Film summaries – 2018 - Fourteenth Free Spirit Film Festival

Free Spirit Film Festival 2018

27 to 31 October 6 pm - Hotel Tibet (top floor), Bhagsu Road, McLeod Ganj

Here are synopses of the films for the Free Spirit Film Festival 2018.

10x10ft

Directed by Dhruv Tripathi UK 2018 Drama 17:48 Hindi (English subtitles) Festival screening on Sunday 28 October

Synopsis

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?

310804

Directed by Martin Jesus Kozlowski Denmark 2018 Experimental 29:36 English/Hindi Festival screening on Tuesday 30 October

Synopsis

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 Festival screening on Monday 29 October

Synopsis

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.

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Ashariri.. O.. !

Directed by Rudranath Banerjee India 2018 Drama 16:59 Bengali Festival screening on Sunday 28 October

Synopsis

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 Festival screening on Monday 29 October

Synopsis

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.

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The Conflict

Directed by Vipin Raghuwanshi India 2018 Drama 19:54 Hindi/Urdu Festival screening on Wednesday 31 October

Synopsis

The story of a Kashmiri boy who is trapped in terrorism.

D.A.T.E.

Directed by Sai Deodhar Anand India 2018 Drama 13:10 Hindi Festival screening on Monday 29 October

Synopsis

The film shows an older lady's first job interview, and what happens thereafter.

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Devil (Maupassant's Le Diable)

Directed by Kshitij Sharma India 2018 01:26;00 Hindi Festival screening on Sunday 28 October

Synopsis

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".

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Flying Light

Directed by Lisa Gabriella Sogliuzzo US 2018 Paranormal 27:45 English Festival screening on Wednesday 31 October

Synopsis

A woman grieving the loss of her adoptive mother, relapses into drugs with unexpected consequences.

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Infected

Directed by Meera Mahadhi India 2018 Drama 6:45 Tamil Festival screening on Saturday 27 October

Synopsis

Infected speaks about the power of social media and how it leads to danger when you are addicted to it.

Kismet

Directed by Doğuş Özokutan Region 2018 Drama 3:19 Turkish (English subtitles) Festival screening on Tuesday 30 October

Synopsis

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?

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Living on a Dollar a Day

Directed by Thomas Nazario Region 2018 Documentary 46:02 English Festival screening on Wednesday 31 October

Synopsis

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.

love, bites

Directed by Ajay Govind India 2018 Drama 20:54 Hindi Festival screening on Tuesday 30 October

Synopsis

A romantic drama revolving around the passionate relationship between artist Karthik and scientist Meghna.

Meeraas (Inheritance)

Directed by Saurabh Thakur India 2018 Drama 7:23 Hindi Festival screening on Tuesday 30 October

Synopsis

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?

Motherland

Directed by Vivek Narang India 2018 Drama 17:13 Hindi (English subtitles) Festival screening on Saturday 27 October

Synopsis

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.

Om Shanti

Directed by Holger Klussman Germany 2018 Documentary 20:00 English Festival screening on Wednesday 31 October

Synopsis

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.

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Parichay

Directed by Amrit Raj India 2018 Drama 16:46 Hindi Festival screening on Saturday 27 October

Synopsis

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.

The Plague

Directed by Tommaso Frangini Italy 2018 Drama 14:55 Italian Festival screening on Monday 29 October

Synopsis

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.

The Sessions

Directed by Bobby Pimentel US 2018 Feature 01:15:52 English Festival screening on Tuesday 30 October

Synopsis

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.

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Sound Sleep

Directed by Bharathkumar Balemane US 2018 Drama 9:30 Silent Festival screening on Sunday 28 October

Synopsis

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.

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Tibetan Illusion Destroyer

Directed by Tom Vendetti US/Nepal 2018 Documentary 56:40 English Festival screening on Saturday 27 October

Synopsis

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.

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