Farewell to our friend Kobayashi Masahiro !

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It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of the Japanese director, faithful of the Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul, Kobayashi Masahiro (1954 - 2022) at the age of 68 years. 

President of the Jury in 2008, he was also three times in competition in 2002, 2011 and 2013 with The Man Who Walks on Snow, Haru's Journey (Audience Award) and Japan's Tragedy (Jury Award).

Two other of his major works: Bashing and The Rebirth were presented in his presence.

Pax Aeterna.

Theatre release of "Leila's Brothers" with Taraneh Alidoosti

Taraneh Alidoosti on stage in Vesoul in 2014. - ©FICAVesoul

Released in France this Wednesday, Leila and Her Brothersby Saeed Roustaee, winner of the Fipresci Award and the Citizenship Award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The female lead is Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti. She was a member of the international jury of the 20th FICA Vesoul 2014 chaired by Brillante Mendoza. She received a special mention at the 19th FICA Vesoul 2013 for her acting in Modest Reception by Mani Haghighi.

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Taraneh Alidoosti with Brillante Mendoza in Vesoul in 2014. - ©FICAVesoul


Congratulations to Leila Hatami !

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We send our warmest congratulations to Leila Hatami, Iranian actress, (A Separation), President of the Jury and Honorary Golden Cyclo of the 28th Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul, for her nomination as a member of the Jury of the 79th Venice Film Festival (31 August - 10 September 2022).

Petition for the release of Jafar Panahi, Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad

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(text from the petition)


On Friday, July 8th, Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad, respected and dedicated Iranian filmmakers, were arrested in their residences and transferred to Evin prison. A day later Jafar Panahi was arrested while he was waiting in front of the prison with other filmmakers to enquire about the arrest.

As we continue to strongly condemn the authorities for their disregard of basic human rights and civil liberties and the persistent repression and pressure inflicted on independent Iranian filmmakers, we demand the immediate and unconditional release of our colleagues.

We ask for support from artists and filmmakers all over the world for the release of the imprisoned artists.


غروب جمعه هفدهم تیر ماه، محمد رسول‌اف و مصطفا آل‌احمد، سینماگران منتقد و متعهد در یورشی برنامه‌ریزی .شده به محل زندگی‌شان، بازداشت و به محل نامعلومی منتقل شدند. روز بعد جعفر پناهی،  هنگام پیگیری وضعیت بازداشت شدگان به همراهی گروهی از فیلمسازان مقابل زندان اوین‌، بازداشت‌ شد

ضمن محکوم کردن سرکوب و فشار مستمر به سینماگران مستقل و آزاداندیشان و عدم رعایت حقوق اولیه‌ی فردی و اجتماعی توسط نهادها و سازمان‌های ذی‌ربط، خواستار آزادی فوری و بدون قید و شرط همکاران‌مان هستیم

همراهی هنرمندان، سینماگران و کنش‌گران سراسر جهان را برای آزادی هنرمندان و منتقدین در بند خواستاریم



Detention of Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof in Terhan


Today we learned of the arrest in Tehran of Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi.

Jafar Panahi was president of the international jury at the FICA in 2004 The festival awarded him a golden cyclo d'honneur in 2010.

Mohammad Rasoulof was a member of the jury in 2015. The festival programmed almost all their films.

We offer our full support in this new ordeal to these two directors who are recognized internationally as great filmmakers and who are not only prevented from exercising their talent but deprived of their freedom.

Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema reveals the poster of its 29th edition.

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Copyright : Marie Melcore


Since 1995, the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema has been celebrating Asian cinema, from the Near to the Far East.
Several tens of thousands people go there each year to see the 90 films selection presented by Asian cinema professionals.
The features in competition are rewarded by 7 juries (International, Netpac, Critic, Inalco, Marc Haaz, High School, Young).

From Tuesday February 28th to March 7th, 2023, the 29th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema will be in full swing in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in the heart of Haute-Saône.

