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USA202186 minEnglishOntario PremiereComedy, Romance
Set up on a pre-arranged date by their old-fashioned Indian parents, Ravi (Karan Soni) and Rita (Geraldine Viswanathan) seem to have nothing in common, which makes their first encounter comically awkward. When news of the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies and a shelter-in-place mandate is issued, Ravi is forced to stay at Rita’s place until he can find a ride home. As time progresses, the two start learning more about one another, simultaneously judgmental and curious of each other’s quirky interests and lifestyles. When their time together stretches to an auspicious seven days and they’re faced with a stressful turn of events, Rita and Ravi start to build an unlikely bond.
Following the delightful beats of a classic rom-com, director and co-writer Roshan Sethi’s vision is elevated by the two lead actors’ undeniable charm and chemistry, telling an emotionally resonant and culturally specific story guaranteed to leave you with a feel-good high.
- Mariam Zaidi
Tribeca Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Roshan Sethi is a physician and screenwriter working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He began writing as a student at Harvard Medical School and co-created Fox’s The Resident while finishing his residency. Along with Hayley Schore, he co-wrote both a miniseries on Sally Ride for Sony and a film titled Call Jane with Elizabeth Banks that’s currently shooting.
10 Nov, 2021
to 19 Nov, 2021
This presentation has English subtitles.
Deep in the night, Fai and his friends are sleeping on the streets of Sham Shui Po, the poorest district in Hong Kong. The police arrive without notice and clear out their belongings, their makeshift homes reduced to roadside trash. With the help of social worker Ms. Ho, Fai takes the case to court, while he and his friends struggle to create a new home.
10 Nov. - 19 Nov.
(re)Rites of Passage is a special anthology published as part of our 25th-anniversary celebrations, and a follow-up to Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen (published in 2007 for Reel Asian’s 10th anniversary).
11 Nov. 4:30 pm
In this artist talk, Golboo Amani introduces us to her body of work, which often addresses and challenges the formal conditions of knowledge production and invites us to consider the power of alternate sites of pedagogy in creating collective agency and community building.
12 Nov. 5:00 pm