Aruna & Her Palate (Aruna & Lidahnya) (2018)

DINSDAG 5 MAART: 19:00 (OPENINGSFILM) & 19:15 | ZATERDAG 9 MAART: 19:45

Epidemiologist Aruna (Dian Sastrowardoyo) is sent to investigate a reported outbreak of  Bird Flu all over Indonesia. Her chef friend Bono (Nicholas Saputra) comes along for the ride, steering her into a culinary tour in search of a nasi goreng (fried rice) recipe. Things get testy when Aruna’s old flame Farish (Oka Antara), arrives to monitor her work. The discovery of government foul play stirs unpredictability into the pot.

First Night Nerves (八個女人一台戲) (2018)

DINSDAG 5 MAART: 21:30 | ZATERDAG 9 MAART: 15:00

All eyes are on Hong Kong City Hall as the final week of rehearsals begin on Two Sisters, a stage production starring rival actresses Yuan Xiuling (Sammi Cheng, one of Johnnie To’s favourite actresses) and He Yuwen (Gigi Leung, Sylvia Chang’s Tempting Heart). When the two drama queens aren’t feuding about line counts and tabloid gossip, they’re swamped by personal problems.

Dear Ex (誰先愛上他的) (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART | 12:45

Inspired by real life characters, this entertaining dramedy is a triumphant promotion for Taiwan’s progressive march towards equality in marriage rights. After professor Zhengyuan’s death, his wife Sanlian is incensed when she finds out that his insurance beneficiary is his male lover Jay. Things get even messier when Sanlian’s teenage son moves into Jay’s home.

Guang (光) (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART | 13:30

Wen-guang (Kyo Chen) is autistic, and his younger brother Didi (Ernest Chong) has been  stuck taking care of him ever since their mother passed away. Didi tries everything he can to find suitable work for his older brother, but all the while, Wen-guang has been on a quest of his own, seeking pieces to a secret project that makes full use of his hidden gifts. Guang, which means light in Chinese, takes on a stunning symbolic meaning in the poetic finale.

Run To The Beach (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART: 15:00 | ZONDAG 10 MAART: 14:35

Cousins Sam and Happy (Maisha Kanna and Lil’li Latisha) used to be close, but they’ve drifted apart. The two end up going on a roadtrip together with Sam’s mother Uci (Marsha Timothy) all across Java, eventually seeing the world through new eyes.

Turning 18 (未來無恙) (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART | 15:15

Chen and Pei, two Taiwanese indigenous teenager girls, come from broken homes. Chen takes care of her nine siblings and drunk mother, finding occasional comfort in Taekwondo and dreams of leaving. Pei lives with her boyfriend to escape from an abusive home. The girls meet during a summer internship, but in the years leading to their 18th birthday, their lives take a major turn into two very different paths.

On Your Wedding Day (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART: 17:00 | ZATERDAG 9 MAART: 12:45

P.E. teacher Woo-yeon (Kim Young-gwang) likes to tell exciting tall tales about his first love, but he is not so excited to receive a wedding invitation from her. Back in 2005, Seung-hee (Park Bo-young, Scandal Makers, A Werewolf Boy) transferred to his high school and promptly turned his heart (and hormones) upside down. Woo-yeon spends the next ten years chasing after her. But love is about timing and theirs is always just a bit off.

Wushu Orphan (武林孤儿) (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART: 17:15 | ZATERDAG 9 MAART: 17:00

In Henan, the cradle of Chinese martial arts, stands the country’s biggest wushu academy. Here, hundreds of boys train in hopes of becoming the next Bruce Lee. Novice teacher Lu (Noch Jin) arrives to teach Chinese but soon realises that academic subjects are an afterthought at this school. The accidental agitator becomes increasingly frustrated and concerned about a stubborn bullied student who keeps trying to run away.

Cek Toko Sebelah (2016)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART: 19:15 | ZONDAG 10 MAART: 18:30

Erwin (Ernest Prakasa), the go-getting second son of a Chinese family, was forced by his dad Koh A-fuk’s (Chew Kin Wah) to take over their mom-and-pop store. This leaves his older brother Yohan (Dion Wiyoko) feeling unworthy of their dad’s trust, an epic failure for a first-born in any Asian family. Their friction opens up old scars in the past, including their mother’s sacrifices, and the historic purge of ethnic Chinese.

Little Forest (Liteul Poreseuteu) (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART | 19:45 After failing her college graduation exam in Seoul, Hye-won (The Handmaiden’s Kim Tae-ri) returns to her rural hometown with many unresolved questions in mind. Over four seasons, she grows and harvests her own ingredients, reconnects with friends and prepares hearty meals that awaken memories of the mother (Moon So-ri, Oasis) who left her.

