A North Korean general visits his daughter at her Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to the motherland.
A North Korean general visits his talented daughter at a prestigious Swiss school to test her loyalty towards her motherland. An outstanding singer, with a promising future, she dreams of studying in America. But her dream will be at the cost of her father’s life if she doesn’t return.
Director Minji Kang’s short chamber drama is at heart a story of familial and intergenerational conflict, but set in a unique crucible: the authoritarian politics of North Korea, whose pressures distort and warp the father-daughter dynamic to an untenable, shocking point.
Guided by a well-paced script and taut, elegant camerawork that captures the daughter’s rarified surroundings, the film is fueled by excellent performances that capture many of the unspoken agreements and expectations that exist between family — as well as the explosive pressures that eventually erupt between a father and daughter who want diametrically opposed goals.
“The Loyalist” delineates both characters of the father and daughter with compassion, capturing the complex knot of family, honor, love, loyalty and duty that bounds the pair — and making the film’s climactic moments all the more devastating. The heartbreaking, shocking ending moments of the film will linger, long after its conclusion.
A woman confronts a painful time in her life after discovering the truth about a mysterious old man living across from her.
An elderly man, upon dying, is given the opportunity to relive one day of his life.
By Charlotte Scott-Wilson |
A young cellist develops stage fright after one of her cello strings comes lose during an important performance.
A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break.
By Elham Ehsas and Azeem Bhati |
An Afghan village girl goes on her first date in London.
A once-legendary farmer takes a chance and invests his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.
Two strangers, trying to avoid the crowd at a wedding reception, end up making an unexpected connection.
Two brothers caught in a time loop must traverse a series of maze-like events in order to prevent a catastrophic fire from occurring.
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.
A bullied college student seeks out shooting lessons with an ex-militia member to prove his manhood.
A young man finds himself in between a food-truck and a brothel. Then, he meets his dream girl.
By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart |
A heartbroken woman finds a one-night stand. But the guy lives two hours away... via public transit.
A man is convinced he'll die on his 10,000th day. But when he meets a girl at his cousin's funeral, things don't go to plan.
By Tyrees A. Lamptey |
A WW1 soldier is trapped in a trench with the enemy... and it restores their faith in humanity.