2014 Festival Schedule

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A Respectable Family

A Respectable Family

Show times and dates: Tues 4/29, 7:00 PM @ Regent Sq, Fri 5/2, 7:00 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: Massoud Bahkshi
Country: Iran
Film Made: 2012
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
From its harrowing opening point-of-view shot to its emotionally demanding narrative, A Respectable Family cracks open the shell of Tehran society and exposes the guts of the personal and political machinery its residents must navigate. Massoud Bahkshi’s A Respectable Family is a study in prov... Read More
A Time in Quchi

A Time in Quchi

Show times and dates: Sun 4/27, 1:00 PM @ Melwood, Wed 4/30, 2:00 PM @ Carnegie
Director: Tso-chi Chang
Country: Taiwan
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 109 minutes
A true city kid, Taipei resident 10-year old Bao (Liangyu Yang), is accustomed to being surrounded by technology and is showered with gadgets by his upwardly mobile parents. But the holes in his sneakers belie another truth, benign neglect by those he needs most. Caught in the midst of his distr... Read More
Ankhon Dekhi

Ankhon Dekhi

Show times and dates: Sun 4/27, 1:30 PM @ Regent Sq, Sat 5/3, 4:30 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: Rajat Kapoor
Country: India
Film Made: 2014
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 107 minutes
Existential crisis is at the heart of Actor Rajat Kapoor new independent film, Ankhon Dekhi (Before my Eyes). Fresh off last year’s opening film “Midnight’s Children,” Kapoor returns to Silk Screen Film Festival with this daring tale of the spiritual and ontological awakening of an ordinary ... Read More
Apur Panchali

Apur Panchali

Show times and dates: Tues 4/29, 9:00 PM @ Regent Sq, Sun 5/4, 2:00 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: Kaushik Ganguly
Country: India
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
This is a real life story inspired by Subir Banerjee, the little child actor who played the iconic role of Apu in Satyajit Ray's masterpiece Pather Panchali, which even today remains one of the 100 greatest films of all-time. Great films are written in the history of cinema and film lovers’ hea... Read More
Beyond All Boundaries

Beyond All Boundaries

Show times and dates: Each screening is paired with the short film Kush. Sun 4/27, 4:30 PM @ Melwood, Fri 5/2, 7:00 PM @ Melwood
Director: Sushrut Jain
Country: India
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Whether you’re a dedicated fan or have never seen a moment of cricket in your life, Beyond All Boundaries will captivate you until the final frame. As co-hosts of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, India became the focal point of a sport worshipped by many around the globe. The intensity of cricket fans ... Read More
Bonta

Bonta

Show times and dates: Sun 4/27, 2:00 PM @ Carnegie, Thurs 5/1, 6:00 PM @ Carnegie
Director: Leo Lee
Country: China
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 80 minutes
In the animated sci-fi adventure, Bonta, the desert village of Boraboo on Peanut Planet faces hardship. They are being denied their most valued resource, the Bonta planet. Despite their efforts to find an acceptable solution to the problem, time begins to run short for them. Notorious mischief-maker... Read More
Cheong

Cheong

Show times and dates: Sat 4/26, 7:00 PM @ Melwood, Mon 4/28, 9:00 PM @ Melwood-Garden of Words will be shown directly after this screening. Thurs 5/1, 1:30 PM @ Carnegie-Touch of the Light will be shown directly after this screening.
Director: KIM Jung-in
Country: South Korea
Film Made: 2012
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 17 minutes
FREE Screening, included with Garden of Words ticket Concerned that her schoolmates will find out about her blind father, young Hong is always preoccupied. She would rather be an outsider at school, than reveal this “difficulty.” She meets a warm, funny little girl who befriends her and encou... Read More
Confession of Murder

Confession of Murder

Show times and dates: Wed 4/30, 8:00 PM @ Melwood, Fri 5/2, 9:30 PM @ Melwood
Director: Byeong-gil Jeong
Country: South Korea
Film Made: 2012
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 119 minutes
A killer comes forth and a cold case starts heating up in Confession of Murder. A handsome young man, Lee Du-seok (Park Si-hoo) emerges from nowhere and publishes a revealing biography in which he admits to killing ten women in an infamous series of murders. The public is intrigued and repelled by L... Read More
Garden Of Words

Garden Of Words

Show times and dates: Each screening is paired with the short film Cheong. Sat 4/26, 7:00 PM @ Melwood, Mon 4/28, 9:00 PM @ Melwood
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Country: Japan
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 48 minutes
© Makoto Shinkai/Comix Wave Films  Garden of Words is a study in visual poetry and an ode to human connection and discovery. In the midst of a summer rainstorm, Takao (Miyu Irino) skips school and sketches in a local park . There he meets a mysterious and troubled woman named Yukino (Kana Han... Read More
Hank and Asha