Fish Bones (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART: 21:30 | ZATERDAG 9 MAART: 19:30

Fish Bones follows the story of Hana (Joony Kim), a beautiful young Korean immigrant in New York, living a double life. As a dutiful daughter, Hana is expected to work hard at school, help her family business, while hiding away her secret life of being a model and being in love with a woman.

Baby (寶貝兒) (2018)

WOENSDAG 6 MAART | 21:45

During the ’90s, a steep rise in abandoned children (the majority being girls or babies with health defects) forced the government to pay poor families to provide foster homes for them. One of them is Jiang Meng (Yang Mi) who at 18, is forced by law to move out of her foster family. At the hospital where she works, she encounters a baby girl born with the same congenital illness as herself.

Father (紅盒子) (2017)

DONDERDAG 7 MAART: 17:00 | ZONDAG 10 MAART: 14:30

Chen Hsi-huang is the master of Taiwanese traditional glove puppetry. Yet, Chen is a haunted man, still living under the shadow of his late father, the legendary Li Tian-lu, who was bestowed “Living National Treasure” by the Taiwan government, and the subject of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Puppetmaster, not to mention appearing in several of Hou’s masterpieces.

The Rib (肋骨) (2018)

DONDERDAG 7 MAART: 17:30 | ZONDAG 10 MAART: 16:30

Huanyu (Yuan Weijie) is a trans woman in China seeking gender reassignment surgery. In order to get it, though, she needs to get the consent of her devoutly Christian father (Huang Jingyi). Their closeknit parish regards this as a sin or sickness that can be prayed away, culminating in a spiritual crisis for both father and son.

A Tale of Samurai Cooking (Bushi no kondate) (2013)

DONDERDAG 7 MAART | 19:00

Not all samurai wield swords. As the heir to a distinguished line of chefs in Kaga (now Ishikawa prefecture), Yasunobu Funaki (Kengo Kora, Shoplifters, Shin Gojira) reluctantly wields a kitchen knife. The prideful samurai, however, shows no talent in gastronomy until he marries a headstrong wife (Aya Ueto, Azumi, Hanzawa Naoki) who teaches him the art of cooking.

Tracey (翠絲) (2018)

DONDERDAG 7 MAART | 19:15

Tai-hung (Philip Keung) seems to be living an ideal life with a successful business and a doting wife (Kara Hui). But when he learns that an old friend has died, he’s forced to come to terms with a secret that he’s been hiding all along – he’s really a woman trapped in a man’s body. Caught between his duties as a family man and his own destiny, he struggles to define the right thing to do.

Chiwawa (2019)

DONDERDAG 7 MAART: 21:20 | VRIJDAG 8 MAART: 16:45

Chiwawa (Shiori Yoshida), an effervescent young woman, is murdered. Miki (Mugi Kadowaki, Love’s Whirlpool), a friend that has lost touch with Chiwawa, realises that she didn’t really know her. Through conversations with her friends, she reconstructs the roller coaster of events that brought Chiwawa to her grisly end.

The Pool (Narok 6 Meter) (2018)

DONDERDAG 7 MAART: 22:00 | ZATERDAG 9 MAART: 21:45

Through a series of unfortunate coincidences, Day (Theeradej Wongpuapan), an art director for a commercial production company, ends up stuck at the bottom of a 6 meter swimming pool with his girlfriend Koi (Ratnamon Ratchiratham) and an increasingly agitated crocodile.

Rainbow’s Sunset (2018)

VRIJDAG 8 MAART: 14:30 | ZONDAG 10 MAART: 20:40

An elderly Senator (legendary star Eddie Garcia), the pride of his small, provincial hometown, moves in with his terminally-ill best friend Fredo (Tony Mabesa) in his final days. It turns out that their connection goes beyond mere friendship, and the revelation of their relationship brings scandal to the town, and conflict among his three adult children. It’s up to his saintly wife (Gloria Romero) to restore harmony.

Cities of Last Things (幸福城市) (2018)

VRIJDAG 8 MAART: 17:00 | ZATERDAG 9 MAART: 13:30

In near-future Taiwan, Zhang Dong-ling (Hou Hsiao-hsien regular Jack Kao) is a former cop wandering the high tech streets in search of revenge and a lost love. In the present, Zhang (Lee Hong Chi) is a policeman who runs afoul of corrupt colleagues, and forms a bond with a kleptomanic foreigner. And in the past, Xie Zhang-yin, a delinquent teenager arrested on the same night as a lady gangster (Ding Ning) discovers they have a connection.

The Looming Storm (暴雪將至) (2017)

VRIJDAG 8 MAART | 19:00

Hunan Province, 1996. When bodies of young women are discovered in a small town, the police suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. With dreams of achieving greatness, Yu Guowei (Duan Yihong) – a security guard at a local state-run factory – decides to play detective, coercing his fellow-workers to join him. Yu believes that he’s getting closer to the truth, but his world is about to be wiped out by a wave of change sweeping China.

