Hello Cinequest! Yes, it’s already that time of year again. Last year, we here at The Daily Quirk covered the San Jose film festival and we’re back for its 25th anniversary taking place February 24 – March 8. In these two weeks, the city of San Jose will be debuting numerous films and awarding game-changing innovators and creators in the industry. This year’s theme is “The Power of Creating” which resonates deeply with the mission behind Cinequest.
Aside from the numerous events movie lovers and innovators alike can enjoy, the flicks chosen for this film festival will have you wanting to plan out your schedule accordingly. Bay Area locals will be happy to know the opening night film is based off the worldwide phenomenon of batkid in Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. Plus, with the added experience of the Barco Escape Films (It’s three movie screens instead of just one!) and multiple Maverick Award Winner conversations in the mix, what can’t you get out of Cinequest?
As we prep for our full coverage, here are a five movies we think you should be looking forward to watch!
Aspie Seeks Love
At the age of 41, David Matthews was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Now, we follow his story as he attempts to become a published poet and tries to look for what everyone else is always looking for. Love. However, he goes about it in a quirky way by posting personal ads on telephone posts with humorous poems and personal information which he’s been doing for over twenty years. Can’t blame a guy for trying, right?
Miss India America
A comedy starring Tiya Sricar (The Internship) and FOX’s New Girl Hannah Simone gives us a look into the life behind an Indian-American beauty pageant. Lily (Tiya Sricar) is aiming to win her boyfriend back but of course, there’s no easy way to do that. Instead, she believes if she’s crowned the new “Miss India America” title, she’ll somehow win him back. She has a run for her money when Sonia (Hannah Simone) competes against her. Of course, hilarity ensues.
Wax: We are the X
The program described this as the first “selfie” film which brings technology to a whole new level. When three adults get into an accident, a puzzling video arises that documented the lives of the victims one week prior. Director Lorenzo Corvino’s film aims to “capture the spirit and frustrations of Generation X, the post baby boomers who inherited the economic crisis of the prior generation and who now struggle to compete with the increasingly tech-savvy younger generations.“
There will be No Stay
Capital punishment is something everyone talks about now and then. It’s easy to sentence someone to death but actually being the one to end another person’s life? That’s different. There Will Be No Stay goes behind the scenes and documents firsthand accounts of men who are given the job to become an executioner.
House on Pine Street
Jennifer Brangan moves back to her hometown all while being seven months pregnant and recovering from a mental breakdown. Her new home probably seemed fine at the moment but this is a thriller, you guys. Furniture starts to move and apparitions seem to be randomly occurring. However, Jennifer is the only one who seems to be witnessing this. As she gets closer to motherhood, she comes to a possible conclusion that this just may be all in her own head.
The festival comes to an end with the premiere of writer/director Victor Levin’s comedy film 5 to 7 starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) at the California Theatre. So many movies, so little time! Let us know if you’ll be attending and plan on seeing any of these movies listed above, and visit the Cinequest site to find out more about the festival schedule and purchasing tickets!