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Arnold is A Model Student

86 minutes | 2022 | Thailand, Singapore, France, Netherlands, Philippines | Narrative |
Thai | sub. English | 13+

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Schedule

XXI 1 | TUE 29 NOV | 15:00

XXI 1 | WED 30 NOV | 12:30

Synopsis

Arnold is a clever student who has won many academic awards. One day, he meets Bee who runs an underground business helping students cheat on their exams. Bee asks Arnold to join his cheating ring and offers him a lot of money. While Arnold considers working with Bee, many of his schoolmates, unhappy with their school’s disrespect of their freedom, organize a big protest.

Director

Sorayos Prapapan

 

Director’s Filmography

2021

New Abnormal (Short)

 

2020

Digital Funeral: Beta Version (Short)

 

2020

Prelude of the Moving Zoo (Short)

 

Production Company

Minimal Animal

 

Contact:

wouter@squareeyesfilm.com

Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2022

Nominee for New Talent Award

 

Locarno International Film Festival 2022

Nominee for Golden Leopard – Filmmakers of the Present

 

Busan International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Director's Profile

Sorayos Prapapan

Sorayos Prapapan

Sorayos Prapapan (b. 1986, Thailand) is an independent filmmaker. He has directed several short films which have won awards in his home country and have been screened at many international film festivals including Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand. His first feature film Arnold Is A Model Student was selected for the 2022 Locarno Film Festival.

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Silver Bird and Rainbow Fish

104 minutes | 2022 | China | Animation |
Chinese | sub. English | 13+

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Schedule

XXI 2 | TUE 29 NOV | 12:45

XXI 1 | THU 1 DEC | 15:45

Indonesia Premiere

Synopsis

In a world of propaganda images, surrealist collage and pop-art animation, artist-filmmaker Lei Lei and his family recall the past to make sense of the present. 1950s, Jiaqi is 4 years old when his father is compelled to go work in the countryside and his mother passes away. Shortly after the burial, Dad is forced to put Jiaqi and his sister in an orphanage where they turn into birds in a cage. While the country is in turmoil, a Rainbow fish transforms into a woman and decides to help the kids.

Director

Lei Lei

 

Director’s Filmography

2020

A Bright Summer Diary (Short)

 

2019

Breathless Animals

 

2016

Books on Books (Short)

 

Production Company

C-RAY STUDIO, CHINESE SHADOWS

 

Contact:

acquisition@chineseshadows.com

Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2022

Nominee for Best Film

 

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022 Nominee for Young Cinema Chinese Competition

 

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

Official selection

 

DOK Leipzig 2022

Official selection

Director's Profile

Lei Lei

Lei Lei

Born in 1985 in Nanchang, Lei graduated from Tsinghua University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Animation. Since then, he has worked as an independent filmmaker and experimental animation artist. His works include short animation films "This is Love" (Best Narrative Short Award at Ottawa International Film Festival in 2010), "Recycled" (selected at Annecy Film Festival, Grand Prix of Shorts & Non-Narrative Films at Holland International Animation Film Festival), and many others, which have been selected in numerous international festivals and exhibited in museums.

His previous film, mid-length documentary, "Breathless Animals" played in Berlinale Forum in 2019 and won Best mid-length documentary at Cinéma Vérité.

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Return to Seoul

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Return to Seoul

117 minutes | 2022 | Cambodia | Narrative | French, Korean, English | sub. English | 17+

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Schedule

XXI 1 | MON 28 NOV | 20:00

Synopsis

On an impulse to reconnect with her origins, Freddie, 25, returns to South Korea for the first time, where she was born before being adopted and raised in France. The headstrong young woman starts looking for her biological parents in a country she knows so little about, taking her life in new and unexpected directions.

