XVIII​​ Edition Asiatica
Encounters with Asian Cinema
17​​-​​20​​ december ​​2017
Cinema Quattro Fontane

For 18 years, Asiatica Film Festival has combined films and music from the Asian world, promoting and supporting the diffusion of Asian cultural expressions in Rome. The original idea was to build an innovative channel of communication with the Asian continent to spread awareness of its socio-cultural and economic situation, through different art forms. Every year, Asiatica presents about 50 unpublished productions, including feature films and documentaries, boosting the knowledge of Asian realities.

On the occasion of the next edition of the Festival, the Cultural Association Mnemosyne, promoter of the event for 17 years, has chosen to transfer its role to Join Cultural Initiatives, the new cooperative society for the promotion and distribution of cinematographic culture. An international jury, made up of three members, will be called upon to award the prize Città di Roma 2017.

The cultural offer of the Festival is aimed at a broad and not necessarily specialized public. Given its multifaceted nature, in every edition the Festival has attracted both filmmakers or experts of the field and those eager to deepen their knowledge of the Asian world, gathering a public of about 9,000 viewers.


  • Sunday 17 December

    20:30 The Home by Asghar Yousefinezhad (Iran) 78'

  • Monday 18 December

    17:00 Love and Shukla by Siddhartha Jatla (India) 107'

    19:00 Pauwi na by Paolo Villaluna (Filippine) 124'

    21:30 Free and Easy by Geng Jun (Cina) 98'

  • Tuesday 19 December

    17:00 Prison Sisters by Nima Sarvetsani (Svezia) 90'

    19:00 Ya Omri by Hady Zaccak (Libano) 83'

    21:00 Happiness by SABU (Giappone) 90'

  • Wednesday 20 December

    17:00 Burma Storybook by Petr Lom (Birmania) 81'

    18:30 Emma by Riri Riza (Indonesia) 77'

    20:00 Yavashaki (White Chair) by Reza Dormishan (Iran) 76'

    22:00 Pop Aye by Kirsten Tan (Singapore/Tailandia) 102'

The Jury


Elda Ferriclose

Her career started in 1978 with “Forza Italia!” by Roberto Faenza and includes, among others: all the films realized by the Jean Vigo Production Company, the most recent “I demoni di San Pietroburgo” (The Demons of St. Petersberg) (2007) by Giuliano Montaldo and “Il caso dell’infedele Klara” (The Case of Unfaithful Klara) (2009) by Roberto Faenza, but also “La vita è bella”  (Life is Beautiful) by Roberto Benigni, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Producer” together with Gianluigi Braschi, “Pinocchio” (2002) by Roberto Benigni and, as executive producer, “Mio caro dottor Gräsler” (The Bachelor) by Roberto Faenza, “Il Mostro” (The Monster) (1994) and “La tigre e la neve” (The tiger and the snow) (2005) by Roberto Benigni. In 1999 she received the Raoul Wallenberg Award at the Boston University for her contribution to the understanding of the Shoah thanks to the films “Jona che visse nella balena” (Jonah who lived in the Whale) (1993) by Roberto Faenza and “La vita è bella” (Life is Beautiful) by Roberto Benigni. In 2005 she was awarded the prize of the “European best producer of the year”, conferred by Media Salles in Amsterdam. She is currently working on the production of “Il peccato” by Andrei Konchalovsky.

Her career started in 1978 with “Forza Italia!” by Roberto Faenza ...

Mimmo Calopresti

Mimmo Calopresticlose

Mimmo Calopresti is a director, screenwriter, and actor. In 1985, he made a video for the Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico (AAMOD), which received the Festival Cinema Giovani of Torino award. Later, he realized several documentaries and short films, among others "Fratelli minori" (1987), "Ripresi" (1987) e "Alla Fiat era così" (1990). At the beginning of the 90s’, he started to collaborate with Rai, making documentaries. “La seconda volta” is his first feature film, with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marina Confalone and Nanni Moretti, presented at the Official Selection of Cannes Festival. In 1998 he made “La parola amore esiste” (Notes of Love) which won the Nastro d’Argento award for the Best Original Screenplay. In the following years, he acted in three movies: “Le parole di mio padre”(The words of my father, 2002) by Francesca Comencini, “La felicità non costa niente”(Happiness costs nothing, 2003) and in Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s first movie, “È più facile per un cammello…”(It's easier for a camel...). In 2006 he shot “Volevo solo vivere”(I only wanted to live), a documentary about the holocaust, and in 2007 he directed and written “L’abbuffata”. At the Venice International Film Festival, in 2008, Calopresti presented “La fabbrica dei tedeschi”, a documentary about the accident at the Thyssen Krupp Turin factory. In 2015 he shot “Uno per tutti” and in 2016 his documentary “La fabbrica fantasma”.

Mimmo Calopresti is a director, screenwriter, and actor. In 1985 ...

Shahana Goswami

Shahana Goswamiclose

Shahana Goswami started her career in the Indian Film industry as an actress. She has worked in about 20 films in her career of 10 years. She is most know for her performances in "Rock on !!!” (*) ( won  the film fare Best Actress Critics Choice), Nandita Das “Firaaq” (*)( Stardust Best Breakthrough Performance) and more recently for "Tu Hai Mera Sunday" ( won Best Actress at the Mississauga International South Asian Film Festival, Canada) In the last 5 years she has also worked on various international project including Khyentse Norbu’s "Vara- A blessing", Paul Cox,s "Force of Destiny", Deepa Mehta’s "Middnight’s Children" and Rubaiyat Hossain’s "Under Construction" ( won Best Actress at the Islantilla International Film Festival, Spain). Her last film "In the Shadows", direct by Dipesh Jain has already been widely appreciated in Pusan International Film Festival, MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival (won the Grand Jury Prize) and in Chicago International Film Festival. Shahana is based in Paris now since the last two years and is working on her directorial debut that she is in the process of writing.

Shahana Goswami started her career in the Indian Film industry ...


This year, Asiatica has chosen Cinema 4 Fontane in Via delle Quattro Fontane, 23.
Cinema 4 Fontane is one of the most famous and historical movie theatres in the Capital.
Situated in the heart of Rome, halfway between Palazzo del Quirinale and Piazza della Repubblica, Cinema 4 Fontane is easily accessible by public transport. It is located within walking distance from two metro A stations, Repubblica and Barberini, and it can be reached by bus, lines number 40, 60, 64, 70, 71, 170 from via Nazionale.