Fresh from Toronto, Berlin, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are premieres of works by the world’s best directors.
Erik Matti / Masters / Philippines / 2015 / Drama, Thriller / 115 minsEdgar is a family man, living well off with his wife and daughter. But when a secret regarding their finances is exposed, their lives are put in jeopardy by the very friends they have come to trust. With John Lloyd Cruz as Edgar and direction by Erik Matti, HONOR THY FATHER features uncompromising grit and drama that surrounds every corner with claustrophobic tension.
Hong Sang-soo / Masters / South Korea / 2015 / Comedy, Experimental / 121 minsAs in many a Hong Sang-soo film, a director meets a pretty young artist. There are drinks, unseemly interactions, and inevitably more drinks. But in its depiction, once again a marvel of cinematic structure, the narrative fissures into any number of other possibilities, revealing a comical game of what-ifs and switched perspectives as delirious and puzzling as the romantic encounter itself.
Ryosuke Hashiguchi / Masters / Japan / 2015 / Drama, Romance / 140 minsA bridge-repairer quietly goes on with life after the senseless murder of his wife. A gay lawyer holds a secret love close to his heart. A housewife dreams of a life large enough to contain her sense of self-worth. Together, the quests depict love as lingering fevers resistant to diagnosis and immune to easy remedy. This is drama at its most adult: uncompromising, hardened, and immensely felt.