Director

Davy Chou

 

Director’s Filmography

2016

Diamond Island

 

2014

Cambodia 2099 (Short)

 

2011

Golden Slumbers (Documentary)

 

Production Company

Aurora Films

 

Contact:

pperez@mubi.com

Athens International Film Festival 2022

Winner for Best Picture

Cannes Film Festival 2022

Nominee for Un Certain Regard Award

Toronto International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Busan International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Cambodia entry for Best International Feature at the Academy Awards 2023

Director's Profile

Davy Chou

Davy Chou

Davy Chou is a French director and producer born in 1983, based between Paris and Phnom Penh. He co-founded the French production company Vycky Films and the Cambodian production company Anti-Archive. Grandson of Cambodian producer Van Chann, Davy Chou directed in 2011 “Golden Slumbers” (Forum - Berlinale 2012), a documentary about the birth of Cambodian cinema in the 1960s and its brutal destruction by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. He has also directed several short films including “Cambodia 2099” (Directors' Fortnight - Cannes 2014). His first feature, "Diamond Island", produced by Aurora Films and co-produced by Anti-Archive and Vandertastic, was awarded the SACD Prize at Critics’ Week- Cannes 2016. His second feature, "Return to Seoul", produced by Aurora Films and co-produced by Vandertastic and Frakas Productions, is selected at Un Certain Regard – Cannes 2022. In parallel, Davy Chou continues his activity as a producer: he has recently produced Cambodian filmmakers, including Kavich Neang ("White Building" - Venice Film Festival 2021) and was also line producer on "Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle" by Arthur Harari (Un Certain Regard – Cannes 2021).

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The Newspaper

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The Newspaper

90 minutes | 2020 | Sri Lanka | Narrative | Sinhala | sub. English | 13+

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Schedule

XXI 1| SUN 27 NOV | 15:00

XXI 2 | MON 28 NOV | 12:00

Indonesia Premiere

Synopsis

Guna is a poor but kind-hearted man with paralysed legs, lives a righteous life with his family in a small village. However, Guna’s life is turned upside down when an erroneous newspaper article brands his brother as a suicide blast attacker. Nine years later he finds a scrap of a newspaper correcting that error which stated that his late brother was not a suicide bomber but an innocent civilian. So, Guna is going to the city with an illiterate friend in the hope of turning an insignificantly reported news in the newspaper into a front-page headline of the newspaper.

Director

Sarath Kothalawala,

Kumara Thirirmadura

 

Production Company

Thamara Cineru

 

Contact:

kumudumalee93@gmail.com

Director's Profile

Sarath Kothalawala &  Kumara Thirirmadura

Sarath Kothalawala & Kumara Thirirmadura

Sarath Kothalawala and Kumara Thirimadura are award winning Sri Lankan actors, writers and directors for both cinema and stage drama fields. "The Newspaper" is their debut movie co-direction and Sarath Kothalawala is performing the lead male role in it and the supporting male role performed by Kumara Thirimadura

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Zan, Mard, Bache

Like a Fish on the Moon

78 minutes | 2022 | Iran | Narrative | Farsi (Iran) | sub. English | 13+

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Schedule

XXI 1 | MON 28 NOV | 14:30

XXI 2 | THU 1 DEC | 12:00

Asian Premiere

Synopsis

Haleh is a very protective mother, who easily spoils her 4 years-old boy, Ilya. When one day the boy stops talking, Haleh and her husband Amir start searching for the reason and the remedy for this sudden mutism. The more they try to talk to the boy or consults experts, the worst things are becoming in the couple and the family.

Director

Domaz Hajiha

 

Director’s Filmography

2017

Marziyeh (Short)

 

2017

Marlon (Short)

 

2015

Under the Same Roof (Short)

 

Production Company

Asian Shadows

 

Contact:

acquisition@chineseshadows.com

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022 Official Selection

Vancouver International Film Festival 2022 

Official Selection

Director's Profile

Domaz Hajiha

Domaz Hajiha

Born in 1988 in Tehran, Dornaz HAJIHA received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Al Zahra University, Tehran, in 2011. She worked as a photographer and graphic designer while attending film workshops with maestros Asghar Farhadi and Bahram Beyzayi. HAJIHA entered London Film School in 2013. She completed her MA in Film Production and graduated with distinction in 2015. She made short films as well as a documentary, for which she was the writer. Her latest shorts, “Marziyeh and Marlon”, produced in 2017, have been shown and awarded in numerous film festivals.

