Newport Beach Film Festival: International Cinema Selections
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The last date listed for Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 was Wednesday May 1, 2013 / 8:00pm (Here I Am, Here I'm Not).
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April 29, 7:15pm: *_Key of Life*_
Failed actor Sakurai, despondent and suicidal, has a chance encounter with a very prosperous man who, after a fall in a bathhouse, develops amnesia. Sakurai, seeing an opportunity, switches identities with the man, not realizing that he’s stepped into the shoes of a dangerous criminal. As he’s forced to deal with yakuza members in his new life, the former crime boss, thinking himself Sakurai, tries to live the dismal reality left to him, only to meet a woman he quickly falls for.
April 29, 7:30pm: *_A Werewolf Boy*_
After moving to a small village, young Suni encounters a bedraggled orphan boy hiding under a bush and takes him in out of pity. Called a “wolf boy” by some for his feral behavior and uncommon strength, Suni begins teaching the boy to act like a civilized person. However, when Suni is threatened, the boy’s deadly beastial instincts are exposed and he quickly becomes the subject of the villagers’ fears.
April 30, 7:30pm: *_Fly Me to the Moon (Un Plan Parfait)*_
A successful woman in love tries to break the family curse of every first marriage ending in divorce by dashing to the altar with a random stranger before marrying her boyfriend.
April 30, 7:45pm: *_The Hypnotist*_
After a murderer viciously attacks a family, the critically injured young son is the only person found at the scene of the crime. In order to save the only other survivor and find out who murdered the family, a psychiatrist with a questionable history of hypnosis is brought in to question the boy. When he finally allows himself to be persuaded to give up his vow to never use hypnosis again, an inexplicable series of violent events begins to impact his life and his family.
April 30, 8:00pm: *_Immature – The Trip (Immaturi – il Viaggio)*_
This follow-up to the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival Italian Spotlight once again follows the group of thirty-somethings on a vacation to Greece for a chance to relax and reconnect. As the former high school friends quickly find themselves tempted by secrets, tequila, and ex-girlfriends it becomes clear they’ve arrived with more baggage than they thought.
May 1, 7:45pm: *_Tropicalia*_
Set against the turbulent atmosphere of the 1960s, Tropicalia is a feature length documentary exploring the Brazilian artistic movement known as tropicalia, and the struggle its artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought against the traditional Brazilian music of that time.
May 1, 8:00pm: *_Here I Am, Here I’m Not (Aqui Estoy, Aqui No)*_
After a near-death car accident, a freelance journalist develops a phobia of speed and a serious case of PTSD. In an attempt to forget his trauma, he immerses himself in writing the unauthorized biography of an out-of-control Chilean rock queen and in the process finds love to be an effective distraction. When tragedy strikes in the midst of his writing, he obsessively begins searching for her replacement.