The Taste of Pho

Germany, Poland201984 minPolish, Vietnamese with English subtitlesDrama, Family, Family-friendly, Women Filmmakers

What does a hot bowl of lovingly prepared soup remind you of? The taste of home? The warm embrace of a loved one? For Long, a widower and cook at a Vietnamese restaurant in Warsaw, his famous pho is his pride, and his grade-school daughter Mia is his joy. But their world changes when the restaurant is sold, forcing Long to learn to make sushi. Meanwhile, Mia is frustrated by her father's caring but old-fashioned ways, while fearing he is moving on from the memory of her late mother.

Japan-born, Polish-educated director Mariko Bobrik’s first feature tells a tender and bittersweet look at an intergenerational immigrant family with a confidently light touch from (perhaps) an unexpected Eastern European source. While Poland is their home, Long and Mia both must navigate what the idea of home means for them when dealing with change, while finding a better understanding of each other.

– Aram Siu Wai Collier

Cast

Thang Long Do
Lena Nguyen
Aleksandra Domanska

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
San Sebastián Film Festival, 2019
Osaka Asian Film Festival, 2020
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Mariko Bobrik

Mariko Bobrik was born in Japan in 1983. She graduated from the directing course of the Lodz Film School. She participated in Cinéfondation: Résidence du Festival de Cannes and Berlinale Talents. The Taste of Pho is her first feature. She currently lives in Warsaw.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

PG
CW: Racial slurs

Sponsor

Live online Q&A with director & writer Mariko Bobrik

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 4PM

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Scarborough: Live Script Read and Artist Talk

Reel Asian is proud to present as its Closing Night event a live script read presentation of Scarborough, the anticipated forthcoming film adaptation of Catherine Hernandez’ award-winning novel of the same name by Reel Asian stalwart filmmaking duo of Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson.

19 Nov. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Shorts
Film Frenzy

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.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Special Presentation
Down a Dark Stairwell: Special Screening and Live Panel

Down a Dark Stairwell takes a nuanced and careful look at the events following the 2014 case where Akai Gurley was shot and killed in the stairwell of an apartment building by Chinese-American NYPD officer Peter Liang. This opening night presentation is followed by a panel discussion with ASL support and accompanied by an active listening service. Available only in Ontario for a limited time

12 Nov. 7:00 pm - 13 Nov. 7:00 pm

Mogul Mowgli

UK202090 minEnglish, Urdu with English SubtitlesToronto PremiereClosed Captions, Drama, Family

On the brink of his first international tour, Zed, a British Pakistani rapper, decides to fly home to the U.K. to reconnect with his family, only to find out his first big international break could be jeopardized by an unexpected and quickly debilitating autoimmune disease. As his condition worsens and his medical treatments intensify, Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis. His days are marked by vivid hallucinations and long-buried childhood memories of his parents fleeing India during the Partition, forcing him to face resurfaced trauma.

A film co-written, produced by and starring Emmy Award-winning actor Riz Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli is a disquieting and electrifying exploration of identity, self-expression and intergenerational trauma. Bassam Tariq’s directorial lead and Ahmed’s transfixing performance create a gutsy, beat-packed drama authored by bi-cultural artists powerfully expressing their right to thrive in all spaces, especially those that have been built to reject them.

– Mariam Zaidi

Cast

Riz Ahmed
Alyy Khan
Sudha Bhuchar
Nabhaan Rizwan
Anjana Vasan
Aiysha Hart
Hussain Manawer
Kiran
Sonia Sawar
Jeff Mirza

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Berlin International Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq is a writer and director currently based between Texas and London. His previous film, Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019) won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for a Short Documentary Oscar.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

14A
CW: Racial slurs

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Archive Means and Mediums

This panel reflects on the necessity and challenges of archives and archival work, inviting members of community archive initiatives to discuss their work and process. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

15 Nov. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Canadian Spotlight
Canadian Spotlight

The 2020 Canadian Spotlight features not one but three Canadian media artists who work at the intersections of experiential, experimental moving image and narrative.

