Now that TIFF is done it is time to get ready for another great festival in the city. The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), presented by National Bank, is celebrating its 17th year from November 5 to 16, 2013 with an exciting expansion to include films from across South Asia! To whet your appetite the festival has provided a sneak peek at four selections that will be included in this year’s festival:
Farah Goes Bang
Meera Menon | USA 2013 | 93:00 | International Premiere |
Farah is a 20-year old fun-loving, Bush-hating, Iranian-American virgin. With her two besties, she sets off to campaign for former US presidential candidate John Kerry and get laid in this fresh take on young American feminism. Winner of the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for Best Female Film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival
Cary McClelland and Imran Babur | USA/Pakistan 2013 | 90:00 | Canadian Premiere |
“What is the meaning of Pakistan?” cricket star-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan asks the crowd at a political rally. This sprawling documentary follows six very different Pakistanis trying to define their dynamic but misunderstood country. Winner of the Best Documentary and Grand Chameleon (Best Overall Film) awards at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival.
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Ramona Diaz | USA 2012 | 113:00 | Canadian Premiere |
When American band Journey went in search of a new lead singer, they happened upon YouTube clips of a Filipino singer with a voice of gold, belting out cover tunes in an obscure Manila bar. A modern day rags-to-riches tale.
Evangelion 3.0: You Can(not) Redo
Hideaki Anno | Japan 2013 | 106:00 | Canadian Premiere |
The long-anticipated third installment of Hideaki Anno’s epic anime saga begins with Shinji returning to earth 14 years of hibernation, only to discover a new world order and a home he barely knows. Earth lies in ruins and those he once fought valiantly to protect have cruelly turned against him. Based on the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion that has generated over $2 billion dollars in revenue, the series has risen to god-like cult status in the anime community.
Full programming will be announced at the festival press conference on October 8, 2013. Tickets on sale through reelasian.com on October 8, 6:00 pm.