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  • Thursday, 24 September @ 19:00

    SCREEN I & 2

    Note: OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE (Invitation Only) 

    GÜEROS (2014)

    Director:  Alonso Ruiz Palacios
    Country: Mexico
    Category: Feature Film
    Length: 106 mins

    Filmmaker in attendance.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3499048/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1/

    Synopsis
    Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre) is a teenage troublemaker who lives in Veracruz with his mother, whom he’s driving crazy and decides she can’t take it any more and sends the boy to stay with his older brother, Federico, a.k.a. Sombra (Tenoch Huerta), a college student in Mexico City. Their mother wants him to look after Tomás, but he can barely fend for himself, fighting off panic attacks while talking to his easygoing roommate and best friend, Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris), or listening to his crush, Ana (Ilse Salas), DJ on pirate radio. Ana is a charismatic beauty with huge, penetrating eyes who's become one of the leaders of the student strike Sombra is avoiding, and she seems to have enough drive and self-confidence for the two of them. Ironically, it’s the arrival of young screw-up Tomás that injects some motion into their lives. The boy idolizes a legendary Mexican rock’n’roll pioneer named Epigmeneo Cruz (Alfonso Charpener), whose music he listens to on a battered cassette handed down from his and Sombra’s absent father. When Tomás learns that Cruz is reportedly near death at a hospital in the city, he persuades Sombra and Santos that they must find him and pay their final respects.
    Asian Premiere
    Rated: R (Dewasa 18+)

    Thursday, 24 September @ 21:00

    SCREEN I

    RICKI AND THE FLASH (2015)

    Director: Jonathan Demme
    Country: USA
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
    Length: 101 mins
    http://www.rickiandtheflashmovie.com/site/

    Synopsis

    In a film loaded with music and live performance, Meryl Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

    Rated: PG 13

    Thursday, 24 September @ 21:00

    SCREEN 2

    Note: All Short Films Rated: PG (Dewasa)

    MOTHER AND BROTHER (2014)

    Director:  Dustin Cook
    Country: USA
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 17 mins

    Synopsis
    A window into the lives of two Brothers burdened with the care of their abusive mother. On his wedding day, the younger chooses to confront the guilt haunting their lives and carry a new burden alone.
    Asian Premiere

    HIDE AND SEEK (2015)

    Director:  Kimie Tanaka
    Country: France, Japan, Singapore
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 22 mins

    Synopsis
    Shoichi, a Japanese male nurse living in the city, returns home in countryside after his mother's sudden death, in order to sort out the situation of his younger brother Kotaro, who's been 'shut-in' (never comes out from his room) over a decade. Shoichi seeks for help from public social service, only to be disappointed with their bureaucratic treatment. Frustration accumulated, Shoichi makes a radical decision.

    THE REVENGE (2015)

    Director: Georgiy Soldatov
    Country: Russian Federation
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 14 mins

    Synopsis
    Pavel is an actor in a small theatre in a backwoods town. His career is in decline but he still wants to be acknowledged and hopes the new  play will bring him the success he desires. He’s got one of the leading roles in the play, but one small accident turns everything upside down.

    LISTEN  (2014)

    Director: Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni
    Country: Denmark, Finland
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 12 mins

    Synopsis
    A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a Copenhagen police station to file a complaint against her abusive husband, but the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words. A tense, diamond-hard film about cultural isolation and bureaucratic ignorance.

    OS MENINOS DO (2014)

    Children of the River
    Director: Javier Macipe
    Country: Spain, Portugal
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 14 mins

    Synopsis
    In the riverside neighbourhood of Oporto, all the children prove their courage by jumping from the stunning bridge Luis I into the Duero river. Leo has never done it before. He is different but he is getting tired of everyone thinking he is a coward.
    Asian Premiere

    BARRIER (2015)

    Director: Keisuke Hakomori
    Country: Japan
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 16 mins

    Synopsis
    Wheelchair-bound Kouji turned his back on the world.

    THE OTHER SIDE (2014)

    Director: Akiko Izumitani
    Country: Japan
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 15 mins

    Synopsis
    An undercover detective must infiltrate an Asian gang’s compound and rescue his kidnapped fiancé. However, the reality is much different than he expected.