1 Nov. - 19 Nov.

Reel Ideas
CBC Digital Spaces

Join the CBC as they discuss new opportunities and methods for pitching digital content. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

16 Nov. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time
オルジャスの白い馬

Japan, Kazakhstan201984 minKazakh with English SubtitlesCanadian PremiereDrama, Women Filmmakers

A cowardly horse robbery ends in murder, leaving a boy fatherless and his family in disarray. When the boy’s mother is forced to move the family out of their village, a mysterious man arrives who might be able to help restore order. What may appear to us as a “Western,” with its familiar framing of vast vistas and sublime steppes, is really a story about fractured families and survival in the wake of violence.

Inspired by true events, co-directors Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and Lisa Takeba join forces for a landmark Kazakhstan/Japan co-production, starring decorated actors Samal Yeslyamova and Mirai Moriyama. These disparate yet collaborative elements are able to make something familiar but fresh, an Asian “Western”, an art film that builds to a satisfying genre conclusion and culminates with an epilogue of renowned Kazakh artist Gali Myrzashev paintings. The Horse Thieves is an atmospheric treat. Watch it full-screen, volume up.

- Aram Siu Wai Collier

Cast

Samal Yeslyamova
Madi Minaidarov
Mirai Moriyama
Dulyga Akmolda

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Busan International Film Festival, 2019
Tokyo International Film Festival, 2019
Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, Lisa Takeba

Lisa Takeba is a Japanese film director and screenwriter known for Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory (2015) and The Pinkie (2014). Yerlan Nurmukhambetov is a director and writer known for Walnut Tree (2015) and The First Rains of Spring (2011).

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

14A

Bonus content!

Ticket holders can watch Reel Asian Programmer June Kim's conversation with directors Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and Lisa Takeba on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

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Moving On

Broke and evicted from their basement apartment in Seoul, teenager Okju, her little brother Dongju, and their divorced father must move in with their ailing grandfather at the city’s outskirts. Soon joined by an aunt reeling from her own failed marriage, they spend the summer getting reacquainted with each other as an ad hoc multigenerational family unit, which was the norm just a generation ago.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Features
Dust and Ashes

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.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Features
The Taste of Pho

What does a hot bowl of lovingly prepared soup remind you of? The taste of home? The warm embrace of a loved one? For Long, a widower and cook at a Vietnamese restaurant in Warsaw, his famous pho is his pride, and his grade-school daughter Mia is his joy. But their world changes when the restaurant is sold, forcing Long to learn to make sushi. Meanwhile, Mia is frustrated by her father's caring but old-fashioned ways, while fearing he is moving on from the memory of her late mother.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

A.K.A. Don Bonus

USA199565 minEnglishArchive PresentationDocumentary

Cambodian-born Sokly “Don Bonus” Ny takes a Hi8 camcorder into his final year of high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, documenting intersecting events happening at school, at home, and amongst friends and family. Filmed and released in 1995, the film can be seen as a forerunner of the now-popular diary or vlog documentary format, featuring raw footage and voiceover from Don Bonus.

Although made in the 1990s, the beats of the film are familiar and still relevant, moving through issues of low-income housing, gang violence, academic struggle, and family fractures, while also featuring communal celebration, youthful camaraderie and intimate family life. These scenes are simultaneously casual and intentional, recontextualized and given resonance through Don Bonus’ frank, teenage monologic reflections.

A.K.A Don Bonus highlights how the stories that came before us, although constructed from their time and space, can continue to speak powerfully into our present.

– Jasmine Gui

Cast

Sokly Ny

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Berlin International Film Festival, 1996
San Francisco Film Festival, 1995
 
AWARDS
National Emmy Award, 1996
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Film Festival, 1995

Director Bio

Spencer Nakasako

Spencer Nakasako has over three decades of experience as an independent filmmaker and is the founder of the groundbreaking Media Lab at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Nakasako is a member of the Writers Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Deep dive into narrative construction with director Spencer Nakasako & filmmaker Miko Revereza! ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services.

November 17, 2020 at 6:30PM

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Sahar Te – KHAREEJ No. 3

Catch Sahar Te's KHAREEJ No. 3 this year at the festival, featuring a mixed media sound and text digital installation, and an artist talk.

