The Newport Beach Film Festival showcases five different international Spotlight features through the run of the eight-day festival.
Spotlight screenings feature films from the Pacific Rim – Japan, China, as well as a European showcase of films from Sweden, France, Ireland, France, Italy and Germany. The Latino showcase this year includes features from Chile, Brazil and Mexico. The U.K. and Ireland also have their own spotlights.
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UK Spotlight- Happy Birthday to Toby Simpson The life of an average businessman usually follows the same routine: wake up, head to work, accomplish tasks set for them, and return home. Day in and day out this routine continues, until one man's life is overturned when he learns that some of his belongings have been stolen. Upon discovering their possible location at a music festival, he sneaks in to retrieve his items, and instead finds that life is about much…Find out more »
UK Spotlight- Wild Honey Pie A couple in their mid-thirties is more than happy to live their lives at a different pace than other couples they know. Despite being pestered by friends and family to get more stable careers, they launch a "Shakespeare by the Sea" festival. It seems like a winning idea, yet it's not all a midsummer night's dream as cracks in their organizational skills start to surface, and reveal the fragile nature of their relationship. Film Only…Find out more »
Canadian Spotlight - Cardinals After killing her neighbor in an apparent drunk driving accident, a woman returns home from her stint in prison, hoping to move on. She longs to bury the past and carry on with her life, but when the son of the deceased appears on her doorstep, its becomes clear this will not be easily forgotten. History unravels, tensions rise, and memories resurface, leaving her no choice but to face the mistakes of her past in order…Find out more »
Irish Spotlight- Maze Based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of thirty-eight prisoners from Maze High Security Prison during the Northern Ireland Conflict. After a hunger strike that left ten IRA prisoners dead before being called off. Determined not to remain silenced, he befriends his unsuspecting warden. Initially they are confirmed enemies, born on opposite sides of Northern Ireland’s political divide, but when the prisoner realizes that the warden may be unwittingly useful for his escape plan,…Find out more »
Irish Spotlight- The Drummer and the Keeper After a series of self-destructive incidents, a rock drummer is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and begins occupational therapy. As part of his therapy, he takes up soccer where he encounters a teen with Asperger's syndrome. While the two don't get along at first, they eventually develop an unlikely friendship as they help each other cope with not only their conditions but the world around them. This film screens with the short film Ancient Lights:…Find out more »
Michael Inside An eighteen year old living in a Dublin housing estate with his grandfather is caught holding drugs for his friend's older brother and is sentenced to three months in prison. Once inside, he is befriended by an older drug dealer and is exposed to violence and intimidation. This experience changes him forever. Q&A with Director Frank Berry and Producer Donna EperonFind out more »
ULAM: Main Dish Follow the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs as they cross over to the center of the American table. This culinary movement is not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs, but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identity, and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large. The film is a celebration -- and confirmation -- that Filipino food,…Find out more »
Korean Spotlight- A Day A skilled doctor begins his journey home after an extended trip abroad, only to come across a horrific car accident. While helping the victims, he realizes that one of the people dying on the road is his daughter, and watches her slip away. But as the worst day of his life begins to repeat itself, he has another chance to save her at the risk of someone else's loved one dying instead. It may be possible…Find out more »
Chinese Spotlight- End of Summer While attempting to rebel against his controlling father, a young boy finds a friend in his elderly neighbor. Together, the two bond over the World Cup fever that is sweeping China and the elderly man begins secretly training the boy for the school tryouts. The mission takes an unexpected turn when he discovers his father's romance with his homeroom teacher. On top of that, his elderly neighbor must reunite with his own family in a…Find out more »