    MY KINGDOM (2014)

    Director: Debra Solomon
    Country: USA
    Category: Short Film (animation)
    Length: 5 mins
    http://www.debrasolomon.com/

    Synopsis
    My kingdom has no castle, no rolling hills and no moat. It’s my personal space…the 24 inches around me, which I must defend to the death, without guns, barbed wire or attack dogs, especially on the subway.
    Asian Premiere

  • Friday, 25 September @ 17:00

    SCREEN I

    RON TAYLOR: DR. BASEBALL (2015)

    Director: Drew Taylor
    Country: USA, Canada
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 17 mins
    http://filmhouseinc.com/

    Synopsis

    Ron Taylor was a Major League pitcher for 11 years winning two world championships. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the motivation behind his decision to return to school and become a physician after his baseball career. Beginning with one lone scout who believed he could play professionally, to a tour of Vietnam, many classrooms, and finally back into baseball as a team doctor for the Toronto Blue Jays - Ron's path is charted as his sons learn how chance laid out the course of their father's life.

    BOUNCE: HOW THE BALL TAUGHT THE WORLD TO PLAY (2015)

    Director: Jerome Thelia
    Country: USA
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 72 mins
    http://www.bouncethemovie.com/

    Synopsis

    A fascinating documentary that takes us to the far reaches of the globe and the deep recesses of our ancient past to answer the question: Why do we play ball? Based on the book by anthropologist John Fox, 'The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game,' (Harper Perennial, 2012), the film explores the biological and cultural influences that drive the evolution of our ball games. Equal parts science, history, and visual essay, the documentary follows the ball from animal play through professional sports to video games, exploring why we play ball, and how we play says who we are, where we've come from, and where we are going as a civilization.

    Asian Premiere



    SCREEN 2

    ROUND TRIP HEART (2015)

    Director: Yuki Tanada
    Country: Japan
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Romance
    Length: 97 mins
    http://www.japansociety.org/event/round-trip-heart

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    26-year-old Hachiko Hojo (Yuko Oshima) works as a train attendant, selling items on a cart. She's good at her job, but she lacks self confidence. One day, she meets a movie producer (Koji Ookura). They decide to visit tourist attractions in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Hachiko Hojo looks back upon her life along the way and her journey to get past old memories that have been holding her back from following her own path.

    Indonesian Premiere
    Rating: PG


    Friday, 25 September @ 19:00

    SCREEN I

    WILDLIKE (2014)

    Director: Frank Hall Green
    Country: USA
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
    Length: 98 mins
    http://www.wildlikefilm.com/

    Synopsis
    Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Although Uncle seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship turns and Mackenzie is forced to run. Trying to make her way back to Seattle alone to find her absent mother, Mackenzie only winds up deeper in the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker, Bartlett, an unlikely father figure with scars of his own. Together, they cross the wilderness and discover sanctuary in the last frontier.

    International Premiere
    Rated: PG


    SCREEN 2

    THE OFFER (2015)

    Director: Richard James Halstead
    Country: Indonesia
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 8 mins

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    The Offer is a lament on the nature of temptation.

    I WANT TO BE KING (2015)

    Director: Mehdi Ganji
    Country: Iran
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 70 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4329054/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Synopsis
    Abbas has turned his own home to a guest house in a nomadic area of Iran. With the support of his wife and three children, he runs a successful Eco-tourism business. He has an ambitious dream, creating a new tribe by his own and becoming the sovereign. Therefore, he plans seriously to fulfill his dream and searching for a nomadic girl to be the queen of his tribe. Since he is Muslim, he has the right of taking more than one wife at the same time. His current wife and children are against this idea and break up with him.

    Asian Premiere

    Friday, 25 September @ 21:00

    SCREEN I

    ODE TO MY FATHER (2014)
    Gukjesijang
    Director: JK Youn
    Country: South Korea
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama
    Length: 120 mins
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yThCR1HYE6A

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    An epic drama starting from the Korean War. A young boy's vow to take care of his family marked the beginning of a promise spanning 60 years. It flashes back to  the main character, Duk-soo's (Hwang Jeong-min) early childhood, when he loses his younger sister and father in a rush to flee south at the outset of the Korean War. In his father's absence, Duk-soo becomes de facto head of the family, the beginning of a lifelong sense of responsibility to provide for his loved ones.