1 Nov. 12:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
Film Frenzy

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.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Features
The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

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12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Labyrinth of Cinema
海辺の映画館 キネマの玉手箱

Japan2019179 minJapanese with English subtitlesClosed Captions, Drama, Fantasy

Rated 18A
CW: war, sex, physical violence (beatings, executions), sexual violence (rape), attempted suicide

In the port town of Onomichi, Japan, the only movie theatre is bidding goodbye to its local audiences. The owners organize a nightlong screening devoted to historical Japanese war films. Noriko, a teenager who regularly helps in the theatre, walks toward the stage and astonishes the audience as suddenly, she mystically projects herself into an old musical. Film buff Mario, film-history nerd Hosuke, and aspiring yakuza Shigeru are also warped into the cinema screen in sequences that represent the second Sino-Japanese War, Boshin War and Hiroshima bombing. The four embark on an immersive, surreal and vicious cycle of damnation and salvation in the face of war's savagery.

Nobuhiko Obayashi's swan song Labyrinth of Cinema dives into the senselessness of wars, wrapped in cinematic oddities. His abstracted reconstruction of Japan’s darkest events points out that movies, though a fabrication of reality, epitomize suffering as universal truth.

– Rolando Basmayor

Cast

Rei Yoshida
Yoshihiko Hosoda
Hirona Yamazaki
Riko Narumi

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Tokyo International Film Festival, 2019
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2020
Fantasia International Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Nobuhiko Obayashi 大林 宣彦

Nobuhiko Obayashi (9 January 1938 – 10 April 2020) was a Japanese director, screenwriter, and editor of films and television advertisements. He began his filmmaking career as a pioneer of Japanese experimental films before transitioning to directing more mainstream media, and his resulting filmography as a director spanned almost 60 years

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Live online discussion with special guests

Unpack the layers of this film with our special guests Rob Buscher of Philly Asian American Film Festival and Daisuke Miyao of University of California San Diego. ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services. Ticket holders can watch on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

November 18, 2020 at 6:30PM

Rob Buscher
Board Chair of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Rob Buscher is a film and media specialist, educator, arts administrator, and published author who has worked in non profit arts organizations for over a decade. Buscherʼs expertise is Japanese and Asian American & Pacific Islander Cinema although he has worked as a  professional film programmer, critic, and lecturer across a variety of fields.  He currently lectures at University of  Pennsylvania, and is a contributing writer at Pacific Citizen and Broad Street Review. Buscher also serves as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of civil rights group  Japanese American Citizens League and chairs the editorial board of Pacific Citizen, the organization’s national newspaper.

Daisuke Miyao
Professor in Department of Literature, University of California at San Diego

Considering cinema to be a transnational cultural form from the beginning of its history and simultaneously to be a national entity, formed by specific discourses on nationalism and modernization, Daisuke Miyao has been conducting research on film history. His interdisciplinary training in cinema studies, East Asian studies, and American studies, combined with his bicultural background, living and studying both in Japanese and North American academia, made it possible for him to recognize that the study of film could benefit from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. 

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Howie Tsui – GIF Roulette

Catch Howie Tsui's GIF Roulette this year at the festival, featuring a grid of GIFs in a digital installation, and an artist talk.

1 Nov. 12:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
In Relation

In a world that feels ever so divisive, these three documentaries take a closer look at what it means to create new pathways for community mobilizing, recognize shortcomings of identity markers, and acknowledge the solidarity work that remains undone.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
Film Frenzy

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.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Goodbye Mother
Thưa mẹ con đi

Vietnam2019105 minVietnamese with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereDrama, Family, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers

Son of a prominent family in Vietnam, Van returns from America for the first time in nine years with his partner, Ian. Coming back to a community with expectations of patriarchy and legacy, Van tries to find the right moment to tell his mother, Mrs. Hanh, about his love for Ian. With the heir unable to bear children, the family fights over their inheritance, surmounting to a violent reveal of truths. Everybody has a secret. An intricately assembled ensemble, Goodbye Mother is a queer story and more.

Director Trinh Dinh Le Minh portrays characters with dignity in this uplifting story, providing positive resolution to otherwise challenging conversations within the Asian family dynamic. Paired with colour palettes that lends itself to the beautiful scenery of Vietnam, the portrayal of queer lovers making plans for the future provides an enriched leading story that normalizes queer Asian narratives in cinema.