Mixed Match (2016)

VRIJDAG 8 MAART | 19:15

Multiracial people, called “hapa” in North America, are probably the fastest-growing  demographic in the world. Being of mixed-race is not just about an identity, but can be a matter of life and death. Due to their complex genetic makeup, mixed-race cancer patients struggle to find bone marrow or blood cell donors. Not only are ethnicities such as Asian or African under-represented in the available databases, mixed-race profiles are even rarer.

Tumbbad (2018)

VRIJDAG 8 MAART | 21:15

In the village of Tumbbad, a cursed treasure is hidden inside a mansion, guarded by a ravenous fallen god. In the 1930s, as fervour for independence surges through India, Vinayak Rao (Sohum Shah) returns to this village to claim his ancestral right to the mansion. To satisfy his thirst for gold, he breaks a vow to his mother, and risks waking his monstrous great-grandmother from a century-long sleep.

Secrets In The Hot Spring (切小金家的旅館) (2018)

VRIJDAG 8 MAART | 21:45

20 years old and still in high school, Hsiaochin (Chang Ting-hu) is a slacker without a future. For winter vacation, he is tricked by his grandparents into visiting the family’s hot spring hotel, which he is expected to take over someday. If having two goofy classmates tag along isn’t bad enough, imagine what happens when they start running into things that go bump in the night.

Folklore: A Mother’s Love + Nobody

VRIJDAG 8 MAART | 00:00

Folklore is an original horror series commissioned by HBO Asia, consisting of six one-hour episodes set in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. This first part consists of the episodes A Mother's Love and Nobody.

CinemAsia FilmLAB 10th Anniversary

ZATERDAG 9 MAART | 15:30

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of FilmLAB, 55 CinemAsia’s talent development program. Throughout the years FilmLAB has given aspiring filmmakers with Asian roots the opportunity to turn their personal stories into short films. Thus far this has resulted in the production of almost 30 short films.

Ave Maryam (2018)

ZATERDAG 9 MAART | 17:30 

Sister Maryam (Maudy Koesnaedi, Si Doel) takes cares of elderly nuns in a nursing facility. One day, Yosef (Chicco Jerikho, Filosofi Kopi), a handsome and liberal pastor arrives to lead the church. What begins with exchanging flirtatious glances on the sly develops into something more serious as Maryam and Yosef find themselves drawn irresistibly to each other. Long dormant desires reawaken within Maryam, putting her at the crossroads between her passion and lifelong vow to God.

Dark Figure of Crime (Am-soo-sal-in) (2018)

ZATERDAG 9 MAART | 21:50

Convict Kang Tae-oh (Ju Ji-hoon) reveals to detective Kim Hyung-min (Kim Yoon-seok) that he murdered six other people before getting caught for killing his girlfriend. Kang selectively reveals details about the crimes to Kim, who must relentlessly filter through the psychopath’s manipulative motives and lies to track down the victims’ bodies and identities.

Folklore: Pob + Toyol

ZATERDAG 9 MAART | 23:00 Folklore is an original horror series commissioned by HBO Asia, consisting of six one-hour episodes set in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. This first part consists of the episodes Pob and Toyol.

Ala Changso (阿拉姜色) (2018)

ZONDAG 10 MAART | 12:30

Drolma (Nyima Sungsung) surprises her gruff but loving husband Dorje (Yungdrung Gyal) with her plan take a pilgrimage to Lhasa — a grueling, year-long voyage. Norbu, her sulky, defiant son from a previous marriage, insists on coming along. A moving family drama unfolds even as a revelation shocks everyone to the core.

Turning 18 (未來無恙) (2018) + The Memory of Water (珍摩露與蒸魚)

ZONDAG 10 MAART | 12:30

Chen and Pei, two Taiwanese indigenous teenager girls, come from broken homes. Chen takes care of her nine siblings and drunk mother, finding occasional comfort in Taekwondo and dreams of leaving. Pei lives with her boyfriend to escape from an abusive home. The girls meet during a summer internship, but in the years leading to their 18th birthday, their lives take a major turn into two very different paths.

Born Bone Born (Senkotsu) (2018)

ZONDAG 10 MAART | 16:45

Four years after the matriarch’s death, the Shinjo family has come together on Aguni Island for senkotsu, an ancient Okinawa ritual that offers people the chance for a final farewell to their loved ones. However, siblings Yuko and Tsuyoshi have returned with unexpected surprises and old grudges to be solved.

The Lady Improper (非分熟女) (2018)

ZONDAG 10 MAART | 19:00 (CLOSING FILM + AWARD CEREMONY)

Siu Man (Charlene Choi) scowls through her job as a gynaecology nurse, while trying to hide her mail-order dildo from her co-workers. Her marriage has fallen apart due to a non-existent sex life. When her father (legendary action star Lau Wing) is hospitalized, she is forced to run his cha-chaan-teng (Hong Kong style diner). But how can Siu Man, who’s been forbidden to enter the kitchen since childhood, recreate her father’s signature dishes?