ReelWorld Film Festival celebrates its 14th season, presenting more than 30 films and videos by filmmakers from Canada and around the world. With an opening night in Markham, the festival continues from April 11th-13th. Here are our picks from the festival:
- REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE (Dir. Jonathan Ng) A modern-day couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call. Cell phone static creates distance between them as they anguish over details of their relationship. But the visuals of the film reveal something entirely different.
- THE ROCKET (Dir. Kim Mordaunt) A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. It’s a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war. To prove he’s not cursed he builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
- YELLOW STICKY NOTES / CANADIAN ANIJAM (Dir. Jeff Chiba Stearns) 15 of Canada’s most award-winning and celebrated independent animators have come together to create a collaborative animated film. Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam is an innovative and global approach to animation filmmaking and unites animators from coast to coast.
- GIRLFRIENDS (Dir. Betty Xie) Meeting for the first time, two girls with different cultural backgrounds uncover the truth behind a case of mistaken infidelity. Screened at Reel Asian 2013.
- LAKSHMI (Dir. Nagesh Kukunoor) A true story of a beautiful 14-year-old-girl whose life takes a tragic turn. She is snatched from her family in the village and sold to a brothel in the city. Against all odds, the traumatized and broken child-woman shows courage where everybody else fails. Resisting all pressure – violent threats, coercion and bribes, she stands up in court and in an historic landmark case succeeds in putting the traffickers behind bars.
- THE RED HOUSE (Dir. Alyx Duncan) An intimate portrait of cross-cultural married couple Jia and Lee. While they share a great and enduring love, they have vastly different backgrounds and contrasting outlooks on life. When the time comes for Jia to fulfill her filial duties, the film follows Jia and Lee’s journey from their home of 20 years back to Jia’s homeland of China.
Check out the full festival schedule HERE