Opening film at Interrobang Film Festival June 22-24, 2012

Twelve Angry Men meets Silkwood in a suspenseful feature inspired by true stories, starring Lucie Arnaz (The Jazz Singer) and Elisabeth Moss (Girl Interrupted, Madmen). 

A young man testifies against his mother for killing the father  with secondhand smoke. Inspired by  documented cases, “Smoking Non Smoking” weaves together the jury’s cinema verite style deliberation, provocative courtroom testimony, flashbacks and the family’s intimate home movies.

An ambitious Assistant District Attorney (Carlos Leon, "The Big Lebowski," "The Woodsman" ) prosecutes a wife and mother (Lucie Arnaz) for murder after her forty-seven year-old husband  dies of lung cancer.  Their twenty-four year-old son  decides to testify against her. At first, this appears to be a ridiculous case, but one juror’s doubts force the jury into an intriguing, emotional and complicated choice regarding addiction, loyalty and individual responsibility.

GENRE: Courtroom  / DIRECTOR: Alyssa Rallo Bennett / 84 minutes / English / WITH: Lucie Arnaz, Elisabeth Moss, Carlos Leon

Cabin Fever is an intense, powerful look at a family that comes together for Christmas… and the secrets that tear them apart. An estranged family reunites in an isolated cabin, bringing along new in-laws, problematic children, and a lifetime of old wounds.  The cabin’s cramped quarters and the pressure to keep up appearances soon prove too much. The facade begins to disintegrate -- with devastating results.

GENRE: drama /  DIRECTOR: Mona J. Hoel / 97 minutes / Norwegian with English subtitles

On a summer evening, four strangers are brought together by a mysterious murder A case which at first seems like a regular crime ivestigation turns out to be much more: a tale of love, alienation and new hope, reflecting a society in the midst of transforming. The film is giving international audiences a ew, stylish perspective on the Baltics where people in their bold new clothes and luxury cars are trying to imitate Western life but are still trapped in corruption, greed and abuse of women.

GENRE: crime thriller /  DIRECTOR: Ilmar Taska / 90 minutes / Estonian with English subtitles

Winner of innumerable film festivals, CHAIN LINK has been a consistent audience favorite. Chain Link offers a unique look at American society, offering a sensitive, thoughtful portrayal of a man who keeps making the wrong choice to the detriment of everything he holds dear. It is a film that offers us man that lives on the edge of stability, a man who will violently fight  to regain the things we too often take for granted.  Chain Link shows us the underside of the American Dream, a world where all people have is the hope that things will get better. With gripping performances and complex characters, Chain Link engrosses from the first frame to that final, shocking scene.

GENRE: drama /  DIRECTOR: Dylan Reynolds / 97 minutes / English

Driven by love, Resnik (WWF Champion Scott  ‘Raven’  Levy) was imprisoned for butchering a man and kidnapping a young girl, Kelly (Kym Jackson, Criminal Minds).  For the safety of his fellow inmates, Resnik was only allowed to wake, eat and exercise alone, after dark. He learned to like it.  Having escaped during a midnight transfer, Resnik heads back to Moonlight Bay, and Detective Raynor (Bruce Hopkins, Lord of the Rings) has only 12 hours before the sun goes down, and the carnage begins, again...

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GENRE: horror /  DIRECTOR: Dru Brown / 87 minutes / English

A story of passion, love, and murder spanning the cultural Revolution to the present day. Mark, a New York psychologist, suffers from nightmares. Driven by the horrifying images he visits an old mansion in Shanghai. The mansion reveals new layers of a family mystery and a horrifying act that took place there long ago.  Mark’s hallucinations focus on a strange symbol and lead him to a plastic surgeon called the Master of Illusion. At the same time, Old Charlie, a detective haunted by the decades old murder, hopes Mark’s visions will lead him to the missing body.

Mark’s fiancée, a biology professor, discovers a gene that has an extraordinary effect on artists, designers and plastic surgeons, transporting them to another realm. Gradually the connections among the symbol, the mansion, and the rare gene are revealed. But Mark’s life slowly falls apart as his obsession with discovering meanings reveals the shocking family secret and brutal crime.

GENRE: Thriller, LGBT, Paranormal /  DIRECTOR: Qian Jiayu / 90 minutes / Mandarin

An inspector (Renee O’Connor, Xena: Warrior Princess) for the Historic Trust visits an abandoned ship on a desolate waterfront. Moments after her arrival, her car is destroyed and her life is about to change forever.In the chaos that follows, she meets up with the odd, self-appointed caretaker (Larry Joe Campbell, Wedding Crashers, Hall Pass) of the ship. Without any particular option, she takes him up on his offer to spend the night.  Indeed, her life will never be the same.

GENRE: Supernatural Thriller /  DIRECTOR: Richard Brauer / 94 minutes / English

 

Kid, by his own account "the best pilot in the universe," travels around space as he pleases. His spaceship has had a special upgrade: using a "power crystal," a material unknown to the people of Earth, it can now go into warp drive. Somewhere in the Universe in the direction of the North Star, 2.215349331 billion light years from the Earth, during Kid’s test flight, the warp drive fails mysteriously and he has to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. He meets seal-like aliens and an ancient scientist, discovering the dangerous project in the works on this planet… .

GENRE: anime /  DIRECTOR: Chihiro Matsumoto / 49 minutes / Japanese


Azerbaijan's Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film.

THE PRECINT is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone and Angel Heart. Set in two of the most exotic cities in the world: Baku and Gobustan, the film is laden with symbolic mysticism. Garib, a playboy photographer, and his fiancee, Sabina, are injured in a car accident and brought to a creepy police station to endure a bizarre interrogation focused on their personal lives and romantic indiscretions. With the strange, dark setting and cryptic discourse, it's obvious the couple is trapped in some enclosed netherworld, a purgatory with a door opening up to Garib's childhood, masterfully portrayed by Timur Odushev who won the 32nd Annual Young Artist Award with his performance.

The movie has been an official selection at 26 film festivals and won 9 awards, including the "Golden Eye" 2010 and the 2011 California Film Awards.

"The cinematography of remote sections of Azerbaijan is haunting, and the eerie musical score by Andrey Doynikov is another asset." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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GENRE: Psychological Thriller / DIRECTOR: Ilgar Safat / 116 minutes / 35 mm / Azeri and Russian with English Subtitles

 

Daring to tackle the abortion issue head-on, this topical film deals with the notoriety surrounding RU-486 - the controversial abortion pill.  

RU-486 – The Last Option grips you from the beginning and never lets go.

A young woman of Indian descent she has five days to make the most important decision about the future of her life and the life she carries. What will she decide?

GENRE: drama /  DIRECTOR: Irene Maffei / 89 minutes

Sometimes You Are Not Alone In An Empty Building. A Chilling Paranormal Thriller In The Tradition of The Shining.

Julia and Alexander take a job in an isolated school where an evil spiritual presence influences their eccentric teacher into violence, while the kids see horrific forebodings from the past and future. The teacher, Mr. Zenidro, is underway in a history project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of sleep deprivation, isolation and frequent visits by the ghosts of former teachers and students. After being convinced by a teacher's ghost to "correct" Julia, Mr. Zenidro, goes completely insane. The genuinely atmospheric movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.

GENRE: Paranormal /  DIRECTOR: Wes Tomasz Ciesla / 96 minutes / English