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The Bali International Film Festival, also known as Balinale, is back, promising more treats for movie-lovers.
The weeklong festival will take place at Cinema XXI Beachwalk Kuta in Bali from Oct.12 to 18.
It will screen a total of 59 films, 23 of which will be screened for the first time in Asia. Three movies will have their world premieres at the event, and two are international premieres.
We had 37 films last year, and this year we have 59. The festival features indie movies, fiction, documentaries, short and feature length films in the line-up,â festival director and co-founder Deborah Gabinetti said at a press conference recently.
Manto Acuifero (Courtesy of mexicoesculutura.com)
Manto AcuÃfero (The Well) from Mexico by 2010 CamÃ©ra dâOr-winning director Michael Rowe will open the festival with its Asian premiere.
Other Asian firsts include Perjalanan from the Netherlands, the United Kingdomâs Oney Anwar Chasing the Dream, Germanyâs Slow, Desert Haiku from the US and La Voix Des Steppes from Kazakhstan.
World premieres at the festival are David Dawkinsâ The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story from the US, Volcanic Rock Breakers of Batur from Indonesia and Ideas Are That Great from Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, Obama Mama and Te Awa Tupua: Voices from the River are set for international premieres at Balinale.
The annual festival will also screen movies that have won or have been nominated for international awards, such as A Girl at My Door â a South Korean drama film directed by July Jung, which was nominated in this yearâs Un Certain Regard at Cannes; 2014 Oscar winner La Grande Bellezza and BAFTA nominee The Book Thief.