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Like & Share

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Like & Share

111 minutes | 2022 | Indonesia | Narrative | Indonesia | sub. English | 17+

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Schedule

XXI 1 | SUN 27 NOV | 19:45

XXI 2 | MON 28 NOV | 17:00

Synopsis

Lisa, a 17 years old girl, throws herself into porn and self pleasures due to stress from her worsening relationship with her recently remarried mother, who is also pressuring her to have a religious conversion.

Her best friend, Sarah, is the only one who knows about her plight. They have a tight relationship, as they feel that the only thing they have in this world is each other.

Alas, Lisa’s addiction eventually comes between them. Lisa’s obsession brings her face to face with Fita, a woman who was in a viral sex tape. While Sarah’s own loneliness drives her to the arms of Devan, a fully adult male.

Director

Gina S. Noer

 

Director’s Filmography

2021

First, Second & Third Love 

 

2020

Saiyo Sakato (TV Mini Series) 

 

2019

Dua Garis Biru

 

 

Production Company

Starvision

Wahana Kreator

 

 

Contact:

starvisionplus@yahoo.com

 

Director's Profile

Gina S. Noer

Gina S. Noer

Gina S. Noer (August 24, 1985) is an Indonesian screenwriter, producer, and film director. She's also the co-founder and Head of IP Initiative of Wahana Kreator Nusantara: a story based company that consists of workshop for aspiring filmmakers, story/IP development, and production house.

Her vast filmography as a screenwriter includes two of the most successful films post-reformation era in the Indonesian box office, Ayat-Ayat Cinta (2008/co write with Salman Aristo) with 3.5 million audience and Habibie & Ainun (2012/co write with lfan Ismail), which earned 4.6 million audiences. Her debut as producer, Keluarga Cemara has earned 1,/ million audience. Dua Garis Biru is her directorial debut.

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Hadashi de Narashite Misero

Let Me Hear It Barefoot

128 minutes | 2021 | Japan | Narrative | Japanese | sub. English | 13+

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Schedule

XXI 2 | SUN 27 NOV | 17:30

XXI 2 | FRI 2 DEC | 20:00

Indonesia Premiere

Synopsis

Naomi works for his father’s waste collection company. He spends his days wishing that someday he could leave his parents’ home. Oneday, Naomi meets Maki, a young man who lives with his blind mother-in-law, Midori. She always tells Maki about her travels in the world, but the truth is that she has never been abroad. When she gets seriously ill, Midori entrusts her dream of traveling the world to Maki. However, Maki is unable to travel abroad due to lack of funds, so he decides to create the “sounds” of places around the world with Naomi and send the recorded tapes to Midori.

Director

Riho Kudo

 

Director’s Filmography 

2018

Orphan’s Blues


Production Company

Erice Company


Contact:

yuri.kubota@pff.or.jp

Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival 2022 

Winner for Nippon Visions Jury Award – Special Mention

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 

Official Selection

Director's Profile

Riho Kudo

Riho Kudo

Born in Fukuoka in 1995. Her first feature film, "Orphan's Blues" (18), a graduation projectfrom Kyoto University of Art's Department of Film and New Media, won the Grand Prix atthe 40th Pia Film Festival's "PFF Award competition2018". In addition, the film won theGolden KOJIKA Award and the Audience Award at the NARA-wave, the student section ofthe Nara International Film Festival.She won the rights to the PFF Scholarship to make "Let Me Hear It Barefoot," which was hercommercial film debut. The film was selected for the 51st Rotterdam International FilmFestival's Harbor section, Frameline46, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ FilmFestival, and other festivals overseas.

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Leonor Will Never Die

99 minutes | 2022 | Philippines | Narrative | Tagalog | sub. English | 17+

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Schedule

XXI 1 | THU 1 DEC | 20:30

XXI 2 | FRI 2 DEC | 15:00

Synopsis

Leonor Reyes was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo, forced to avenge his brother’s murder at the hand of thugs. While her imagination provides some escape from reality, she goes all-in after an accident involving a television knocks her out, sends her into a coma, and transports her inside the incomplete movie. Now Leonor can play out her wildest dreams firsthand and discover the perfect ending to her story.