The vegetal towers of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, the Ferris wheel, the N Seoul Tower in Korea, a Buddhist temple, a Hindu mother and her son, 
drawn on the official poster of the 29th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, by Marie Melcore, a talented graphic designer from Haute-Saône,
give some ideas on the artistic line of the upcoming edition. To be continued…
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Cannes is Vesoul !

Going to more than a hundred pavilions or stands of producers or cultural institutions related to Asia, from the Near to the Far East, meeting the directors, actors, producers of the twenty films in selection from Korea, Japan, Philippines, India, Iran, Palestine, Turkey, Pakistan, … such is the work carried out by our FICA team, led by Martine and Jean-Marc Thérouanne, Director and General Delegate. The latter were accompanied by Jules Gouillon (communication), Théo Mairot, Lise Gardoni, Géraldine Delay (reception of professionals), Maryne Bonifacio, Noé Samson, Marielle Goerig (reception of festival-goers), David Skinner (translator), Flavien Poncet (speaker) .

Before climbing the steps for the opening ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, they gathered in memory of Marc Haaz, technical director, who died tragically on July 30.
The main highlights were the meeting with Dominique Boutonnat, president of the CNC, with Park Chan-wook and Park Hae-il, director and lead male role in the Korean film "Decision to Leave", prize for directing, and above all the more than warm reunion with Kore-eda Hirokazu Japanese director palme d'or 2018 and Cyclo d'or 2012 and Song Kang-ho, Korean actor after the screening of the film "Broker" in competition, Ecumenical Jury Prize and Best Actor Award.

The very Asian awards at the 75th Cannes Film Festival:

When the winners of the 75th Cannes Film Festival were announced, with fifteen prizes for Asia, we would have thought we were in Vesoul!

2022 Best Actor Award:
Song Kang-ho in "Les bonnes entoiles - Broker" by Kore-eda Hirokazu (Korea-Japan)

2022 Best Actress Award:
Zar Amir Ebrahimi in “Les nuits de Mashhad” (Iran)

2022 directing prize:
“Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-wook (Korea)

Special mention for the 2022 Camera d'or:
“Plan 75” by Hayakawa Chie (Japan)

Palme d'or for short film 2022:
“The Water Murmurs” by Jianying Chen (China)

Special mention for the 2022 short film:
“Lori” by Abinash Bikram Shah (Nepal)

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury:
"Les bonnes étoiles - Broker" by Kore-eda Hirokazu (Korea - Japan)

Un Certain Regard Jury Prize:
“Joyland” by Saim Sadiq (Pakistan)

Un Certain Regard Best Screenplay Award:
“Mediterranean Fever” by Maha Haj (Palestine)

L’Oeil d’Or 2022, prize for best documentary:
"All We Breathe" by Shaunak Sen (India)

FIPRESCI Prize for International Critics:
“Leila’s brothers” by Saeed Roustaee (Iran)

“Joyland” by Saim Sadiq (Pakistan)

Citizenship Award:
“Leila’s brothers” by Saeed Roustaee (Iran)

Lights on Women Award:
“Spring Roll Dream” by Mai Vu (Vietnam)

Short Film Award:
“Look at me” by Shuli Huang (China)

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Jean-Marc Thérouanne, FICA General Delegate, congratulating Korea-eda Hirokazu director of "Broker - the good stars" (Korea-Japan) after the announcement of the Awards.
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The team of the Vesoul International Asian Cinema Festival praying in memory of Marc Haaz, before climbing the steps of the opening ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
Park Chan-wook director of "Decision To Leave" in competition, director's prize.
The reunion between Kore-eda Hirokazu and Martine Thérouanne after the screening of “Broker” in competition.
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Japanese director Hayakawa Chie and Jules Gouillon,
Special mention for the 2022 Camera d'or:
“Plan 75” by Hayakawa Chie (Japan)
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Dominique Boutonnat, President of the CNC
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Un Certain Regard Jury Prize:
“Joyland” by Saim Sadiq (Pakistan)
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Taraneh Alidoosti, leading female role in "Leila and her brothers", came to Vesoul as a member of the International Jury.
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Song Kang-ho, Best Actor Award for "Broker »
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Kore-eda Hirokazu receiving the prize from the Ecumenical Jury for « Broker - Les Bonnes étoiles »
Le 29e Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul aura lieu du 28 février au 7 mars 2023.


