NETPAC Award Nominee

WE ARE STILL HERE

Conceived as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in this region, WE ARE STILL HERE is a poetic and powerful statement of resistance and survival. Through eight heroic protagonists, the film traverses 1000 years exploring stories of kinship, loss, grief and resilience. It begins with a stunning animation set in …

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PLAN 75

Chie Hayakawa’s PLAN 75, which had its world premiere at Cannes, is a beautifully humanist tale that inventively uses Japan’s aging population crisis as a conceit for a dystopian tale that looks at the value of life. Legislation has passed to fix Japan’s “aging problem;” Anyone over the age of seventy-five can apply for government-funded …

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ONE AND FOUR

Sanggye is a reclusive ranger in a Tibetan mountain forest living an increasingly hungry and alcoholic life. His isolated cabin does little to keep out the frigid winter, or the poachers and cop chasing them. The problem is, who’s who in this Quentin Tarantino-tinged (think HATEFUL EIGHT) suspense mystery. However, first-time Tibetan director Jigme Trigley …

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NEXT SOHEE

Young Sohee (Kim Si-eun) is a bubbly, tenacious vocational high-school student with a fiery temperament living in rural Korea. She is excited when she lands an externship at a major internet provider’s call center, but the prized office job turns out to be a nightmarish workplace. She is placed under immense pressure from the company …

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LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE

Leonor Reyes was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo, forced to avenge his …

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KĀINGA

KĀINGA concludes the trilogy of anthology films from New Zealand producing duo Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton (WARU, VAI) under the production support of NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission. Eight stories by eight Asian female filmmakers explore the immigrant experience of eight Asian women in Aotearoa. Writers and directors from Māori-Chinese …

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GODDAMNED ASURA

During the night of his 18th birthday, Jan-wen commits a random shooting in a crowded night market, using a self-made modified gun. Although an everyday occurrence in America, this is a once-in-a-lifetime incident that rocks Taiwan (although there was an infamous knife attack in Taipei’s subway a few years ago). We soon discover that Jan-wen …

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GAGA

Mountain mists start rolling into a village in early autumn, setting an atmosphere of idyllic, tribal life, but things ramp up with two events–an upcoming local election and the return of a granddaughter who was studying abroad, sparking a chain of events that will change this close-knit family with the desire for modernity on everyone’s …

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