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25-28 MARCH 2021


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© Taipei Story, Edward Yang, 1985. Courtesy The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna/L'immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and Hou Hsiao-Hsien



EAFFI is delighted to partner with the IFI for EAFFI Discoveries and present expanded runs of select films from East Asian cinema, available to stream on IFI@Home for a full month.


We start on May 1st with

EAFFI 2021 favourite, Happy Hour.


Welcome to the 5th EAFFI [Online] at IFI@Home

The East Asia Film Festival Ireland 2021 offers innovative, independent and inspiring cinema from across East Asia, and presents works otherwise unavailable from both emerging and established filmmakers. The films include themes of resilience, renewal and intimacy, echoing a sense and importance of belonging and identity in times of disruption, through personal choices, challenges and perspectives.

The programme includes exclusive interviews and Q&As with filmmakers Tsai Ming-Liang (Days), Zheng Lu Xinyuan (The Cloud in her Room), Hien Mai and Tim Ellrich (My Vietnam), Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour), Julien Faraut (The Witches of the Orient) and Yukido Sode (Aristocrats). In addition, a rare screening of the restored version of Edward Yang’s classic Taipei Story (1985) will be presented with a special interview with renowned sound editor/engineer/mixer Tu Duu-chih.

A late addition to the programme is Lee Isaac Chung’s award-winning Minari.

The 5th East Asia Film Festival Ireland films are available to rent individually on IFI@Home from the 25th to the 28th of March 2021.  Our film bundles are thematically curated with specific tastes and interests in mind, as well as being a great way to save on prices. Choose from bundles on Belonging and Identity, F-Rated, Family, Travel, or Experimental film.  Special mention goes to the Taste of Taiwanese Cinema, supported by the Taipei Representative Office.

The East Asia Film Festival Ireland would like to thank the Arts Council, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, the Irish Film Institute, Screen Skills Ireland, and all its sponsors and partners for their invaluable support.

Screenings on sale now at www.ifihome.ie/page/eaffi-2021/ 

Festival Co-organiser + Artistic & Programme Director: Marie-Pierre Richard
Festival Co-organiser: Maria O’Brien
Programme notes: Marie-Pierre Richard 

Festival Notes


Festival Extras



All screenings available on IFI@Home from the release day. (How to Guide)

Thursday, 25th March

18.00 ARISTOCRATS (Yukiko Sode, 2020, 124 mins) 
(Opening Film, plus a Q&A with director, Yukiko Sode)

20.30 MY VIETNAM (Tim Ellrich & Thi Hien Mai, 2020, 70 mins)
Plus an interview with directors Hien Mai and Tim Ellrich and Dr. Anne O’Brien, Maynooth University

Friday, 26th March

16.00 MINARI (Lee Isaac Chung, 2020, 115 mins)

18.00 THE CLOUD IN HER ROOM (Zheng Lu Xinyuan, 2020, 101 mins)
plus Q&A with director Zheng Lu Xinyuan + Irish director Vanessa Gildea

20.30 MOVING ON (Yoon Dan-bi, 2020, 105 mins)

Saturday, 27th March

14.00 HAPPY HOUR (Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI, 2015, 317 mins)

16.00 TAIPEI STORY (Edward Yang, 1985, 117 mins)
plus Q&A with renowned sound editor/engineer/mixer TU Duu-chih and Professor Chris Berry.

18.30 THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT (Julien Faraut, 2021, 100 mins)
+ Q&A with the director, Julien Faraut and Tara Brady, The Irish Times

20.30 JINPA (Pema Tseden, 86 mins) 

Sunday, 28th March

14.00 RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu, 1979, 120 mins)

16.30 COME HERE (Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2021, 65 mins)
Screened with an introduction from Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, co-directors of aemi, an Arts Council-funded organisation that supports and regularly exhibits moving image works by artists and experimental filmmakers.

18.00 TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2020, 120 mins) 

20.30 DAYS (Tsai Ming-Liang, 2020, 127 mins)
(Closing film, + Q&A with Director, Tsai Ming-Liang and Professor Chris Berry)