The Aesthetica Short Film Festival champions contemporary cinema from around the globe, each year showcasing specially curated programmes from three featured countries. This initiative brings brand new films to the festival audience, and highlights exceptional filmmaking talent. For ASFF 2015, the guest countries are Cuba, China and Brazil.
Showcasing Studies of Contemporary Cuba
Muestra Joven brings a collection of innovative and haunting works to ASFF this year, with five character studies of contemporary Cuba. An elderly English teacher and a retiree miner consider their modern livelihoods, while two young musicians tentatively meet as competitors. Casting an eye over themes of isolation and interpersonal relationship, these shorts are portraits of individuals seeking meaning.
Turning Attention to Filmmaking in China
ASFF turns its attention to independent filmmaking in China with this special screening curated by director Ting Liu. A mixture of observational drama and frank documentary-making, these films delve into the world of punk music and youth culture through the eyes of teenagers living in China today; as well as the older generations adapting to keep up with the rapidly transforming social environment of the country.
Highlighting New Cinema in Brazil
Associação Cultural Kinoforum transports audiences to the vibrant city of Sao Paulo and beyond. A fusion of drama and documentary, these films juxtapose stories of adolescence and the ancient landscape of Brazil’s rivers with humour and vitality. Youthful political awakening sits alongside a careful contemplation of the capital’s Tietê River and a portrait of indigenous men with a passion for surfing.
The guest country screenings are free to attend with a valid Festival Pass. To pick up a Festival Pass, visit www.asff.co.uk/tickets
To view the films in each guest country strand, view the ASFF 2015 Programme.
ASFF 2015 runs from 5 to 8 November in York. Tickets can be bought at the Festival Hub from 5 November, located in Visit York, 1 Museum St, York.
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1. Marta María Borrás (Cooperativa Producciones), Paris, Puertas Abiertas (Paris, Open Doors) Cuba, 2014.