French director Thomas Balmès’ “Happiness” opens the festival; the director will be in attendance. This French/Bhutan documentary premiered at Sundance and won the documentary world cinema cinematography award.
Other than the two mentioned above, here are a few movies that, well, look cool. I have seen none of them:
Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z’s “Ice Poison” is Taiwan’s official entry for the 87th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film. And yes, “ice poison” is crystal meth. (Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m.)
Filipino American filmmaker Esy Casey’s “Jeepney” is a documentary about the Philippines most popular form of mass transportation: the vividly decorated ex-WWII military jeep. (Nov. 15, 1 p.m.)
Asian American director Meera Menon’s indie road trip comedy “Farah Goes Bang” won the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s about Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her virginity while on the road campaigning for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. (Seriously, Farah, it’s a political campaign. This really shouldn’t be too tough.)
As for tickets, an all-access Festival Badge is $80, an all-film pass is $55, individual movie ticket are $12 and student tickets are $8.