14 Asian films to tempt festival directors in 2024

January 20, 2024
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Screen spotlights 15 Asian titles to tempt festival directors in 2024, including upcoming features from Mouly Surya, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Oh Seung-uk, Ash Mayfair and Chong Keat Aun, as well as a drama written by The Florida Project director Sean Baker.

Don’t Cry Butterfly (Viet-Sing-Phil-Indo)
Dir. Duong Dieu Linh
The directorial feature debut of Singapore-based Vietnamese filmmaker Duong is a comedy drama that continues to focus on angsty middle-aged Vietnamese women, following a series of shorts that include award-winning A Trip To Heaven and Sweet, Salty. The feature is about a woman who attempts to use voodoo to win back her unfaithful husband, while her 20-year-old daughter prepares to seek a more promising life abroad. Tan Si En from Singapore’s Momo Film leads the international co-production with Vietnam’s Kalei Films and the Philippines’ Fusee alongside Pupa Films, Indonesia’s KawanKawan Media and the UK’s Adeline Arts & Sciences.

This City Is A Battlefield (Indo-Sing-Neth-Fr-Nor-Phil)
Dir. Mouly Surya
Adapted from Mochtar Lubis’ 1952 novel A Road With No End, the fourth film by Indonesian director Mouly tells the story of a school teacher and war hero who lives in Jakarta after the country claims independence from the Dutch and the Japanese. The cast includes Chicco Jerikho, Ariel Tatum and Jerome Kurnia. Rama Adi of Cinesurya is the lead producer, with co-producers including Tan Si En, Anthony Chen of Giraffe Pictures, Denis Vaslin of Volya Films, Isabelle Glachant of Shasha & Co Production. Mouly’s films have played in Sundance, Toronto and Rotterdam, while Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2017. She has directed upcoming Netflix feature Trigger Warning, starring Jessica Alba.