Cinetopia Film Festival 2018

Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10

Films/events by day

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Friday, June 8
7:30 p.m.
The Guilty

9:45 p.m.
Night Is Short,
Walk On Girl

Saturday, June 9
4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Touring Program

7:00 p.m.
Of Love and Law

9:30 p.m.
Surprise Screening

Sunday, June 10
2:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
Hearts Beat Loud

Films / Events in alpha order

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Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program – Saturday, June 09 at 4:00 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. This program features 7 notable short films from the 56th edition, held in March 2018.
USA, Japan, India, Germany, China, Poland, Australia | 75 min | Various genres | Various | Not Rated

The Guilty – Friday, June 08 at 7:30 p.m.
When police officer Asger Holm (JAKOB CEDERGREN) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Winner of the Audience Award – World Cinema Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival.
Denmark | 85 min | Thriller | Danish with English subtitles | Not Rated

Hal – Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed classics throughout the 1970s—Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Coming Home, Being There—he’s often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott’s exuberant portrait—drawn from rare archival materials, interviews, letters, and audio recordings—explores that oversight, revealing a passionate, obsessive artist. Having hitchhiked to LA, Ashby landed in the editing room, where a chance encounter with Norman Jewison brought his big break (and a lifelong friendship). Ashby’s subsequent films were guided by compassion and deep engagement with social justice, class, and race. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood. His uncompromising nature pitted him against studio meddling, particularly in the 1980s, when a string of flops tarnished his legacy, but Scott conjures the special quality Ashby’s films possess—a blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity.
USA | Documentary | Not Rated | 90 min | English

Hearts Beat Loud – Sunday, June 10 at 4:30 p.m
In the newest film from Brett Haley (whose film The Hero opened Cinetopia 2017), single dad Frank (NICK OFFERMAN) prepares to send hardworking daughter Sam (KIERSEY CLEMONS) off to UCLA pre-med. He also reluctantly has to accept that his own record-store business is failing. Hoping to stay connected with Sam through their shared love of music, he urges her to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into an actual band. Channeling Sam’s resistance into a band name, they unexpectedly find We’re Not a Band’s first song turning into a minor Spotify hit, and they use their songwriting efforts to work through their feelings about the life changes each of them faces. Also stars TED DANSON, SASHA LANE, BLYTHE DANNER, and TONI COLLETTE.
USA | Comedy, drama | PG-13 | 97 min | English

Night is Short, Walk on Girl  – Friday, June 8 at 9:45 p.m.
Night is Short, Walk on Girl takes place over the course of one strange and alcohol-drenched night, as a young woman known only as The Girl With Black Hair drinks her way through Kyoto. Along the way she encounters a panoply of odd and fantastical characters, all the while criss-crossing paths with senior student Senpai, who creates increasingly contrived reasons to run into her in an effort to win her heart. Winner of the Grand Prize at Ottawa Animation Festival, Night is Short, Walk on Girl is an “I guess it’s romantic?” comedy for the modern age, and a celebration of the unconventional, confusing routes that love and life can take.
Japan | 52 min | Anime, comedy | Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated

Of Love and Law – Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.
SPECIAL PREVIEW Fumi and Kazu are partners in love and law; they run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. As lawyers driven by their own experience of being outsiders, they attract a range of clients who reveal the hidden diversity of a country that prides itself for collective obedience, politeness and conformity. Tired of being silenced and made to feel invisible, the lawyers and their misfit clients expose and challenge the archaic status quo that deems them second-class citizens.
Japan | 94 min |Documentary |Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated

SECRETOPIA – Saturday, June 9 at 9:30 p.m.
Shhhhh…it’s a secret! Wondering why there are some empty time slots in the programming schedule? Those spaces are open for last-minute film surprises! Check back during the festival to find out what film will be featured. We will drop a hint though… two of the film‘s leads are a 2018 Best Actor Oscar nominee and the actress who was featured in a locally-filmed 2014 horror hit. Can you guess?
USA | 107 min | Coming of age, drama | English | R

The GuiltyDescription under “G” above