This year was the festival’s 20th anniversary, so it was supposed to be a good one. Looking at the movie list, I must say that they didn’t disappoint. There was a great mix of movies from all over the world, although Africa was underrepresented and Asia got a bigger representation.
Al Sur de la Frontera, al Oeste del Sol tells the story of Hajime, who meets with a childhood friend he hasn’t seen in the last 25 years. Her name is Shimamoto, and Hajime is contemplating leaving his wife and daughters to be with her.
Socrates in Love is about the tragic young love of Sakutaro and Aki, and it was, apparently, very well-received by the public in Japan because of its theme.
Ram Mehra is a very unlucky guy. He doesn’t seem to get a break when it comes to his work or his personal life, always struck with bad luck in the aspects were he needs it. In struts Karim Moussa with his silk clothes, a kingpin that deals with high end and deadly bets. He promises Ram a better life as long as he becomes a pawn of human Russian roulette.
Honokaa Boy tells the story of a boy who ends up living in the small Hawaiian city of Honokaa after he mysteriously falls in love with the place during a failed trip with his girlfriend. There, he meets a bunch of very likable yet quirky people, who end up having an impact on his life.
Ueno Juri to Itsutsu no Kaban (上野樹里と5つの鞄) is the 5-episode mini-series produced by WOWOW, in which Japanese actress Juri Ueno alongside directors Hideta Takahata, Michael Arias, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Takuma Takasaki, and Koji Hagiuda tell five different stories surrounding five different bags.
Just as its name in English states, Niu China is the album to showcase what’s new in the Chinese music world. From traditional sounding Chinese ballads to chanson francophone fused with electronic, R&B, Bossa Nova, to a Tango-ish sounding track, all the way to a mind-blowing fusion of Beijing opera with strong rock/electronic sounds.