Hank and Asha

Show times and dates: Sat, 4/26, 4:30 PM, @Melwood, Sat, 5/3, 7:30 PM, @Melwood
Director: James E. Duff
Country: USA
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 73 minutes
After meeting Hank (Andrew Pastides) at a film festival in New York, Asha (Mahira Kakkar) travels to Prague to studying filmmaking, but the two maintain contact and start an intimate friendship after they begin sharing their video diaries. Their entries to each other are underscored by their col... Read More
Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

Show times and dates: Sun 4/27, 7:00 PM @ Melwood, Thurs 5/1, 9:00 PM @ Melwood
Director: Jung Huh
Country: South Korea
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 101 minutes
This indie gem was shot on a modest budget, by an unknown director, with no high-profile actors, Hide and Seek was the surprise hit of 2013 at the South Korean box office- with good reason. The film spins the tale of Baek Sung-soo (Son Hyun-joo), whose stable life as a successful businessman gets up... Read More
Jadoo

Jadoo

Show times and dates: Sat 4/26, 2:00 PM @ Carnegie, Thurs 5/1, 7:00 PM @ Waterworks
Director: Amit Gupta
Country: UK/India
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 84 minutes
Shalini, (Amara Karan) a successful lawyer living in London, has just accepted her boyfriend’s (Tom Mison, of TV’s Sleepy Hollow) proposal. While her fiancé is excited about meeting his future father-in-law, Shalini worries about something else. She’s uncertain if her father is ready to accep... Read More
Kush

Kush

Show times and dates: Sun 4/27, 4:00 PM @ Melwood, Fri 5/2, 6:30 PM @ Melwood - Beyond All Boundaries will be shown directly after Kush.  
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Country: India
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 24 minutes
FREE screening, included with Beyond All Boundaries ticket A school field trip rapidly goes awry in this short film based on the shocking death of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 and the large-scale ethnic violence tragedy that followed.  Kush follows a group of school children t... Read More
Liar’s Dice

Liar’s Dice

Show times and dates: Sun, 4/27, 4:00 PM, @Regent Sq,  Wed, 4/30, 7:00 PM, @Regent Sq
Director: Geethu Mohandas
Country: India
Film Made: 2014
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 104 minutes
Fearing the worst, a dedicated wife from a rural village faces the horrible realization that her husband, Harud is missing and no one will help her find him.  Against the advice of her elders, Kamala and her daughter Manya (Manya Gupta) leave their home in search of a husband and a father that ... Read More
Mourning Recipe – Closing Film

Mourning Recipe – Closing Film

Show times and dates: Sun 5/4, 5:00 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: Yuki Tanada
Country: Japan
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 129 minutes
  $15 * No passes accepted What if you were given a set of guidelines, neé, a recipe for healing? What if you were given a set of steps that, if followed to the letter, could guarantee a happy outcome for your life? Loss permeates the lives of Ryohei, (Renji Ishibashi) a grieving ... Read More
Norte, the End of History

Norte, the End of History

Show times and dates: Sat 5/3, 2:00 PM @ Melwood
Director: Lav Diaz
Country: Philippines
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 250 minutes
Norte, the End of History, a partial adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, tells the story of two men, Joaquin (Archie Alemania) and Fabian (Sid Lucero)- both repeated borrowers from local usurer and villainess, Magda (Mae Paner). When the two bear witness to one of Magda’s par... Read More
Omar – Opening Film

Omar – Opening Film

Show times and dates: Sat 4/26, 7:00 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Country: Palestine/ Belgium
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 96 minutes
2014 Opening Film  $20, No Passes Accepted * In Palestine’s first Oscar nominated film; all is fair in love and war. No film in recent memory unpacks this cynical, familiar sentiment with as much gusto and truth as Omar.  In the West Bank, the handsome Omar (Adam Bakri) is an apparently un... Read More
Red Obsession

Red Obsession

Show times and dates: Thurs 5/1, 6:30 PM @ Melwood, Sun 5/4, 2:00 PM @ Melwood
Director: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Country: Australia
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 76 minutes
Narrated by Russell Crowe, this documentary is a fascinating study about the world of fine wine and a cautionary lesson in global markets. For centuries, Bordeaux has commanded an almost mythical status in the world of wine. What makes Bordeaux magical? A wine journalist is fascinated with the end... Read More
Sake Bomb

