The fifth edition of the Deavuille Festival of Asian Film will kick off next week in the seaside Normandy town. From March 13 to 16 seven films will compete for the Lotus statue with a jury presided by French screenwriter Pierre Jolivet.
Other members of the jury include French actresses Clotilde Courau, Sandrine Dumas, actor-directors Jean-Marc Barr and Antoine de Caunes and writer Denis Robert.
The competition films are as follows: Japan's Blessing Bell directed by Sabu, Blind Shaft from Li Yang (a German/Hong Kong/Chinese co-production), Eliana, Eliana from Riri Riza of Indonesia, Zhang Yuan's I Love You from China, One Night Husband by Thailand's Pimpaka Towira, Plastic Tree by Eo Il-seon form Korea and the Taiwanese Love At 7/11 directed by Teng Yung-shing.
There will be a sidebar devoted to digital video and an hommage to Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan.
In 2002, Korean film Failan took top honours including best film, director (Song Hae-sung), actor (Choi Min-shik) and the audience award.