Here are synopses of the films for the Free Spirit Film Festival 2018. The schedule of screenings is here.
Directed by Dhruv Tripathi UK 2018 Drama 17:48 Hindi (English subtitles)
More than 60% of the people in Bombay actually reside in houses of 10x10 feet or worse. In this city of crowded homes and cramped desires, where does one find the space to make love?
Directed by Martin Jesus Kozlowski Denmark 2018 Experimental 29:36 English/Hindi
310804 is a psychological drama, partly based on a true story of the director's Asperger's background. The short film is the first part of a trilogy called To be, to come and to become.
The Ascension of Ava Delaine
Directed by Tonya Kay US 2018 Experimental 5:00 English
This film was shot entirely on drone in a single take. The lone actress, Tonya Kay Virgin, moves through her life becoming more confident, more sexual and more valuable as she ages. Behind the scenes, she performs four real-time quick changes while sprinting up four levels of the vertical location, to meet the drone on a new floor, in new wardrobe, in a new decade of time with a new set of emotions.
Ashariri.. O.. !
Directed by Rudranath Banerjee India 2018 Drama 16:59 Bengali
Three years after the death of his beloved wife Mina, retired Professor Dr Apurba Sanyal is convinced that her supernatural presence exists, and is trying to find out what her last words were. His daughter Apu however, is certain that he is mentally ill and needs treatment. The housekeeper Ramukaka too is a non-believer; until something happens one night. Whether the mother really exists or it is something more psychological is left to be understood ...
Bent on Somnolence
Directed by Timothy McCarthy US 2018 Fictional Drma 01:29:41 English
Bent on Somnolence tells a deep story of how a lonely man, tortured by his insomnia, breaks free from his hamster-wheel job, his money traps, and changes his life. He then discovers some life-changing science about medicine which can help repair the brain and restore the youthful mindset that he remembers.
Directed by Vipin Raghuwanshi India 2018 Drama 19:54 Hindi/Urdu
The story of a Kashmiri boy who is trapped in terrorism.
Directed by Sai Deodhar Anand India 2018 Drama 13:10 Hindi
The film shows an older lady's first job interview, and what happens thereafter.
Devil (Maupassant's Le Diable)
Directed by Kshitij Sharma India 2018 01:26;00 Hindi
Dev Bhramar strikes an unusual deal with home-care nurse Maya, to look after his ailing mother in her last days. This triggers a chain of events which will plunge all of them into an abyss of unimaginable darkness. An adaptation of legendary author Guy De Maupassant's short story, "Le Diable".
Directed by Lisa Gabriella Sogliuzzo US 2018 Paranormal 27:45 English
A woman grieving the loss of her adoptive mother, relapses into drugs with unexpected consequences.
Directed by Meera Mahadhi India 2018 Drama 6:45 Tamil
Infected speaks about the power of social media and how it leads to danger when you are addicted to it.
Directed by Doğuş Özokutan Region 2018 Drama 3:19 Turkish (English subtitles)
In a Muslim country, a man’s last wish to be cremated after his death, leaves his wife and son with an impossible task to complete. Kismet seeks answers to a simple question: When society gets to decide everything about your life and death, what’s left for you?
Living on a Dollar a Day
Directed by Thomas Nazario Region 2018 Documentary 46:02 English
This follows the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C Byer as she explores the personal experiences of women, children, and families who live in extreme poverty in ten countries around the world. It also highlights the efforts of everyday heroes around the world who work hard to help the one-sixth of the world’s people who are mostly forgotten and live on less than a dollar a day.
Directed by Ajay Govind India 2018 Drama 20:54 Hindi
A romantic drama revolving around the passionate relationship between artist Karthik and scientist Meghna.
Directed by Saurabh Thakur India 2018 Drama 7:23 Hindi
A victim of domestic violence cannot find the courage to speak out against the abuse dealt to her. But when the same fate looms for her daughter, will she turn a blind eye or will she find the courage that she could not find for herself?
Directed by Vivek Narang India 2018 Drama 17:13 Hindi (English subtitles)
Young Arnav’s equation with all the ladies in his life is illustrated by backstories, each one showing his juvenile misconceptions about race, religion, and physical disability, which are set straight by his mother. The story draws from everyday cases of discrimination and prejudice against people from different states. The film explores the themes of unity and the inherent goodness that surfaces when external forces threaten to sabotage one's motherland.
Directed by Holger Klussman Germany 2018 Documentary 20:00 English
In this film, we visit some places in the movie dedicated to World Peace, and hear the messages of John F Kennedy and Mahatma Gandhi. We can learn what is possible when a head of state is living these peace ideals.
Directed by Amrit Raj India 2018 Drama 16:46 Hindi
A man sitting on railway station has lost all his spirit and decides to commit suicide. He meets a suspicious person, and the conversation changes his way of looking into life.
Directed by Tommaso Frangini Italy 2018 Drama 14:55 Italian
In Northern Europe, late 18th Century, a young and ambitious alchemist, Parsifal, gives birth to a Homunculus, ignoring his Master's warning about creating life. In later years, he will have to face his mistakes.
Directed by Bobby Pimentel US 2018 Feature 01:15:52 English
Due to childhood trauma, a man struggles to connect with people. With the help of his therapist, he begins to find what it means to love and live for the first time.
Directed by Bharathkumar Balemane US 2018 Drama 9:30 Silent
This is a story of a woman who has difficulty sleeping. All she wants most in her life is a sound sleep! This is a zero-budget crowd-funded silent short film shot with cell phone.
Tibetan Illusion Destroyer
Directed by Tom Vendetti US/Nepal 2018 Documentary 56:40 English
The Mani Rimdu Festival is held in the shadows of the highest mountains near Mount Everest. The purpose of the festival is to destroy illusions that lead to human suffering.