    Indonesian Premiere
    Rated: PG (Dewasa)

    SCREEN 2

    WHO AM I - KEIN SYSTEM IST SICHER (2014)
    Director: Baran bo Odar
    Country: Germany
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Thriller
    Length: 102 mins
    http://www.whoami-film.de/site/
    Synopsis
    Benjamin, a young German computer whiz, is invited to join a subversive hacker group that wants to be noticed on the world's stage. 

    Rated: PG 13

  • Saturday, 26 SEPTEMBER @ 16:00

    SCREEN 3

    MARMUT MERAH JAMBU (2015)

    Director: Raditya Dika 
    Country: Indonesia
    Category: Feature
    Genre: Comedy
    Length: 91 mins
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMQPfcXny-k/

    Synopsis
    Dika and his friend Bertus, a school drop-out, form a group of detectives to help solve the problems of their friends and also his relationship with Cindy, his crush from high school.
    Rated: PG 13

    Saturday, 26 SEPTEMBER @ 17:00

    SCREEN I

    OBJECTS (2015)
    Objekt

    Director: Paulina Skibinska 
    Country: Poland
    Category: Short Film (animation)
    Length: 15 mins
    http://www.obiekt-film.pl/

    Synopsis
    A creative image of an underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds-ice desert and underwater, told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.

    SIN AND LILY  STILL ALIVE (2014)

    Director: Maria Hennge
    Country: Austria,Germany
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Crime, Drama
    Length: 70 mins
    http://abadonproduction.com/

    Synopsis
    Sin and Illy have a plan: on a Greek island they want to get 'clean' on their own. But the intention of the two girls fails already on the way to the airport. Finally Sin realizes she has to go the way out of heroin addiction all alone.

    Indonesian Premiere
    Rated: R (Dewasa 18+) 

    SCREEN 2

    FRACKMAN (2015)

    Director: Richard Todd
    Country: Australia
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 93 mins
    http://www.frackmanthemovie.com/

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    This is a film about ordinary Australians caught up in a modern day multinational “gold rush” – to secure and exploit Coal Seam Gas. Smoldering resentment has turned conservative farmers into reluctant environmental warriors, many now embracing civil disobedience against laws they cannot support. Politicians, blinded by the potential riches are caught off-guard, not knowing who to support. Should they back their constituents or take the royalties from multi-national energy companies? Into this maelstrom of conflict and controversy ventures the main character , an Australian battler, Dayne ʻThe Frackmanʼ Pratzky. Het takes a quixotic road-journey through the bush, as lives are torn apart by the worlds desperate hunger for energy - and Australia’s eager willingness to supply it.

    International Premiere

    Saturday, 26 September @ 19:00

    SCREEN I

    CAN YOU DIG THIS (2015)

    Director: Delila Vallot
    Country: USA
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 80 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4422656/combined

    Synopsis
    Can You Dig This explores the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country. We follow the inspirational personal journeys of five 'gangster gardeners,' all planting the seeds for a better life.
    Asian Premiere

    SCREEN 2

    3 (2015)

    Director: Anggy Umbara
    Country: Indonesia
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Action, Drama
    Length: 90 mins
    http://www.mvpindonesia.com/site/

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    JAKARTA 2036: so much has changed, and not for the better. This is the story of Alif, Lam and Mim, three childhood best friends who learned to navigate the changing times in their own ways. Their relationships are tested as they battle for justice in the face of corruption, emerging chaos, a Nation’s Conspiracy, and even love. 

    World Premiere
    Rated: R (Dewasa 18+)


    Saturday, 26 September @ 21:00

    SCREEN I

    YAKUZA APOCALYPSE (2014)
    Gokudou daisensou

    Director: Takashi Miike
    Country: Japan
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Action, Horror
    Length: 125 mins
    http://www.gokudo-movie.com/
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3675748/

    Synopsis
    In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Among Kamiura's gang is Kageyama, his most loyal underling. However, the others in the gang view Kageyama with disdain and ridicule him for his inability to get tattooed due to sensitive skin. One day, assassins aware of boss Kamiura's secret arrive from abroad and deliver him an ultimatum: Return to the international syndicate he left years ago, or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle with anime-otaku martial-arts expert Kyoken, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, Kamiura bites Kageyama, passing on his vampire powers to the unsuspecting yakuza. As he begins to awaken to his newfound abilities, Kageyama's desire to avenge the murder of boss Kamiura sets him on a course for a violent confrontation with Kaeru-kun, the foreign syndicate's mysterious and seemingly unstoppable leader!