– Bertha Lee

Cast

Hong Dao
Lanh Thanh
Vo Dien Gia Huy

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Busan International Film Festival, 2019
Hawai’i International Film Festival, 2019
&PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Trinh Dinh Le Minh

Trinh Dinh Le Minh is an emerging director from Vietnam. His narrative short The Scent of Fish Sauce has travelled to film festivals including Palm Springs International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. He is also an alumni of Berlinale Talents and Talents Tokyo.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

14A
CW: Mild violence against queer person, Gay slur

Live online Q&A with director & writer Trinh Dinh Le Minh

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 9PM

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Canadian Spotlight

The 2020 Canadian Spotlight features not one but three Canadian media artists who work at the intersections of experiential, experimental moving image and narrative.

1 Nov. - 19 Nov.

Features
Moving On

Broke and evicted from their basement apartment in Seoul, teenager Okju, her little brother Dongju, and their divorced father must move in with their ailing grandfather at the city’s outskirts. Soon joined by an aunt reeling from her own failed marriage, they spend the summer getting reacquainted with each other as an ad hoc multigenerational family unit, which was the norm just a generation ago.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Reel Ideas
Stories At Work: Unsung Voices

This fireside chat gathers together filmmaker mentors from Reel Asian’s 2020 Unsung Voices incubator to discuss what the building blocks of a good narrative are. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

14 Nov. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Rifle and a Bag

India, Italy, Qatar, Romania202089 minGondiya, Madiya, Hindi with English subtitlesNorth American PremiereDocumentary, Family, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Somi and her husband met and fell in love while fighting alongside fellow Naxalites, a communist rebel group fighting for the rights of tribal communities in India for the past 50 years. Although the group represents a quarter of the population and lives in extreme poverty, Naxalites are seen as the biggest threat to national security for the State of India.

After a decade of armed struggle, Somi and her husband choose to surrender under the government’s Surrender Policy and begin the draining bureaucratic process of integrating into a hostile and unwelcoming Indian society. Through thoughtfully executed vignettes and with intimate access to Somi and her family, directors Arya Rothe, Cristina Hanes, and Isabella Rinaldi of the NoCut Film Collective construct a moving verité portrait of an ex-Naxalite family seeking a future for their children while being held hostage to the whims of a rigid and unforgiving contemporary Indian State.

– Mariam Zaidi

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
International Film Festival of Rotterdam, 2020
Visions du Réel, 2020
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2020
One World Romania, 2020
Durban International Film Festival, 2020

AWARDS
Special Jury Mention, International Film Festival of Rotterdam, 2020

Director Bio

Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe, & Isabella Rinaldi

NoCut Film Collective was co-founded in 2016 by independent filmmakers Cristina Hanes (Romania), Arya Rothe (India), and Isabella Rinaldi (Italy) after studying together at DocNomads’ Master Course in Documentary Directing. NoCut Film’s first production is the creative documentary, A Rifle and A Bag (2020), directed and produced by the three co-founders.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

14A

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November 16, 2020 AT 11:00AM

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1 Nov. - 19 Nov.

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Oliver Husain – Lenticular Lencture

Catch Oliver Husain's Lenticular Lecture this year at the festival, featuring a digital installation of "French Exit" and an artist talk.

1 Nov. 12:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

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Resurgence

Abundant with hope, desire, and resiliency, all six of these films make a statement to queer histories, presents, and futures—in front of and behind the screen.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Dust and Ashes
축복의 집

South Korea201978 minKorean with English SubtitlesNorth American PremiereDrama, Open Captions, 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

Director Bio

Park Hee-kwon

Park Hee-kwon has been a screenwriter for various comedy and disaster genre works such as Manners In Battle and The Flu. In 2011, his short film Neighbors criticized the high suicide rate in South Korea. Dust and Ashes is his feature-film debut.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

14A
CW: Death or dying, Suicide

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Film Frenzy

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.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Reel Ideas
Digital Strategies In Evolving Times

This panel considers how digital tools have been mobilized through varying methods to adapt, respond and address changing socio-cultural contexts, and engage with communities. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

17 Nov. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Features
I Do My Work

Students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music gather for the start of the school day. They laugh, practice, and take tests while preparing for a concert celebrating 100 years of Afghanistan's independence. Ranging from five-year-olds to young adults, some are middle-class kids and others are orphans, and they come from Afghanistan's many ethnic groups.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Moving On
남매의 여름밤

South Korea2019105 minKorean with English SubtitlesOntario PremiereDrama, Family, Women Filmmakers

Broke and evicted from their basement apartment in Seoul, teenager Okju, her little brother Dongju, and their divorced father must move in with their ailing grandfather at the city’s outskirts. Soon joined by an aunt reeling from her own failed marriage, they spend the summer getting reacquainted with each other as an ad hoc multigenerational family unit, which was the norm just a generation ago.

