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Film Frenzy

Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, USA64 minEnglish and various languages with English subtitlesAction, Closed Captions, Comedy, Descriptive Captions, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Horror, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner, Thriller, Women Filmmakers

A retired hitman, telephone counselor, Ronggeng dancer, and pug take the lead in these four cult-worthy shorts that are bound to make you question everything you thought you knew. Includes winners of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 RECEIVER and RONG.

The Last Ferry From Grass Island
島嶼故事

Linhan Zhang 張林翰 Profile Image

Hong Kong, USA2020 14 minCantonese, Mandarin with English SubtitlesToronto PremiereDrama, Open Captions

Rated 14A
CW: Guns

Our focus shifts from the oversaturated cityscape of Hong Kong to the mundane, yet peaceful fisherman’s life of a retired hitman. When his apprentice arrives unannounced, will the tranquility last?

Cast

Tai Bo 太保
Wang Yang 汪洋

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Tribeca Film Festival, 2020
Cannes Cinéfondation, 2020
Palm Springs Shorts Fest, 2020
Calgary International Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Linhan Zhang 張林翰

Linhan Zhang 張林翰 is a film and television undergraduate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a 2017-2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow, and a recipient of the 2019 Adobe Creativity Scholarship.

Receiver

Cavan Campbell Profile Image

Canada2020 15 minEnglish with English Subtitles World PremiereClosed Captions, Descriptive Captions, Horror, Reel Asian Award Winner, Thriller

Rating 14A
CW: Psychological horror, Manipulation

Addressing the harm racialized women as professional and informal caregivers face and can internalize, Tahirih Vejdani delivers a resonating performance as Sriyani, an overtaxed social care worker.

Cast

Tahirih Vejdani
David Tompa

Recognitions

AWARDS
Winner of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

Directors Bio

Cavan Campbell

Raised on Prince Edward Island by his Island father, a painter, and his Sri Lankan mother, a writer, Cavan Campbell has worked on It, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and Star Trek: Discovery.

RONG

Indira Iman Profile Image

Indonesia2019 13 minIndonesian with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereFantasy, Horror, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner, Thriller, Women Filmmakers

Rating 18A
CW: Sexual assault and violence, Genital mutilation

Blending Indonesian tradition and culture with fantasy and mysticism, RONG is a terrifying yet satisfying take on a girl who walks home alone at night as the hunted becomes the hunter.

Cast

Maryam Supraba
Ancoeamar

Recognitions

AWARDS
Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

Directors Bio

Indira Iman

Indira Iman is a director and writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, who believes film can inspire social change.

Bow-wow
멍멍, 바우와우, 와프와프

Hyungnam Pak 박형남 Profile Image

South Korea2019 22 minKorean with English SubtitlesInternational PremiereComedy, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Open Captions

Rated PG

If three dogs who dabble with dog-ception to save their fellow four-legged friend isn’t enticing enough, it’s also a musical with some animation and features Donggyu Lee, the Korean Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cast

Kang Chan
Lee Donggyu
Park Shinyoung
Ko Hyungkyung

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Hyungnam Pak 박형남

Born in 1990, Hyungnam Pak is a film major at the Korea National University of Arts. His previous films include Sailing A Paper Boat and When We Meet Us.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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ASL Interpretation provided at live Q&A by
Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service

Live online Q&A with special guests

Join us in conversation with directors and special guests in attendance! ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services. Ticket holders can watch on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

November 15, 2020 at 10am

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Dust and Ashes
축복의 집

South Korea201978 minKorean with English SubtitlesNorth American PremiereDrama, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner, Thriller

Unfolding over a tumultuous three days, Dust And Ashes is a quiet thriller following a grieving Hae-su, forced to learn and navigate the system in order to collect insurance after the death of her mother. Overworked, underpaid, and facing eviction, Hae-su takes desperate measures in order to escape impoverishment.

In his enigmatic directorial debut, Park Hee-kwon confronts the aftermath of death just as he does the act of living: with method and process. He steeps the bureaucracy of dying in intensity, slowly burning away the mystery surrounding Hae-su and the social injustices faced by the underclass in contemporary South Korea. Actress Ahn So-yo (seen in Albert Shin’s 2014 In Her Place) carries the grief as if it is her own—delivering a performance of few words but nonetheless affecting and steadfast in its resolve.

– Roxanne Fernandes

Cast

Ahn So-yo
Lee Kang-ji
Kim Na-young
Kim Jae-rok

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Jeonju International Film Festival 2020
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2020

AWARDS
Cinesend Best First Feature Award, Reel Asian 2020

Director Bio

Park Hee-kwon

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12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

The first 100 tickets to this screening are FREE thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto. Limited quantities, get yours today!

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Rating

14A
CW: Death or dying, Suicide

Sponsor

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Community Supporter

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Bonus content!

Ticket holders can watch Reel Asian Programmer June Kim's conversation with director Park Hee-kwon and actor Ahn So Yo on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

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Receiver

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CW: Psychological horror, Manipulation

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Winner of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

Director Bio

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RONG

Indonesia2019 13 minIndonesian with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereFantasy, Horror, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner, Thriller, Women Filmmakers

Rating 18A
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Cast

Maryam Supraba
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AWARDS
Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

Director Bio

Indira Iman

Indira Iman is a director and writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, who believes film can inspire social change.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

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China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South KoreaEnglish and Various Languages Action, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Experimental, Horror, Thriller

Caught in a standstill, these films follow the choices made and risks taken by characters to impel even the smallest of pivots.

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Director Bio

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Rating

RATED PG

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