Reel Asian Co-presentation: Hungry Heart

Reel Asian Film Festival 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, we are very proud to be co-presenting a program of short films at the Reel Asian Film Festival. This programme, entitled Hungry Heart, is playing Wednesday November 11th at 6:45pm at AGO Jackman Hall. Here are some details about the films in the lineup:

Still from L'Envoi


Director: Hajime Kimura | France 2014 | 4:20

“In its cage, the bird dreams of clouds.”

This film by Japanese director Hajime Kimura is composed of 2400 images, created one by one with a digital brush.

Still from Quyen


Director: Lucretia Stinnette | USA/South Korea 2014 | 17:00
| Korean and Vietnamese with English subtitles

After the first week of her arranged marriage in a foreign land, Quyen must decide how the next chapter in her life will be written.

Still from Sun


Director: Eui Yong Zong | Canada 2015 | 11:00 | Korean with English subtitles

Sun works at a hair salon at the mercy of the salon owner. One day, she finds out the man she has been secretly in love with is going back to Korea for military service.

Still from Man on the Chair

Man on the Chair

Director: Dahee Jeong | France 2014 | 6:55 | Korean with English subtitles

Evocative and humourous, Man on the Chair is an exquisitely rendered rumination on existence.

Still from Bound


Director: Philip K. Liao | USA 2015 | 11:30 | Taiwanese with English subtitles

In rural Taiwan, a man comes to terms with Confucian filial piety as he and his father work on an orchard, grafting the scion of a Japanese pear tree to the stock of a Taiwanese pear tree.

Still from Three Brothers

Three Brothers

Director: Aleem Khan | UK 2014 | 16:30 | English

Hamid struggles to care for his younger brothers when their father abandons them for Pakistan. A story inspired by true events.

Still from This Home is Not Empty

This Home is Not Empty

Director: Carol Nguyen | Canada 2015 | 3:30

The camera wanders through a miniature house that has been painstakingly constructed out of white paper; the family is absent, questions linger.

Tickets are just $12 and are available online or at the door.

We’re also sponsoring two other shorts screenings at Reel Asian this year, both at AGO Jackman Hall:

October 2015 Audience Award Winner

Still from Myrna the Monster

Thanks to everyone who attended last night, and congratulations to Ian Samuels, whose Myrna the Monster took home the Audience Award prize!

  1. Myrna the Monster – 8 votes
  2. Somewhere Down the Line – 4 votes
  3. An der Tür (At the Door) – 4 votes
  4. O Negative – 2 votes

(18 votes total)

If you missed out, we’ll be having an Encore screening on Thursday November 19th at 7pm at The Ossington. Tickets will be $5 (cash only) at the door. We’ll be kicking off our FIFTH great season in January 2016. More news here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Full Program for October 8 Screening

My favourite season is here! It may not be shorts weather anymore but we’re still celebrating short film. We’re wrapping up our fourth great season of Shorts That Are Not Pants and we hope you’ll join us!

Thursday October 8 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Still from Force of Habits


Dir: Lu Davidson
New Zealand – 2014

A short film to show how simple new habits can have a positive effect on Climate Change – a daunting and intimidating issue.

Duration: 4:00

Still from O Negative


Dir: Steven McCarthy
Canada – 2015

A young woman and the man who cares for her race to find shelter in a roadside motel so they can feed her addiction, in this intriguing, wordless story about desire and dependency.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 14:00

Still from Awakenings


Dir: Bhargav Saikia
India – 2015

The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities.

Duration: 13:00

Still from X


Dir: Max Hattler
UK – 2012

The unknown X becomes a whole symphony of shapes… In a kinetic energetic otherworld where everything is by itself yet can intersect with each other, cross-action seems the best way to solve an unknown equation.

  • Staff Pick – Vimeo

Duration: 6:00

Still from Myrna the Monster


Dir: Ian Samuels
USA – 2014

A heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles just like any other 20-something.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 14:30

Still from At the Door


Dir: Miriam Bliese
Germany – 2013

The most painful thing about a separation is the fact that you remain so close to each other.

  • Official Selection – Palm Springs International Shortsfest

Duration: 5:00

Still from Two Seas


Dir: Orlando Cubitt
UK – 2014

Denied the future she dreams of, a teenage girl runs away to sea.

  • Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival

Duration: 15:00

Still from Somewhere Down the Line


Dir: Julien Regnard
Ireland – 2014

A man’s life, loves and losses are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.

  • Winner (Best Animation) – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Winner (Best Animation) – Irish Film and Television Awards
  • Official Selection – Sarasota Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Galway Film Fleadh

Duration: 10:00

Join us as we wrap up our 2015 season! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) $10, and door tickets are just $12. And why not bring a friend? :)