Told through beautifully sun-soaked summertime moments, Moving On is a wistful, nostalgic, and sometimes painful look at growing up and growing old through the adolescent eyes of Okju. These nuanced observations about family will call to mind the films of Ozu or Yang (and is the utmost compliment). However, first-time feature director Yoon Dan-bi assuredly tells a semi autobiographical story with a sincere flair that will resonate with the trials of life that every family must face.

– Aram Siu Wai Collier

Cast

Choi Jung-un
Yang Heung-joo
Park Seung-joon

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Busan International Film Festival, 2019
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2020
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2020

AWARDS
Busan International Film Festival NETPAC Award, 2019
Directors Guild of Korea, 2019
Bright Future Award, IFFR 2020

Director Bio

Yoon Dan-bi 윤단비

Yoon Dan-bi’s short film Fireworks hit domestic festivals such as Daegu Independent Short Film Festival and Seoul Youth Film Festival in 2015. After entering Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Contents in 2017, she directed her feature film debut Moving On.

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!

BUY TICKET

Rating

PG

Sponsor

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Features
Dust and Ashes

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.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Special Presentation
Down a Dark Stairwell: Special Screening and Live Panel

Down a Dark Stairwell takes a nuanced and careful look at the events following the 2014 case where Akai Gurley was shot and killed in the stairwell of an apartment building by Chinese-American NYPD officer Peter Liang. This opening night presentation is followed by a panel discussion with ASL support and accompanied by an active listening service. Available only in Ontario for a limited time

12 Nov. 7:00 pm - 13 Nov. 7:00 pm

Reel Ideas
Words and Worlds: Mapping Digital Language

This conversation invites emerging thinkers, artists and community cultural workers to consider digital futures for those without access to the city arts landscape, and by extension, digital opportunities. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

19 Nov. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Greatest Country in the World
Le Meilleur Pays Du Monde

Canada2019112 minFrench, Vietnamese with English SubtitlesDrama, Family

A right-wing government controls Quebec, closing its borders and pushing immigrants to leave. Widower Hiên lives a meager life running a dépanneur. Enticed by his daughter Phuong’s move to Vietnam, Hiên makes arrangements to leave everything behind. But when a neighbourhood boy is left under the temporary care of Phuong’s aimless Quebecois boyfriend, Hiên is driven to solve the mystery of the boy’s missing mother.

Veteran Quebec actor Nguyên Thành Tri gives an intense performance as Hiên, a stoic ex-soldier with a deep history in conflict and post-war trauma, whose eyes have seen things many of us would never understand. Inspired by watching his refugee parents during the 1995 Quebec referendum, writer/director Ky Nam Le Duc’s film is framed by the Vietnamese refugee experience, where this not-so-alternate universe reveals desperate people in no-win situations whose only choice is to try to make the best of their newfound chaos.

– Aram Siu Wai Collier

Cast

Nguyên Thành Tri
Mickaël Gouin
Junior Jean-Baptiste
Alice Tran

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Festival du Nouveau Cinema, 2020
Gimli Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Ky Nam Le Duc

Ky Nam Le Duc studied film at UQAM and has directed a number of short films. His film, Oscillations (2017), premiered at Festival du Nouveau Cinema. He is a member of Les Films de l’Autre. The Greatest Country in the World (2019) is his latest feature film.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Rating

PG

Live online Q&A with director Ky Nam Le Duc

ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services. Ticket holders can watch on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

November 14, 2020 at 4:30PM

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14 Nov. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Features
Dust and Ashes

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12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

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Words and Worlds: Mapping Digital Language

This conversation invites emerging thinkers, artists and community cultural workers to consider digital futures for those without access to the city arts landscape, and by extension, digital opportunities. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

19 Nov. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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