Now in its 11th year, the Silk Screen Film Festival will bring over 30 feature films and five shorts to venues throughout the city. The lineup represents a diverse array of national cinema from places such as Hong Kong, Turkey, the Philipines, Russia and many more, and includes award-winning films from some of the world’s top festivals.
The event kicks off on September 16th at 7 p.m. with El Clasico at the Regent Square Theater. Directed by Halkawt Mustafa, the road film follows two Kurdish little people in Iraq who risk their lives to fulfill their dream of meeting their football hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
The festival will showcase numerous new releases from India. Among the selections is Cinemawala, the story of a West Bengal movie theater owner dismayed over his son’s disinterest in taking over the family business, as well as the ensemble dramedy Highway and the cop thriller Psycho Raman. Also included is the 1978 Bollywood classic Gaman.
Also showing is the Cannes Film Festival selection A Girl at My Door. The feature debut from South Korean director July Jung follows a policewoman named Young-nam who gets assigned to a remote, rural port town after being demoted in the city. She meets a local teenage girl, Do-hee, who is being physically abused by her violent stepfather Yong-ha since Do-hee’s mother ran away. Despite the case putting her life at stake, Young-nam tries to find ways to help and save Do-hee. But the mysterious girl develops an obsession about her rescuer. A Girl at My Door will screen at 8 p.m. on September 18th and September 20th in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.
Silk Screen will close on September 25th with Parched, writer/director Leena Yadav’s provocative drama about four women courageously standing up to the repression and misogyny in their Gujarat village. Produced by renowned Indian actor, director and producer Ajay Devgn, and shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), the film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
Screenings will take place at Melwood Screening Room, the Frick Fine Arts Building, the Carnegie Museum of Art, CMU’s McConomy Auditorium, Waterworks Cinemas, Regent Square Theater and Cranberry Cinemas. See a the complete festival schedule at the Silk Screen website. All tickets are are available for purchase at Showclix.