Leila Hatami, President of the 28th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas


The International Jury of the 28th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas will be joint.
The President of the Jury will be by Leila Hatami, Iranian Francophone and Francophile actress, Silver Bear in Berlin for Une separation by Ashgar Faradhi, Iranian film with million admissions in France.
The other members are, Suha Arraf, screenwriter of The Bride syrienne et The Lemon Trees, director of Villa Touma (Palestine), Zig Dulay, director, Cyclo d'or Vesoul 2018 for Bagage (Philippines), Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, director of The Horse Thieves - Road of Time and Walnut Tree awarded at Vesoul 2016, (Kazakhstan). and Tran Bich Quan, producer (France).
The International Jury awards three prizes: Le Cyclo d´Or (offered by the Regional Council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté), the Grand Prix du Jury and the Prix du Jury (offered by the Departmental Council of Haute-Saône).
6 other juries will judge the 17 films of the fiction and documentary competitions, presented in international, European or French premieres.
The Marc Haaz Jury (in memory of the technical director of the VIFFAC, tragically deceased at the age of 33, on July 30), made up of young directors, will award the Marc Haaz prize to a young director:
President: Kavich Neang, Cambodian director of White Building; members: Zahra Akhlaqi, Afghan director in exile of The Inanity and Jung Wonhee, Korean director of Doom Doom.
The NETPAC Jury (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) :
President: Qasi Abdur Rahim, Indian director of the Imagineindia Festival; members: Ghassem Hosseini, Afghan director in exile, Watanabe Kazutaka, Japanese producer.
They award the NETPAC award.
The Critics' Jury:
President: Houda Ibrahim, journalist specializing in the Arab world at RFI; members: Ogoulbibi Amanniyazova, freelance journalist, specialist in Central Asia, Christophe Maulavé, critic for Ecran noir.
They award the price of criticism.
The Inalco Jury:
Jean-Michel Butel, Tajamul Faqiri-Choisy, Babak Inanlu, Mathilde Pelletier: teachers and students of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations make up this jury.
It awards the Inalco prize as well as the Inalco “coup de cœur”.
The high school student jury: Created in 2007, as part of the “Lycée Edouard Belin: from the FICA de Vesoul to the Cannes Film Festival” project, it is awarded the High School Jury Prize. It is chaired by Jeanne Echilley, Juliette Fargher and Sullyvan Demeilliez, final year students at the Edouard Belin high school in Vesoul. They are surrounded by around 40 members. 
The Young Jury: Created in 2000, conceived as a school of the gaze, the Youth Jury is chaired by Antoine Raffin, a student in Première at the Lycée des Haberges de Vesoul. It is made up of seventy middle school, high school and college students from Haute-Saône who will award the Young Jury Prize offered by the Agglomeration Community of Vesoul. 

The public is also called upon to vote for the film in competition for which they fell in love. The fictional feature film audience award, offered by the City of Vesoul, and the documentary audience award, offered by the Agglomeration Community of Vesoul, are awarded during the Closing Ceremony on Tuesday February 8, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. at the Edwige Feuillère Theater in Vesoul.
The link to the FCIA 2022 trailer, online on Youtube.
Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas: 25 rue Dr Doillon 70,000 VESOUL - France
Tel: 03 84 76 55 82 - 06 79 54 30 52 -festival.vesoul@wanadoo.fr - www.cinemas-asie.com
Press contact: Jean-Marc Thérouanne: 06 84 84 87 46,
assisted by Jules Gouillon, Lise Gardoni and Maryne Bonifacio


Koji Fukada guest of honor at the 28th Vesoul IFF of Asian Cinemas for his complete world premiere.