    Rated: R (Dewasa 18+)

    SCREEN 2

    CAMBODIAN SON (2014)

    Director: Masahiro Sugano
    Country: USA, Cambodia, UK, France
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 85 mins
    http://cambodianson.com/

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    Cambodian Son documents the inspirational story of Kosal Khiev’s journey from prisoner in America to world-class poet in Cambodia. The film follows Kosal’s life after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. This documentary follows a volatile yet charming and talented young man who struggles to find his footing amongst a new freedom that was granted only through his deportation. Kosal’s London representation is a triumphant moment for many people in his life, both in America and Cambodia. The film traces the impact and significance of this moment for Kosal, his friends, family, mentors and a growing international fan base. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. The local buzz and excitement increases as Kosal’s friends begin to pull together a send off party fit for a king. As the pressure to perform and represent builds, Kosal begins to deteriorate. A dramatic series of events nearly prohibits him from ever stepping onto the London stage. From teaching literacy at a Cambodian dumpsite to performing at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Kosal soon realizes with his new freedom comes great responsibility. After the performances end and the London stage becomes a faint memory, Kosal is once again left alone to answer the central question in his life: “How do you survive when you belong nowhere?”

    International Premiere

  • Sunday, 27 September @ 17:00

    SCREEN I

    FORWARD. SIDE. CLOSE! (2015)

    Director: Alexander Peter Lercher
    Country: Austria
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
    Length: 102 mins

    Synopsis
    DR. REINHARD NAGL (Heinz Trixner), a neurotic cynic, who suffers from obsessive compulsive behaviors, lives at a remote castle with his two servants. His life undergoes a dramatic restructuring when his excitable friend LORENZ ZWEIG (Christian Futterknecht) surprises him on his 70th birthday weekend with the intention of turning his life upside down. The delicate situation escalates as they encounter Reinhard's first love MAGDALENA (Uschi Glas).

    Indonesian Premiere

    SCREEN 2

    ROOTED IN PEACE (2015)

    Director: Greg Reitman
    Country: USA
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 97mins
    http://www.rootedinpeacefilm.com/

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    The film challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Relying not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Noble Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, media mogul Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, green architect William McDonough, neuroscientist Dan Siegel and many others. Reitman learns from all of them, and heeds Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s words, that if the forest is to be green, every tree must be green; if there’s going to be Peace on earth, then everybody needs to experience that quality of Peace within themselves. And so in asking viewers to do the same, Reitman poses the basic question: How do we want to live? 

    International Premiere

    Sunday, 27 September @ 19:00

    SCREEN I

    ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (2015)

    Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
    Country: USA
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Comedy, Drama
    Length: 105 mins
    http://meandearlmovie.com/

    Synopsis
    High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

    Indonesian Premiere
    Rated: PG 13

    SCREEN 2

    HAPPY HOUR (2014)

    Director: Martin Rodahl
    Country: USA
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 16 mins

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    Ed Hope had to fire fifteen people today. He leaves work to commiserate with his friend, Roger. At the hideaway bar, Ed recalls an almost forgotten incident from his childhood, and in telling it reveals larger ideas of pain and loss that have shaped his entire life.

    International Premiere

    BLUE EYED BOY (2014)
    Cheshm aabi

    Director: Amir Masoud Soheili
    Country: Iran
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 18 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4068024/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    A boy with unusual color blindness causes his parents shame when he accidentally kills some village livestock, so his parents seek medical treatment for the boy, and when hospital doctors cannot help, They take him to a local Shaman for a remedy.

    CASA BLANCA (2015)

    Director: Alesandra Maciuszek
    Country: Poland, Mexico, Cuba
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 60 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4294826/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Synopsis
    This beautifully shot film looks at an elderly mother and her son with Down’s syndrome as they lose the independence they maintain with great difficulty.

    Asian Premiere

    Sunday, 27 September @ 21:00

    SCREEN I

    ALL TRU ISH (2015)

    Director: Mina Mir
    Country: USA
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 3 mins

    Synopsis
    An experimental film presenting a one-sided relationship through colorful vignettes.

