Third release of new films for our Fall Festival
Here’s the third installment of our weekly film announcements leading up to our big festival program and schedule reveal around September 1st. We have now updated our membership page with Fall 2013 only memberships, since we will be making changes to our membership program for 2014. Memberships will go on sale August 23rd, and you can get 15% off in person at our “I HEART HIFF” event on Thursday, August 22nd. Also if you purchase or renew a membership online through August 31st, you will receive 10% off.
THE GOD OF RAMEN
Japan 2013 | Dir. Takashi Innami | Spotlight on Japan
A film to truly tantalize your taste buds. To ramen lovers, Kazuo Yamagishi is a god. His ramen may seem like the traditional Tokyo style soy-sauce based ramen, but there is great depth in his culinary practice. From the shop’s opening 50 years ago, Yamagishi managed to create his distinct and unique flavor, attracting customers from all over Japan. Yamagishi’s story was originally broadcast on a Fuji TV program and now the film version is finally ready for HIFF fans!
Japan 2013 | Dir. Shin Togashi | Spotlight on Japan
Oshin comes from a family of poor rice farmers. Her father and brother must work in the fields and her grandmother and mother, who is expecting another child, barely have enough to eat. In order to make ends meet for her family, 7-year-old Oshin gives up school and decides to become a servant in the household of a wealthy family, where she faces trials and tribulation beyond her worst fears.
A STORY OF YONOSUKE
Japan 2013 | Dir. Shûichi Okita | Spotlight on Japan
Based on the novel by bestselling author Shuichi Yoshida, YONOSUKE is an ode to good humor and optimism in movies. The titular hero of the film, Yonosuke (Kengo Kora), is a seemingly ordinary Japanese student, both a simple soul and a force of nature that left a long-lasting impact on the lives of his college friends, explored through flash forwards that unveil a present flooded by the past.
China 2012 | Dir. Yu Li | Spotlight on China
When Song Qi stumbles upon her boyfriend’s affair with her best friend, her life quickly starts falling apart and she is subsequently drawn into a quicksand of revenge and murder. Though all is not as it seems and Song Qi will have to embark on a twisted journey into her past and the very depths of her own mind…
India 2013 | Dir. Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar | Spotlight on India
BOMBAY TALKIES is a 2013 Indian anthology film consisting of four short films, directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar. The film was made to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema and the beginning of a new era in modern cinema.
Thailand 2013 | Dir. Banjong Pisanthanaku | Southeast Asian Showcase
Some time during the Rattanakosin Kingdom, Mak (Mario Maurer) becomes a soldier and has to leave his pregnant wife Nak (Davika Hoorne) at home in Phra Khanong. In the distant frontline he meets four soldiers who become his best friends. Meanwhile his wife Nak struggles to give birth to their baby alone. When the war is over, Mak invites his friends to go to his home and meet his beautiful wife Nak. But in Phra Khanong the rumor goes around town that Nak is a ghost. After a series of uncanny events his four friends and some villagers try to tell Mak that his wife is already dead.
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS
United States 2013 | Dir. Grace Lee | Film For Thought
Tenacious 97 year old Asian-American Grace Lee Boggs was an unlikely star of the African-American movement. She looks back on her remarkable (and ongoing) lifetime of activism, dedicated to the possibility of a more just future for us all. Directed by Grace Lee (THE GRACE LEE PROJECT), AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, has been 12 years in the making. In an age when seemingly insurmountable injustices and contradictions face us, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY inspires citizens and dreamers of all ages.
United States 2013 | Dir. Amy Finkel | Documentary
FUREVER is a film that explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. It examines the sociological evolution of pets in the U.S. today and how it is affecting those in the veterinary and death care industries. With interviews from grieving pet owners, veterinarians, sociologists, religious scholars, and the professionals who preserve a pet’s body for their devastated clientele, or re-purpose a pet’s cremains in unique ways, FUREVER confronts contemporary trends, perspectives, and relevant cultural assumptions regarding attachment and death, and studies the bonds that form between humans and animals, both psychological and physiological.
THE HUMAN SCALE
Denmark 2013 | Dir. Andreas Dalsgaard | Documentary
50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning. Through his world acclaimed work, Gehl has been leading a revolution in urban planning that has been transforming cities worldwide. Stunningly photographed, Director Andreas Dalsgaard’s film travels around the world to explore how Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists have begun to transform such cities as diverse as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.
PLASTIC PARADISE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
United States 2013 | Dir. Angela Sun | Documentary
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers whom shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.