Opening the festival on Friday 27 March at the Ham Yard Theatre is the European Premiere of Indonesian film In the Absence of the Sun, which frames the modern metropolis of Jakarta as never seen before. Directed, written and edited by Lucky Kuswandi, it is a bittersweet tale of universal appeal, in which personal dramas and nostalgic memories unfold over the course of a single night.
Closing Asia House Film Festival 2015 on Tuesday 31 March at The Horse Hospital is the UK Premiere of Yangon Calling – Punk in Myanmar (Dir. Alexander Dluzak and Carsten Piefke, Germany / Myanmar), an award-winning documentary about Myanmar’s underground punk scene filmed secretly in the former military dictatorship using hidden cameras. It provides a rare portrait of the rebels who really do have a cause, introducing us to their homes, their friends, their families, and their hidden world of rehearsal rooms and illicit concerts.
The festival will also host the UK Premiere of Flashback Memories 3D, an unorthodox musical documentary from Japan that received the audience award at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival. Directed by Japan’s Tetsuaki Matsue, who is one of the most interesting filmmakers on Japan’s independent scene, it focuses on the didgeridoo maestro GOMA, who suffers from an inability to form new memories following a traffic accident at the peak of his career.