The Last Reel

College student Sophoun flees her conservative parents when they try to force her into an unsuitable arranged marriage. She finds refuge in a dilapidated old movie theater where she discovers the remnants of an unfinished film from the pre-Khmer days of Cambodia’s Golden Age of cinema starring none other than her own mother.

To her surprise, Sophoun learns that her now beleaguered mother was once a vibrant, glamorous actress. She befriends the theater’s elderly projectionist and together they set out to complete the movie by painstakingly and lovingly creating the last reel, with Sophoun cast in her mother’s role. In the process, Sophoun unearths several versions of the truth concerning the people she loves most.
Language: Khmer with English subtitles

Content Advisory: Adult Content

Festivals and Awards: Winner- Black Dragon Audience Award, Udine Far East Film Festival; Nominated- Asian Future Best Film Award Tokyo International Film Festival; Winner- AIFF for Best Supporting Actor, ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards.

Killa (The Fort)

11-year-old Chinmay is forced to move from the city to a rural coastal town where his widowed mother has been transferred for her job. He struggles to fit in with his new classmates while coping with the recent death of his father. Meanwhile, his mother fights to succeed at work. Seemingly detached from the natural beauty around him and feeling like a pariah, Chinmay must learn to let go of what once was and be present for what is.

A touching, understated drama, Killa is cinematographer Avinash Arun’s directorial debut.

Language: Marathi with English subtitles

Content Advisory: Strong Language

Festivals and Awards: Won, Crystal Bear Award for Best Film (Generation K-Plus Section)—Berlin International Film Festival; Nominated, Best Youth Feature Film—Asia Pacific Screen Awards

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Orphaned and supporting his younger brother in 1990’s Bangkok Ek, must submit his name to the mandatory draft lottery that will decide if he gets to stay with his brother Oat or be shipped off to the military. Oat, struggles with the possibility of losing his only brother and family breadwinner. When Oat tries to save his brother from the lottery, he learns a lot about the unforeseen consequences that accompany every action.

Based on the short stories by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) is a moving tale of the love between two brothers and about the loss of innocence.

Language: Thai with English subtitles

Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual content, adult content

Festivals and Awards: Berlin International Film Festival; Hong Kong International Film Festival

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The Grandfather of Dogs

The Grandfather of Dogs

Lao Zhang, a lonely, and somewhat alienated middle-aged man, decides one day after being laid off from his job to start taking in and caring for stray animals. This decision is not immediately welcome in his family, who is already struggling to make ends meet. As the number of animals increase, so does the friction between Lao Zhang, his wife, and his daughter. Feeling as though he has found his purpose in caring for the most vulnerable creatures, Lao Zhang is not to be deterred. Altruism aside, the impracticality of his mission has real consequences.The Grandfather of Dogs is a movie about finding one’s purpose and also about the struggles and joys of caring for others- regardless of their species.

Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

Content Advisory: General Audiences

Futureless Things

The saga of convenience store clerks may seem to be a familiar trope. As Kevin Smith’s 90s classic, Clerks, deftly demonstrated, there are few places better than a convenience store to encounter a glittering variety of people from all walks of life.  Futureless Things is a hilarious, episodic wonder of storytelling. However, there is something much more sly going on in this scathing satire of modern consumer culture in South Korea.

The trials and tribulations of a group of convenience store clerks over the course of a single day are emblematic of societal archetypes. These unforgettable characters toil away as they deal with love, drama, mystery, romance, unruly customers and even a little magic. The motley crew includes: a struggling actor, an English student, and a young girl trying to get over a romantic relationship with one of her coworkers. Set against a very specific cultural moment, one wonders: how much does an individual struggle with love, drama, or mystery actually matter when pitted against almighty commerce?

Language: Korean with English subtitles

Content Advisory: Graphic Language, Violence, Adult Content

Festivals and Awards: Won – Independent Film Support Award from the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards; Nominated – Free Spirit Award from the Warsaw International Film Festival 2014; Screened – Jeonju International Film Festival; Screened – New York Korean Film Festival