This year’s slate of narrative competition films reveal friendships, unravel history, build community and discover true identities. Edgy characters unravel histories and reveal true identities throughout this year’s bold slate of films in our Comcast Narrative competition.
Angie Wang’s directorial debut film CARDINAL X showcases the double life of Angie (played by Annie Q). Set in 1984, Angie is a co-ed and the biggest supplier of ecstasy on the West Coast. After losing her prestigious scholarship, Angie turns to manufacturing and selling the drug to make ends meet.
Living in the tech bubble of Silicon Valley, dynamic duo Chee and T are anything but tech saavy. This charming buddy dramedy highlights the adventures of two good friends and the odd variable that teaches them about family.
Drawn from his own childhood experience, Justin Chon’s sophomore directorial film shines a light on the Korean American experience during the 1992 L.A. Uprising. The film follows two Korean American brothers as they struggle to maintain their family’s shoe repair shop and their unlikely friendship with a young African American girl.
Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee, Light paints a powerful and intimate portrait of an early 20th century migrant who spent two years in servitude and was vital in grounding New York’s Chinatown community.
Filmed in partnership with a Toronto high school, The Lockpicker orbits around teenage thief Hashi, pulled along by the ever-present gravity of trauma, reckoning with his hunger for intimacy and haunted by memories of loss and violence. Weaving harsh realism and ethereal scene, Randall Okita explores a furious, adolescent desire for escape.
Strip mall security guard Betty and restaurant bartender Danny strike up a friendship in their unhappy suburban universe in this dark, quirky comedy. When they have an unexpected encounter that goes beyond the friend zone, we see the impact, intentions and emotional baggage each side brings to the table.
– Post by Monica Yap / text by CAAMFest program guide writers.