    HOT SUGAR'S COLD WORLD (2015)

    Director: Adam Lough
    Country: USA
    Category: Documentary, Music
    Length: 84 mins
    http://hotsugarscoldworld.vhx.tv/

    Synopsis
    A fly-on-the-wall look into the life of a modern-day Mozart, Nick Koenig (Hot Sugar) as he creates one-of-a-kind music made entirely out of sounds from the world around him. Nick lives every young musician’s dream, but when his internet- famous girlfriend, (rapper Kitty) goes on tour and they split, he flies to Paris where he grew up, to move on with his life, while hunting for increasingly unique and exotic sounds to sample and turn into beats. Through his journey, Hot Sugar goes on some crazy adventures, meets some fascinating people and learns what it takes to survive as an artist. 

    Asian Premiere

    SCREEN 2

    ABOUT A WOMAN (2014)

    Director: Teddy Soeriaatmadja
    Country: Indonesia
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama
    Length: 76 mins
    http://teddysoeriaatmadja.com/new/
    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    Loneliness and the universal need for love and expression are explored in this unblinking drama by one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

    Rated: R

  • Monday, 28 September @ 17:00

    SCREEN I

    CREATURES (2015)

    Kreatury
    Director: Tessy Moult-Milewskiejn
    Country: Poland
    Category: Short Film 
    Length: 6 mins
    http://tessamoultmilewska.com/kreatury/

    Synopsis
    A grotesque love story about Harold and Matylda, two caricatures of people, trying to face social ostracism. They uptake a quest to manipulate their obscene image to the better. The rough form of cut-out animation inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, Lotte Reiniger, Edward Gorey and Indonesian shadow theatre - brings us into a unpredictable and eclectic world of imagination, finally asking the question: who in fact are the Creatures? 

    CAKRA BUANA (2015)

    Director: Massimo Burhannudin
    Country: Indonesia
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama, Musical
    Length: 80 mins
    http://www.cakrabuanamovie.com/

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    Cakra Buana is a Sundanese musical drama film that not only tells about the life of Cakra, but is a story about the winding journey of the wheel of life that humans must pass...and cannot elude.

    World Premiere
    Rated: PG (Dewasa)

    Monday, 28 September @ 19:00

    SCREEN I

    HAPPY HOUR (2014)

    Director: Martin Rodahl
    Country: USA
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 16 mins

    Synopsis
    Ed Hope had to fire fifteen people today. He leaves work to commiserate with his friend, Roger. At the hideaway bar, Ed recalls an almost forgotten incident from his childhood, and in telling it reveals larger ideas of pain and loss that have shaped his entire life.

    International Premiere

    WARSAW UPRISING (2015)

    Powstanie Warszawskie
    Director: Jan Komasa
    Country: Poland
    Category: Documentary 
    Length: 87 mins
    http://warsawrising-thefilm.com/

    Synopsis
    The world's first feature film made entirely from documentary materials of the original chronicles.
    The story of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 through the eyes of a US airman, escapee from the Nazi Stalag camp and two young reporters, cameramen for the Bureau of Information and Propaganda of the Polish Home Army. Their mission: documenting the Uprising by shooting newsreels for the “Palladium” cinema. Looking for the right shots, they go deeper and deeper – literally and figuratively – into the heart of the Uprising. Traumatic truth becomes obvious. Aware of being witnesses of indescribable events, they realize their duties: to document them and preserve the rolls of film at any cost…

    Asian Premiere
    Rated: PG 13


    SCREEN 2

    WHERE DID WE GO? (2015)

    Director: Adrian Permata Scanlon
    Country: UK
    Category: Short Film 
    Length: 4 mins

    Synopsis
    A short story of a shy young man who finds love. He recollects a relationship with a young woman, which started in a café and led to the happiest of memories. As we discover how big a part this young woman has played in his life, it becomes apparent that perhaps this joy is too good to be real.   


    DANS LA COUR (2014)

    In the Courtyard 
    Director: Pierre Salvadori
    Country: France
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Comedy, Drama
    Length: 97 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2593224/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Synopsis
    Antoine (Gustave Kervern) is too depressed to go on playing in his rock band. After wandering in the streets, he decides to seek an occupation. Unskilled as he is, he is lucky to be hired as the caretaker of an old Paris apartment building. He soon proves good at his job, even if he performs it a little eccentrically, and everybody grows fond of him. Antoine also develops a particular friendship with Mathilde (Catherine Deneuve), a recently retired woman who lives in the block and whose mental balance is deteriorating.

