G. Avindan’s magic opens Electric Shadows


With two of his films, Kummatty and Thamp, the second edition of Electric Shadows Asian Film Festival zeroes in on the work of G. Avindan, one of the great innovators of Indian cinema.

“Kummatty like Thamp creates a playful choreography of gazes”, says film historian Amrit Gangar in a conversation with G. Avindan’s favorite cinematographer Shaji N. Karun.

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Announcing the full program


In eleven film programs over four days, Electric Shadows Asian Film Festival invites curious cinephiles to discover a diverse selection of wilful films from Asia.

We open with a restored classic: Kummatty by Govindan Aravindan, a key figure of Parallel Cinema in India. Together with Thamp, another Aravindan gem, it gives new insights in the legacy of Indian cinema.

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How to Improve the World
All eyes, all ears


During the first edition of Electric Shadows in September 2021, we presented a retrospective selection of short and mid-length films by essayistic filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi. Works like Vietnam the Movie (2016) and Fifth Cinema (2018) examine how images, ideas and words connect and clash, shaping the troubled past of her home country Vietnam, with aftereffects in the present day.

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Electric Shadows returns, with Tsai Ming-liang


In exactly two months’ time, the second edition of Electric Shadows will open at De Cinema in Antwerp. Starting today, we’ll gradually reveal the films to be screened between 29/9 and 2/10.

Last year’s festival ended with a screening of Tsai Ming-liang’s latest feature film Days (2020). We’re happy to announce that his work will return during our next edition. 

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