FILM FESTIVALS

LA FILM FESTIVAL - LOS ANGELES, CA

SEPTEMBER 20-28, 2018

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY

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“You have to punish her or we can’t show our face to anyone.” So says a relative to the father of 16-year-old Nisha (Mozhdah), a Pakistani immigrant living in Norway, after Nisha is found in bed with a local white boy. Life as a bi-cultural immigrant in any Western country affords one the riches of both worlds. But having one foot in each world can also create turmoil where aspects of two cultures collide. This tension informs Norwegian-Pakistani director Iram Haq’s new drama—based on her own traumatic experience of being sent to live in Karachi as a teen, far from her Scandinavian home. The director’s fictionalized avatar, Nisha is a well-assimilated teenager living in Norway, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. For the “sin” of being a typical teenager, she’s kidnapped by her own family, and to Pakistan to live with relatives against her will, where her captors burn her passport and regularly threatens her with

Posted by Exhibe Flix - 15 AUG 2018

NEVER GOIN' BACK

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Augustine Frizzell’s debut feature is a female-driven buddy comedy about that time in life when you’re still young enough to feel invincible; eternally shielded from the ramifications of your bad decisions. High School dropouts Jessie (Camila Morrone) and Angela (Maia Mitchell) are waitresses at a low-rent Texas diner who have perpetual trouble making rent: regularly oversleeping, missing their shifts and blowing all their money on cocaine and beach trips to nearby Galveston. But hey, who cares? The point is THEY HAVE A BLAST. This is actually Frizzell’s second attempt at telling the story. “I actually shot [the film] as a feature in 2014, cut that down into a short and then rewrote it and reshot the feature,” Frizzell told Vulture, “it just wasn’t exactly what I wanted to say.” Luckily, second time’s the charm; Frizzell’s sophomore attempt landed a distribution deal through marquee imprint A24.

Posted by Exhibe Flix - 13 FEB 2018

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

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A Film Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best First Feature for 2014’s Appropriate Behavior, Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan nabbed the high honor of Grand Jury Prize for US Drama at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for her coming-of-age gay conversion drama. Based on the novel of the same title by Emily M. Danforth, orphaned teenager Cameron (Moretz) is caught making out with the prom queen in the backseat of her car. This being 1993 in Middle America (the novel was set in rural Montana), suffice to say that such behavior is not acceptable. Her religious aunt—and legal guardian—Ruth (Butler) swiftly ships her off to a Christian gay conversion therapy camp, aptly named “God’s Promise,” where Cameron bonds with a few other kids in order to survive being brainwashed. Among the Film Independent Members on the producing team are Rachel Changchien (associate producer), Michael B. Clark (producer) and Rob Cristiano (co-producer.)

Posted by Exhibe Flix - 15 AUG 2018

JULIET, NAKED

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Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, this British-American dramedy was adapted by three screenwriters—Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor and Phil Alden Robinson—from a novel by Nick Hornby. Stuck in a loveless and boring relationship, Annie (Byrne) lives with her longtime boyfriend Duncan (O’Dowd) in the sleepy coastal town of Sandcliff. Annie is sick and tired of Duncan’s lifelong obsession with an indie rocker from the ‘90s, Tucker Crowe (three-time Spirit Award nominee Ethan Hawke); an entire room in their house is devoted as a shrine to the rock has-been, replete with bootleg recordings, concert posters and magazine covers. One day one of Crowe’s demos lands at their house. Annie thinks it’s awful and says so on an online message board—which somehow finds its way back to Crowe. He emails her out of the blue, and the two connect. Film Independent Member Jeffrey Soros is one of the film’s producers.

Posted by Exhibe Flix - 15 AUG 2018

CRAZY RICH ASIANS

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Making waves as the first major Hollywood studio rom-com with an all-Asian cast, the latest film from John M. Chu (Jem and the Holograms, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is based on Singapore-American author Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel of the same name. Shot in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) and Singapore, the film follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor who accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick (Golding) to his native Singapore for a wedding, only to discover that Nick is heir to one of the richest families in Asia. If you think Tony Stark is as flashy, narcissistic and snobbish as it gets, you haven’t seen what the filthy rich from Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai are up to—drowning in ultra-decadence and crass materialism. In the novel, one of the characters has a “climate-controlled clothes closet” where “shoes are kept 15-degrees warmer than the fur and cashmere,”

Posted by Exhibe Flix - 15 AUG 2018

SEARCHING

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Snagging two honors at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival—the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and the Audience Award—director Shaganty’s feature directorial debut stands out for two reasons. First: the psychological thriller is the first Hollywood thriller headlined by an Asian actor (John Cho, of 2018 Spirit Award brunch host fame). Secondly: smartphones and laptop screens play a major role as storytelling devices in the film, which is told entirely through the use of computer screens and other digital devices. When his 16-year-old daughter Margot (La) goes missing after supposedly studying at a friend’s house, David Kim (Cho) goes through her smartphone and web history to track down what happened. The result is a tense riff on film noir traditions, reinvented for our digital landscape.

Posted by Exhibe Flix - 15 AUG 2018

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