened life. In an effort to pay for his sister’s expensive surgery, Jing Hao gets an opportunity by chance, thinking that a better life is coming, but unexpectedly encounters a serious setback. Under the pressure of both time and money, Jing Hao, who has no way out, decides to take a desperate gamble. Can this ignite the spark of hope for his troubled ordinary life? (IMDb)


Return To Seoul by Davy Chou
Cambodia, Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, Qatar, Romania | 2022 – 115 minutes

25-year-old Freddie is on an unplanned holiday in Seoul, her first time in South Korea after being adopted to France as a baby. Free-spirited, assertive and blunt even, she impulsively decides with the help of a friend to seek out her biological parents. The language barrier and patriarchal customs add to the friction and unease of reunion, but rather than providing resolution, the encounter sets her on a journey of personal discovery and transformation. (SGIFF 2022)


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