Koji Fukada
, Japanese director in his forties, has renewed the cinema of the Rising Sun over the past twenty years. Through hard work, he has become the emerging Japanesefilmmaker of the twenty-first century. The 28th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas has carried out a search for all copies of the films of this talented director in order to present all of his work. Screening the complete films of a filmmaker allows you to put your work into perspective and take full measure of its originality. Presenting all of his 10 feature films, including the mythical “La Chaise”, his very first film, along with his 4 short films, is a world first. To mark the event, he will be awarded a Cyclo d’or d’honneur for all of his work during the opening ceremony on February 1, 2022 at the Théâtre Edwige Feuillère. Saturday February 5, 2022: day and evening dedicated to Japanese cinema: In addition to Koji Fukada, the young director Fujimoto Akio, in competition with Along the sea, presented in French premiere, and the Japanese producer Watanabe Kazutaka, member of the NETPAC Jury (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), are expected. Tribute to Koji Fukada: 2002: The Chair - international premiere 2006: La Grenadière - unpublished 2008: The Human Comedy of Tokyo - unreleased 2010: Hospitality 2013: Au revoir l’été 2013: Inabe - European premiere 2015: Sayonara 2016: Harmonium 2017: Birds - French premiere 2018: The Man from the sea 2018: East of Jefferson - European premiere 2019: A girl missing 2020: The Real thing - part 1. - preview 2020: The Real Thing - part 2. - preview Competition section: Along the Sea by Fujimoto Akio - French premiere Preview Section: The Asada Family by Ryota Nakano “History in the background” section: Fukushima, Sato Futoshi's Cover of the Sun Japanimation Section: On-Gaku, our rock by Iwaisawa Kenji 7 days of Murano Yuta My Neighbor Totoro by Miyazaki Hayao Twenty Japanese films in selection at Vesoul confirm Japan as a giant of world cinema.

Portrait : Jules Gouillon Webmaster and Creator of the Trailer of the 28th Vesoul International Festival of Asian Cinemas.


(Credit photo archives FICA) Jules Gouillon at the 74th Cannes Film Festival 2021.

Jules Gouillon was born in 1996 in Vesoul.

After a Literary Baccalaureate at the Lycée des Haberges in 2013, a BTS Business Unit Manager at IMEA Vesoul in 2016 and a Bachelor in Event Project Manager at the Institut Français des Affaires de Metz in 2018, he created his company in 2019, which 'he names Bad Kid Productions.

Now a party host and creator of audiovisual and cinematographic content, Jules Gouillon has a special passion for music and cinema for many years.

In 2020, he directed his first short fiction film, The Incredible Quotidien of a Young French Couple, selected in several online festivals.

In 2021, Possible, a commissioned documentary short film and, ATTILA, another fictional short film which will see the light of day. The latter was selected at the 36th International Film Festival Entrevues de Belfort the same year, as part of the New Talents Course supervised by APARR, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and the CNC.

In addition to being a director and screenwriter, Jules Gouillon is also a songwriter. In 2021, he composed the original music for Marc Haaz's latest short film, Métronome. He is shooting his next project in January 2022, which he will offer to film festivals.

Spotted by Martine and Jean-Marc Thérouanne, Director and General Delegate of Vesoul IFF Asian Cinemas, they offered him to first sit on the Young Jury of the Vesoul International Festival of Asian Cinemas for a few years.

In front of his enthusiasm, his joie de vivre, his optimism, his motivation, his determination and his abilities, they invited him to join the Festival's technical team as a volunteer in 2018, then to become part of the Communication department. They charge him with the maintenance of the website and the management of social networks. They also entrusted him with the realization of the trailer for the 28thFICA Vesoul 2022 and the composition of the music that accompanies it.

The entire Vesoul IFF Asian Cinemas team invite you to click the link to the 28th VIFFAC 2022 trailer, online on Youtube : https://youtu.be/YMYejp77Qjc

and meet you from February 1 to 8, 2022 in the halls of the cinema Majestic - Espace des Lumières, in Vesoul to experience, in person, the rediscovered magic of cinema.

Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas: 
25 rue Dr Doillon 70,000 VESOUL - France
Tel: 03 84 76 55 82 - 06 79 54 30 52 -festival.vesoul@wanadoo.fr - www.cinemas-asie.com
Press contact: Jean-Marc Thérouanne: 06 84 84 87 46,
assisted by Jules Gouillon, Lise Gardoni and Maryne Bonifacio


Martine Thérouanne, Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters


Thursday, December 23rd, Martine Thérouanne, our President, recieved by the hands of Alain Chrétien, Vesoul's Mayor, mandated by Roselyn Bachelot-Narquin, french Minister of Culture, the medal of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Congratulations ! 


Tribute and creation of Jury and Marc Haaz Prize at the 28th VIFFAC

Tribute and creation of Jury and Marc Haaz Prize at the 28th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas (February 1st – 8th, 2022 )

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The festival is in mourning: Marc Haaz, its technical director, was killed in a plane crash on July 30, 2021, at the age of 33. He was one of the pillars of the festival. 

Marc Haaz was not only the technical director of FICA, he was also an actor, director, producer, distributor. He was destined for a brilliant career in the world of cinema. It was a solar being struck down, in full professional rise, by fate.

Tribute will be paid to him during the opening ceremony on February 1st 2022.

It was decided to create a Marc Haaz Jury, made up of young directors, awarding a Marc Haaz prize, to a young director.

Marie Melcore : Graphic Designer of VIFFAC

L’image contient peut-être : 1 personne, texte qui dit ’27° Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul ම du 26 janvier au 2février 2021 www.cinemas-asie.com’


                  As far as I’m concerned, painting and drawing is a family story. This explains why I started drawing very young, and why I continued my studies in this field. After I graduated from high school in Applied Arts, I continued with a diploma in Graphic Design which pushed me to develop my skills in illustration and which subsequently led me to work for of several theaters’ communication and within a design studio specialized in textile prints. In my view, the image is essential in communication. We often say that a picture is worth a thousand words, because it allows us to memorize a message through the sensitive, through emotions. That is why it is at the heart of my work. Digital illustration has always been present in my practice, although my early works consisted mainly of hand drawings. Working with photography also allowed me to cultivate a digital image processing. Finally, the boundary between drawing and cinema seems very small to me. The main difference is that the first communicates emotions through a fixed image, while the second transmits them through a series of animated images. In any case, it is about telling a story, conveying an emotion immediately, empathizing with the viewer. For this 27th edition of the Festival, one of the main sections to illustrate was focused on Central Asia countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Afghanistan). In this region, there is a strong presence of identity signs, such as emblematic headdresses that women and men can wear, geometric and floral patterns that adorn their fabrics, traditional architecture of minarets and mosques, singular mountainous landscapes, but also vast stretches traveled by trains and where herds of wild and domesticated horses graze. It is through all these elements that the poster and the visual identity of this 27th year have gradually been built. So while you are waiting to go there, here is a little glimpse of the panorama you will be able to see. Have a nice viewing and a nice Festival.
Marie Melcore


32.871 audience members during 26th edition


Honorary Golden Rickshaw
(granted by Town of Vesoul and the Communauté d'agglomération de Vesoul)

to M. Jay Jeon (festival director; Korea) for his career.



Abbas Kiarostami: his contribution to Iranian Cinema and the world


Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami has died in France at age 76, far from the lands which he said “essential” to his heart. His works influenced very much at least two generations of Iranian filmmakers. 

Mostly ignored by his compatriots for being too experimental and minimalists, he still rose to unequalled international fame. A fame, which made many people feel jealous about him. 

The Golden Palm for his 1997’s TASTE OF CHERRY is a good reminder he certainly brought back more trophies and glory to Iran, than any national soccer club of his country.

He thought that worldwide exposed countries would be much safer from attacks than the non-exposed. He quoted Iraq as an example, arguing that if there were so many non-relayed bombings, it was because so few people actually knew anything about that country. He added: “It is impossible to ignore Iranian community, since everybody knows about the people thanks to our Cinema”. 


Attendance close to 33.000 audience members during 25th edition


Honorary Golden Rickshaw
(granted by Town of Vesoul and the Communauté d'agglomération de Vesoul)

to Mr. Eric Khoo(director, Singapore) pour his film career.



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