Asian picks at Toronto After Dark

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off its 2013 edition on October 17 at its new home, the Scotiabank Theatre. A number of Reel Asian alumni have work in selection this year.

Among the many horror, zombie, sci-fi and other genre films being presented over the 9 nights of this year’s TADFF are three of interest to Reel Asian audiences:

Eega ఈగ, dir. S. S. Rajamouli (2h14, India 2012 – in Telugu w/ English subtitles)
Part of “Bug Night” Friday, Oct 18 – 9:30pm.

An amazing, action-packed, dark fantasy movie from India, about a murdered man who gets reincarnated as a housefly and sets out to have his revenge upon the evil crime lord that slayed him. Toronto Premiere.
Preceded by Bless You, dir Philip Watts (1min30, Australia 2013)

Silent Retreat, dir Tricia Lee (1h35, Canada 2013)
Sunday, Oct 20 – 4:15pm

Horror thriller meets creature feature in this frightening tale of a rebellious teenager who gets sent to a strict rehabilitation camp in the woods, where all attempts to escape lead to encounters with something terrifying that lurks beyond the trees! World Premiere.
Preceded by The Guest, dir Jovanka Vuckovic (5min, Canada 2013)

Evil Feed, dir. Kimani Ray Smith (1h30, Canada 2013)
Part of “Gory Night” Wednesday, Oct 23 – 9:30pm.

Bloody, outrageous and wickedly entertaining, a one-of-a-kind horror-action-comedy about a sinister Chinese restaurant that kidnaps martial artists off the streets, forces them to fight to the death, and then serves the loser up for dinner to paying guests! World Premiere.
Preceded by Beasts in the Real World, dir Sol Friedman (8min, Canada 2013)

Tricia Lee‘s earlier short film Searching for Wonder won our So You Think You Can Pitch? prize in 2010 and the film had its world premiere at Reel Asian in 2011. We blogged about Lee’s IndieGoGo campaign back in May so we’re excited to see the film making its world premiere!

Evil Feed was co-written by Aaron Au, whose short The Tea Master screened at Reel Asian in 2010.  Director Sol Friedman‘s animated short Junko’s Shamisen also screened in the same programme, and won our Animasian Award that year; most recently, Beasts in the Real World screened at TIFF this past September.

Tickets start at $13 and every screening will earn you 100 SCENE Movie Reward points. Most hardcore fans of the festival will have snapped up one of the All-Access Passes ($143 + 2,000 SCENE Movie Reward points) by now – there are only 200 passes available and they sell out every year.