The People's Jury of the 11th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival has awarded the Grand Prix of the Festival to "Free and Easy" (Hong Kong 2017) directed by Geng Jun. The 3500 euro award was founded by the Polish Film Institute.
The Special Mention goes to "KFC" (Vietnam 2017) directed by Lê Bình Giang.
The NETPAC Jury chose "Marlina the Murder in Four Acts" (Indonesia/Malaysia/Thailand/France 2017) directed by Mouly Surya as the best picture of the festival.
People's Jury included: Jowita Agnieszka Czubek, Dominika Drzastwa, Agata Herbich, Maja Jankowska, Katarzyna Karpińska, Michał Mielnik, Julia Niedziejko, Paweł Skrzypczak, Szymon Szeszuła, Patrycja Wysokińska, Marcin Zwolan. The NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) Jury included: Siddiq Barmak, Cüneyt Cebenoyan, and Sonali Joshi.
FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX AWARDED BY PEOPLE'S JURY: FREE AND EASY (dir. Geng Jun, Hong Kong 2017)
For a brave social satire disregarding the censorship, for creating a unique cinematic space in which the Chinese province becomes the background for an ironic tale of evil, and for the subversive use of soap as a weapon of mass destruction; the People's Jury of the 11th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival chooses "Free and Easy" directed by Geng Jun as the best film of the New Asian Cinema section.
SPECIAL MENTION AWARDED BY PEOPLE'S JURY: KFC (dir. Lê Bình Giang, Vietnam 2017)
For combining genre conventions with a non-compromising, auteur vision, for the pop cultural potential and a pioneering contribution to Vietnamese exploitation cinema, and finally for crossing the borders of taste between Coca Cola and Pepsi; the People's Jury awards the Special Mention to "KFC," the debut feature by Lê Bình Giang.
NETPAC JURY AWARD: MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS (dir. Mouly Surya, Indonesia/Malaysia/Thailand/France 2017)
"Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts" was our unanimous choice for the NETPAC award at this year’s Five Flavours Film Festival. The film has a unique singular vision, particularly in its stylistic qualities, using the iconography of the western transposed onto contemporary Asian landscapes. It is striking and challenging, and carries with it exceptional qualities in editing and sound design in particular. Mouly Surya is no doubt one of Asian cinema’s outstanding talents today, and she brings her distinctive voice to this film.
Congratulations to the winners!