Director

Martika Escobar Ramirez

 

Director’s Filmography

2020

Living Things (Short)


2014

Dindo (Short)


2014

Stone Heart (Short)


Production Company

Arkeofilms Production


Contact:

sebastien@cercamon.biz

 

Sundance Film Festival 2022 

Winner for World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Innovative Spirit

Toronto International Film Festival 2022 

Winner for Amplify Voices Award

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Director's Profile

Martika Escobar Ramirez

Martika Escobar Ramirez

Martika Ramirez Escobar was born in Manila in 1992. Her love for the bizarre is best reflected through her films and photography. After graduating with honors from the University of the Philippines, her thesis “Stone Heart”, competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival and screened around the world. Also won Best Film at Cinemalaya. Her latest work,“Quadrilaterals,” premiered at the 9th DMZ Docs.

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Koshtan-e Khajeh

Killing the Eunuch Khan

110 minutes | 2021 | Iran | Narrative |
Persian & Arabic | sub. English | 17+

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Schedule

XXI 1 | SUN 27 NOV | 12:30

XXI 4 | MON 28 NOV | 17:45

Indonesia Premiere

Synopsis

The serial killer intends to slaughter so much that the blood spills over the ditches of the city. To reach this target, he designs a plan in which victims kill victims. The plan is carried out and the stream of blood gradually fills the ditches of the city by the people who kill each other.

Director

Abed Abest

 

Director’s Filmography

2017

Simulation

 

2012

I Haven’t Seen Hussein Since The Day Before

Yesterday (Short)

Production Company

Hich Film

 

Contact:

info@iranianindependents.com

 

Slamdance Film Festival 2022 

Winner for Breakout Feature

Rhode Island International Film Festival 2022  

Winner for Vortex Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award

Talinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021

Official selection

International Film Festival of Kerala 2022

Official selection

Director's Profile

Abed Abest

Abed Abest

Born on June 21, 1987 in Iran, Abed Abest is a graduate of Architecture from Mahshahr Azad University in Iran. At the beginning, he has been engaged in theatre as an actor, and writer. Then, he continued in cinema and took part in different projects. He started his career as a writer and director in his first short film, “I haven’t seen Hossein since the day before yesterday” (2012).

His debut feature film, as writer and director, “Simulation” premiered at Berlinale Forum and TIFF in 2017. He has performed as lead actor in “Invasion”, directed by Shahram Mokri, which premiered at the Berlinale Panorama section and Karlovy Vary 2018.

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The Brittle Thread

97 minutes | 2021 | India | Narrative |
Hindi, English, Hebrew, Bhojpuri | sub. English | 17+

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Schedule

XXI 2 | SUN 27 NOV | 12:45

XXI 1 | MON 28 NOV | 12:15

Indonesia Premiere

Synopsis

Headstrong, feisty street dancer Rani works hard to take care of her daughter while reclusive weaver Shahdab discovers a new world in his friendship with an Israeli tourist. Exploring the love and hate dimensions in the ancient city of Varanasi, their cultural and political identities come to the fore. Will the luminous fabric of our diversity soon turn into an iron curtain, dividing those who seem to belong and those who don’t?

Director

Ritesh Sharma

 

Director’s Filmography

2018

Red Soil (Short)


2014

Rainbows are Real (Documentary)


2010

The Holy Wives (Documentary)


Production Company

Hardhyaan Films


Contact:

ritesh_films@ymail.com

Film Critics Circle of India 2022
Winner for Best Debut Feature

International Film Festival of Kerala 2022
Official Selection

Director's Profile

Ritesh Sharma

Ritesh Sharma

Ritesh Sharma is a filmmaker and theatre practitioner from Mughalsarai, Varanasi currently based out of Delhi. He directed his first documentary film “The Holy Wives”, about caste-based sexual exploitation and human trafficking in India. The film won the best documentary movie award at the prestigious DadaSaheb Phalke Film Festival in 2011 and was screened in different national and international film festivals.

In 2014 he directed another documentary movie “Rainbows are Real”. The film was screened at film festivals like Boston LGBT Film Festival, and Kolkata International Film Festival and has also been screened on NDTV Prime Documentaries.

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