29th Slamdance Film Festival – Asian Presence 2023

We present the Asian films that will be screened at the Slamdance Film Festival (USA) which will take place from January 20 – 26, 2023.

– Feature Films –

Mad Cats by Reiki Tsuno – Japan

Taka, a shiftless young man, sets off on a quest to find his brother Mune. Teaming up with a quirky new friend and an edgy, mysterious young girl along the way, Taka finds himself taking on a pack of vicious monster cats determined to execute unscrupulous pet shop owners.

New Religion by Keishi Kondo – Japan

Miyabi lost her only daughter in an accident. One day, she meets a strange man. The man demands that she let him take a picture of her spine.

Onlookers by Kimi Takesue – United States, Laos

ONLOOKERS offers a visually striking, immersive meditation on travel and tourism in Laos, reflecting on how we all live as observers. Traversing the country’s dusty roads and tranquil rivers, we watch as elaborate painterly tableaus unfold, revealing the whimsical and at times disruptive interweaving of locals and foreigners in rest and play.

Stars in the Ordinary Universe by Bowon Kim – South Korea

Three stories from three different earths in the multiverse…

The Underbug by Shujaat Saudagar – India

As India is ravaged by sectarian violence on the eve of its Independence Day, two rioters take refuge in an abandoned house. An eerie presence in the house, however, haunts the men to the edge of sanity.

What is the Lie? by Quark Henares – Philippines

Hopeless romantic Janzen Torres finds another chance at love when she matches with the handsome and seemingly perfect Theo Balmaceda on a dating app. Unfortunately, on the day of their meet-up, Theo ghosts her, leading Janzen into an intricate web of deceit, lies, and catfishing led by sociopathic mastermind Beanie Landridos.

– Short Films –

Red Threads (我很爱你) by Yuchi Ma – China, United States

Red Threads (我很爱你)is a single-channel video that navigates the simultaneous existence of filial love and filial guilt within the experience of a Chinese Parachute Kid, utilizing a combination of live-action cinema, Sims 4 Machinima, Browser / Webcam aesthetic as well as lots of sewing, redness, and thread!

Silver Cave by Caibei Cai – (China)

Hunting an animal, taking a picture, watching a video – these three are all about capture: to find, to chase, to catch.

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