    Rated: R

    Monday, 28 September @ 21:00

    SCREEN I

    PONY (2014)

    Director: Candice Carella
    Country: USA
    Category: Short Film
    Length:  32 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3653606/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Synopsis
    Claudia, a hardworking single mom, has to go out of town on an important last minute business trip, forcing her to leave her 5 year old daughter Miko with uncle Jeff, a rock musician in his 50's who is still running on fumes of his glory days. Spending the weekend looking after a spirited 5 year old, Jeff must suspend his delusions of grandeur and face reality. Miko is the catalyst for him to re-evaluate his life and re-connect with the inspiration that originally led him to music and he is able to gently guide her to a nascent understanding of life's vicissitudes.

    INSIDE FUR (2014)

    Pels
    Director: Ola Waagen
    Country: Denmark, Norway
    Category: Documentary
    Length: 57 mins
    http://www.piraya.no/

    Synopsis
    Distributing expose' on the Nordic fur industry. A group of highly motivated activists work for years with the goal of exposing the true face of the industry and sneak into hundreds of fur farms. When their images are publicized it causes media feasts and public outrage, year after year. However, the industry always strikes back. Nothing changes.  A new approach is needed.  So, psychologist Frank Nervik tells the fur industry that he plans to become a fur farmer. He asks for training. Nervik is accepted as one of them, and starts learning the trade secrets. Without anybody knowing, he films his training with a hidden camera. 

    Asian Premiere
    Rated: R

    SCREEN 2

    THE TROUBLE WITH LUCIE (2014)

    Abymée
    Director: Lionel Kaplan
    Country: France
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 11 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3667774/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_3

    Synopsis
    Lucie is an actress but would rather be a film director. Reluctantly she goes to yet another audition. The usual questions being asked, her conversation with the casting director takes a wrong turn and becomes hostile. Until reality meets fiction. Or rather vice versa?

    POCHA (MANIFEST DESTINY) (2015)

    Director: Michael Dwyer 
    Country: USA
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama, Thriller
    Length: 84 mins
    https://vimeo.com/123702829

    Synopsis
    Twenty years after leaving Mexico, Claudia Samaniega (22) and her mother are not living the American dream; they’re living beyond their means. Addicted to a lifestyle they can’t afford, Claudia has become enmeshed in a credit card fraud scheme and falls into an FBI trap. As deportation looms she has nowhere to go but her estranged father’s cattle ranch in Mexico. Claudia struggles to adjust to a family and way of life she’s never known. Claudia discovers that her father’s ranch is of strategic importance for drug smugglers and seizes the opportunity and partners with Ricky, who promises Claudia serious money and a way back to the US. All is interrupted when the military intervenes, clamping down on Ricky’s operations, and exposing her involvement. Torn between protecting her family and finally having a chance to go home, Claudia makes a desperate decision that puts everyone and everything at risk.  

    Asian Premiere
    Rated: R

  • Tuesday, 29 September @ 17:00

    SCREEN I

    DOPE (2015)

    Director: Rick Famuyiwa
    Country: USA
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Comedy, Drama
    Length: 103 min
    http://youaredope.com/

    Synopsis
    Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

    Asian Premiere
    Rated: R

    Tuesday, 29 September @ 19:00

    SCREEN I

    SHUT (2014)

    Director: Sun Young Hong
    Country: South Korea
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 22 mins

    Synopsis
    Suffering from the noises around her telemarketing office as well as her home, CHA Mee is diagnosed with sudden sensorineural hearing loss caused by stress.  Finally, she decides to go to audiology clinic, which is famous for 'No Sound Therapy.' Everyone in the clinic puts making quiet environment first. She loves there and gets familiar with it. But the peace doesn't last long... She feels stressed from the circumstance with recklessly controlling sound and cutting off mutual understanding. She gets nervous and exhausted again just like when she entered in the clinic.

