||16th (fri) – 25th (sun) September,
||Solaria Cinema 1, Nishitetsu
Hall, Elgala Hall,
NTT Yume Tenjin Hall, Fukufuku Hall,
Chuo Ward Civic Center
|EXHIBITION OF :
||36 films from 15 nations and
|| Focus on Asia 2005 – FIFF 16,446
Sponsored Events 2,230
||A Border for Life (2005/Iran)
At the junction of the 15th time this year, Middle
Eastern films were featured.
Syrian and Iraqi films were screened for the first time
with a good reputation.
Especially the director Mr. Jano Rosebiani, who came
from Iraq which is
under a new regime after braking down Saddam Hussein
attracted the media
and got a lot of interviews. The forum "Middle
East Cinema" also attracted a
lot of audience. At the forum, Mr. Rosebiani and Ms.
Waha Al-raheb, the
Syrian director made a presentation on the current situation
of the film
production in their countries. Several prize-winning
short films at "1st Iraqi
short film festival" were also screened as reference.
Among the Middle Eastern films, "The Willow Tree
(Iran)", the latest film
of Mr. Majid Majidi after a lapse of 4 years and "So
Close, So Far (Iran)",
one of the most-loved Iranian films in 2005 were especially
noticed. In the
documentary category, Taiwanese masterpiece "Jump!
Boys" was screened
for the first time in Japan and many domestic distributors
got interested in it.
"Echoes from the Miike Mine (Japan)" depicted
the local problem in Fukuoka,
and therefore a lot of local audience came to see it.
Impressive films such as "A Breath (India)",
"Against the Tide (Sri Lanka)" and
"The Gravel Road (Malaysia)" were also screened.
With regard to the guests, Mr. Park Joong-hun met the
expectation of cinema
aficionado as one of Korean top-name stars. Mr. Asahi
Kurizuka, the leading
actor of "Turn Over (Japan)" came to Fukuoka
for three times all the way from
Kyoto, which made the audience very pleased. Mr. Fahad,
a child star from
Bangladesh also achieved the popularity in no time.
Furthermore, the discount service by the festival ticket
at restaurants since last
year was received better along with its expansion this
year. The homepage service
for a mobile phone also began which makes easier to
get the festival information.