Sake Bomb

Show times and dates: Thurs 5/1, 9:30 PM @ Regent Sq, Sat 5/3, 9:30 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: Junya Sakino
Country: USA/ Japan
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 83 minutes
The last thing that Asian-American YouTube sensation Sebastian (Eugene Kim) wants to do is help his Japanese cousin Naoto’s (Gaku Hamada) on his quest to find his “one true love.” Nonetheless, the two embark on road trip to Petaluma, California in Sake-Bomb.  Soft-spoken sake-maker Naoto leav... Read More
The Haumāna

The Haumāna

Show times and dates: Tues 4/29, 6:00PM @ Melwood, Sun 5/4, 3:00 PM @ Carnegie
Director: Keo Woolford
Country: USA
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 95 minutes
The Haumāna depicts not only a beautiful tropical paradise we typically associate with the Hawaiian Islands of our imagination but explores local values as embodied in the hula tradition. In Keo Woolford’s feature debut, you won’t find coconut bras, grassy skirts and native girls prancing about... Read More
Things Left Behind

Things Left Behind

Show times and dates: Fri 5/2, 2:00 PM @ Carnegie, Sat 5/3, 2:00 PM @ Carnegie
Director: Linda hoaglund
Country: USA/Japan
Film Made: 2012
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 80 minutes
The visible scars on survivors' bodies, like the black and white footage of a post-nuclear Hiroshima, haunt our collective hearts and minds. Pick up any history book about World War II and watch the typical news coverage on the subject. These images indelibly evoke and enforce themselves within the ... Read More
Touch Of The Light

Touch Of The Light

Show times and dates: Mon 4/28, 7:00pm @ Melwood, Thurs 5/1, 1:30pm @ Carnegie-The short film Cheong will be shown as part of this screening.
Director: Rong-ji Chang
Country: Taiwan
Film Made: 2012
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 110 minutes
Touch of the Light is based on a remarkable true story. Born visually impaired, Siang is a talented real-life pianist who has been accepted by a prestigious art college. Leaving his hometown for the first time, Siang arrives in Taipei to attend school. Although he lives in the dark, his heart is sen... Read More
Trap Street

Trap Street

Show times and dates: Tues 4/29, 8:30pm @ Melwood, Sat 5/3, 7:00pm @ Regent Sq
Director: Vivian Qu
Country: China
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2914
Runtime: 93 minutes
To call Trap Street a simple thriller is a disservice to a daring film that pulls together romance, mystery, drama, and faithful slice-of-life vignettes into an ingenious genre pastiche. Director Vivian Qu’s debut is superb. Li Quiming (Lu Yulai) is a young, impressionable teenager working for... Read More
Unforgiven

Unforgiven

Show times and dates: Sat 4/26, 9:30pm @ Regent Sq, Mon 4/28, 7:30pm @ Regent Sq
Director: Lee Sang-il
Country: Japan
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 135 minutes
Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe) brings swords to a gunfight as an aging samurai in this highly anticipated Japanese adaptation of Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Best Picture Winner Unforgiven. Living as a struggling farmer and widowed father in post-war Hokkaido, a visit from an old companion named Kingo (Akir... Read More
Why Don’t You Play In Hell?

Why Don’t You Play In Hell?

Show times and dates: Fri 5/2, 9:30 PM @ Regent Sq, Sat 5/3, 9:30 PM @ Melwood
Director: Sion Sono
Country: Japan
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 126 minutes
The ambitious, yet wildly untalented, amateur film-making crew known as The F**k Bombers might finally get their big break when they stumble into filming a gang war between rival Yakuza factions that’s been brewing for a decade. Gang boss Muto has suffered the dual humiliation of witnessing his ... Read More
With You, Without You

With You, Without You

Show times and dates: Sat 4/26, 4:30 PM @ Regent Sq, Sat 4/30, 9:15 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: PrasannaVithanage
Country: Sri Lanka
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 90 minutes
A chance encounter between two citizens in post-war Sri Lanka quickly leads to romance, but as they spend time together it becomes increasingly clear that their cultural backgrounds are struggling to peacefully coexist. Sarathsiri (Shyam Fernando) is a lonely pawnbroker that cares only for his w... Read More
Zinda Bhaag

Zinda Bhaag

Show times and dates: Thurs 5/1, 7:00 PM @ Regent Sq, Sat 5/3, 2:00 PM @ Regent Sq
Director: Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi
Country: Pakistan
Film Made: 2013
Film Screened: 2014
Runtime: 120 minutes
“Get out if you Can” is both the translation of the Zinda Bhaag and the credo its characters live by. Pakistan’s first official Oscar entry in 50 years is this surprisingly realistic slice-of-life depiction of life in Lahore. Three friends Khaldi, Chitta and Tambi literally beg, borrow, and st... Read More