    BLOWN AWAY (2014)

    Director: Danielle MacLean
    Country:  Australia
    Category: Documentary
    Length:  57 mins
    http://www.blownawaydocumentary.com/

    Synopsis
    Cyclone Tracy was one of the worst natural disasters in Australia's history, virtually wiping the city of Darwin from the map. Now 40 years later, previously untold stories reveal compelling new perspectives on the devastating storm, the controversial mass evacuation and the troubled reconstruction. Extraordinary archival footage, immersive animation and in-depth interviews tell a powerful story revealing the legacy and myths of Cyclone Tracy including the coming of age of Darwin, the heroism of Darwinians, and the politicization of the rebuild. The failure of most official records of the disaster to mention Indigenous people is addressed with stories from Aboriginal people who lived through the storm, and accounts of traditional Aboriginal beliefs that explain the Cyclone and resulting devastation from a cultural standpoint.

    International Premiere

    SCREEN 2

    CHAROK (2015)

    Director: Shayok Mukhopadhyay
    Country: India
    Category: Short Film 
    Length: 4 mins

    Synopsis
    Charok is a festival dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. The film focuses on the last day of the festival, when devotees go to extreme lengths in performing penance and demonstrating their faith. 

    HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) (2015)

    Director: Josh Kim
    Country: Thailand, USA, Indonesia
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama
    Length: 80 mins
    http://www.winatcheckers.com/

    Synopsis
    After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. Based on the stories from the bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand. HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) is director Josh Kim's debut feature film. 

    Rated: PG

    Tuesday, 29 September @ 21:00

    SCREEN I

    THE SHAMELESS (2015)

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    Director: Seung-uk Oh
    Country: South Korea
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama
    Length: 118 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4636022/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

    Synopsis
    A hard-boiled melodrama about a detective and a woman in a gang organization. In order to capture a mob enforcer, homicide detective Jung (Kim Nam-Gil) befriends his girlfriend, Hye-kyung (Jeon Do-Yeon), only to fall in love with her.

    Rated: R

    SCREEN 2

    FLORENCE HAS LEFT THE BUILDING (2014)

    Director: Mirrah Foulkes
    Country: Australia
    Category: Short Film
    Length: 14 mins
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3843652/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Synopsis
    It's the annual Christmas Eve concert at the Marigold House Assisted Living Facility. All her friends are dying and Florence (Jacki Weaver) wants out. When the facility double books two rival Elvis impersonators, Florence takes the opportunity for one last hurrah.
    International Premiere

    THE BABADOOK (2014)

    Director: Jennifer Kent
    Country: Australia
    Category: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
    Length: 93 mins
    http://thebabadook.com/

    Synopsis
    A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

    Indonesian Premiere
    Rated: PG 13

  • Wednesday, 30 September @ 17:00

    SCREEN I

    BIDADARI TERAKHIR  (2015)

    Director:  Awi Suryadi
    Country: Indonesia
    Category: Feature Film
    Length: 106 mins

    Filmmaker in attendance.

    Synopsis
    'The Last Angel' is taken from the novel by Agnes Davonar that tells the story of a high school boy named Raysa (Maxime Bouttier) who falls in love with a prostitute named Eva (Whulandary Herman). Although Eva works as a prostitute, Raysa has genuine feelings and true love for her without any basic sense of lust.
    Rated: R (Dewasa 18+)

    Wednesday, 30 September @ 19:00

    SCREEN I & 2

    Note: CLOSING NIGHT PREMIERE (Invitation Only) 

    CHEMO (Chemia) (2015)

    Director:  Bartosz Prokopowicz
    Country: Poland
    Category: Feature Film
    Length: 95 mins

    Filmmaker in attendance.
    http://chemia-film.com/

    Synopsis
    Thirty year old Benek (Tomasz Schuchardt) experiences a crisis mainly manifested by compulsive suicidal thoughts and dreams about death. Accidentally he meets a beautiful, magnetic and mouthy Lena (Agnieszka Zulewska). He is dazzled from the first moment and his admiration grows when Lena not only understands his suicidal preoccupation but shares a similar one. They embark on a crazy journey during which Benek realizes he is not the only man in Lena's life - in addition, the girl has cancer, and she is not attempting to treat it. Admiration mixes with fear - finally Benek promises to accompany her to the end.
    Asian Premiere
    Rated: R (Dewasa 18+)