ASIAN FILM - 3 PACK
Er Di is the town 'celebrity'. But only for the none-too-exceptional feat that he had been a stowaway, and a multiple failure at that. One time he succeeded and managed to live abroad for a number of years before he got caught and was repatriated. Back in his hometown he spends his days as a slacker, busy doing nothing. There is just one person on his mind: Xiao Nu from a travelling Shanghai opera troupe, another lonely soul leading a listless life. Something of a romance develops between them, but they don't see any meaningful things happening in their lives.
- Nominated Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival
- Official Selection AFI Film Festival
A PECK ON THE CHEEK
A little girl's search for her biological mother who had abandoned her as a newborn baby is brought out poignantly in A Peck on the Cheek. Amudha, adopted by Thiru and Indira and growing up with the couple's two sons, is blissfully unaware of her parentage, until the couple decides to inform her of it on her ninth birthday. At first shocked into disbelief, Amudha then expresses her determination to seek out for her biological mother. The search takes the family to strife-torn Sri Lanka, where Amudha comes face-to-face with reality, and reconciles herself to it. With films like Mouna Ragam, Alaipayuthe and now A Peck on the Cheek, director Mani Ratnam proves once again that he is at his best when tackling human emotions and relationships.
- Winner Silver Lotus Award Best Audiography National Film Awards (India's Oscars?)
- Winner Audience Award (Best Film) Los Angeles Film Festival
BE WITH ME
Be With Me is a tapestry of three stories woven around the themes of love, hope, and destiny. Although the main characters come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they all long to be with their loved one.
"Meant To Be" is about an aging provision shopkeeper grappling with loneliness. Just when he is about to give up hope, he chances upon an autobiography which changes his life. The autobiography in this story is real - it is the story of Theresa Chan, who plays herself and shares her remarkable life experience in the film.
"So In Love" is the bitter-sweet chronicles of two teenage girls in a love less ordinary. A chain of events spark off a flurry of SMS messages that will drastically rewrite the blueprints of their lives.
"Finding Love" follows the mundane life of a middle aged security guard who has two loves in life -- food and a high flying professional who works in the same building he does. The first he indulges in with great passion; the second, alas, he can only admire from afar. He decides to bridge the divide with a letter.
Unbeknownst to them, these different souls will share the same stage in a play written by Fate, one which involves the themes of love, tragedy, and redemption. The characters in the movie are fictitious except for Theresa Chan. Deaf and blind since she was 14, Theresa - who is now 61 - is a remarkable woman who has triumphed over her disabilities to live an amazing life. She is the film's beacon, a symbol of strength and hope.
- Submitted by Singapore for Academy Award (Best Foreign Film) Academy Awards?
- Official Selection Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl.
- Nominated Jury Prize World Cinema Sundance FIlm Festival
- WInner Fipresci Prize Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam
In a tale akin to "Romeo and Juliet," the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malï¿½ is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malï¿½ and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malï¿½'s mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malï¿½'s father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
- Cuba's Academy Awardï¿½ Submission for Best Foreign Language Film
- Winner Junior Prize Cannes Film Festival
Carol, a Spanish-American twelve year old girl brought up in New York, travels with her mother to Spain for the first time in the turbulent spring of 1938, to meet her mother's family. Separated from her father, a pilot in the International Brigades involved in the Spanish Civil War, whom she adores, her arrival in her mother's native village transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocent and rebellious nature drives her to oppose a conventional world new to her. Her friendship with Maruja, the village's teacher, together with the lessons in life learnt from her grandfather and her love for local boy Tomiche will take her on an unforgettable and bittersweet journey into the world of adulthood.
- Official Selection Berlin Int'l FIlm Festival
- Nominated Best New Actress Goya Awards (Spanish Oscarsï¿½)
Based on a true story, Morlang is a chilling, psychological drama about jealousy, betrayal and revenge.
Successful artist Julius Morlang has reached a crossroad in his career. So when his wife Ellen becomes involved with an upcoming new artist, the limits of their love are strained. Julius seeks refuge in Ann, a sexy new admirer. But when Ellen unexpectedly falls ill, the two of them must reform the trust they had lost before.
But once betrayed, can you trust the one you love?
- Winner Best 1st and 2nd Feature Cairo Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Actor Cairo Int'l Film Festival
THE RAGE IN PLACID LAKE
Placid Lake's life has never been normal. From his early years when his mother sent him to school in a dress to challenge the other 5 year old children's 'preconceived notions of sexuality,' he should have guessed that fitting in was not going to be easy.
Fortunately for Placid, Gemma, the crayon gobbling scientific genius in awe of no one but her father is also having a few 'blending in' issues. They develop a firm friendship through the years during which their own peculiar parents attempt to drag them up and hurl them into adulthood, and they both discover the binding passion between them is a desperate bid for the elusive . 'Normal life'.
If you liked Napolean Dynamite, you'll surely appreciate The Rage in Placid Lake.
- Winner Most Popular Feature Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Screenplay Australian Film Institute (Australian Oscarsï¿½)
A SIMPLE CURVE
Kris Lemche gives a stellar performance (Canadian Press) as Caleb, a charming small-town entrepreneur determined to keep his woodworking shop afloat in spite of the relentless idealism of his business partner and father, aging hippie draft-dodger Jim (Michael Hogan, Battlestar Galactica). When wealthy American Matthew (Matt Craven, Crimson Tide) arrives, Caleb sees a chance to turn his fortunes around provided he can keep Jim distracted long enough. Juggling mounting debts, freeloading hippie houseguests, and a budding love life, Caleb strikes a secret deal with Matthew that could set him up for good if it doesn't destroy his entire way of life.
- Winner Special Mention for Best Canadian Screenplay Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
- Winner Best Director Nantucket Film Festival