Lighthouse International Film Festival Dramatic Feature Competition 2022


originally published: 05/15/2022

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ) — The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) announced its 2022 Dramatic Feature Competition program, which includes inspiring, creative and shocking films from the United States and around the world. The festival will take place for the 14th time on the island of Long Beach, June 2-5, a long weekend that features a host of exciting in-person events: new film screenings, panels, networking events and parties . In addition to its dramatic feature competition, LIFF will hold a documentary feature competition, a short film competition, an episodic competition, a high school film competition, surf film screenings and headliner programs. attach.

The Dramatic Feature Competition will bring to the big screen original stories from the bright minds of independent filmmakers attending the festival, hailing from the United States, Europe and even Japan. Two of the films in competition will celebrate their world premiere on LBI, in the presence of talent: Next time maybe by Sahm McGlynn, a beautifully shot intimate ghost story starring Kika Magalhaes (My mother’s eyes) and Max Hoffman (son of Dustin Hoffman, Hook, Greenberg), and Menina Casilda from Spanish filmmaker Eric Du Bellay, a surprisingly funny take-off on moviegoers and Hollywood classics, involving a wild kidnapping plot during COVID-19 in Madrid.

Love, life and goldfish, from director Yukinori Makabe, is a romantic musical fairy tale set in modern-day Japan’s countryside and will have its East Coast premiere on LBI. A pack of sheep, by Greek filmmaker Dimitris Kannellopoulos, is also set in the countryside, but tells a completely different intense story about toxic masculinity and how good men can be driven to senseless violence.

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Straighten up and fly right by Kristen Abate & Steven Tanenbaum, winner of the Unstoppable Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, offers an intimate look into the love lives of lonely disabled people in New York City. Loneliness and the desire for closeness between a father and a son are at the center of sweetness Planet B234 by Keelie Sheridan and Jorge Luna. Real-life romantic intimacy is the focus of Clinton Cornwell 12 months, which follows a couple falling in and out of love over the course of a year. We are not satisfied! by Yuki Soga offers a unique creative take on the cliché of struggling and budding artists trying to break into the film industry.

Festival passes and individual tickets are available for purchase in line.

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Here is an overview of each film:

12 months; United States, 1 hour and 32 minutes; Saturday June 4, 2022 at 8 p.m.; Dir: Clinton Cornwell. A hyper-realistic diversion from the usual rom-com, 12 months candidly portrays moments that are commonly experienced, but rarely shown, as it follows the story of Ellie and Clark, a millennial couple navigating the peaks and valleys of a new relationship.

Love, Life and Goldfish; Japan, 1 hour and 32 minutes (East Coast premiere); Saturday June 4, 2022 at 8:20 p.m.; Director: Yukinori Makabe. When big city banker Makoto has a blast at work, he is sent to work in a small village in the middle of nowhere as punishment. Immediately he falls in love with the woman who runs the local goldfish collecting shop.

Next time maybe; United States, 1h20 (world premiere); Saturday June 4, 2022 at 6 p.m.; Dir: Sahm McGlynn. A lone woman reverses the roles of the indulgent spirits that haunt her property.

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Menina Casilda; Spain, 1 hour & 26 minutes (World Premiere); Friday June 3, 2022 at 5.45 p.m.; Dir: Eric Du Bellay. During the strict confinement in Madrid, Diego, a 35-year-old unemployed actor, kidnaps Sara, a 20-year-old law student. She will be his audience.

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pack of sheep; Greece, 1 hour and 50 minutes; Saturday June 4, 2022 at 3:40 p.m.; Director: Dimitris Kanellopoulos. Thanasis cannot repay his debt to Stelios. When he finds out that Apostolis is in the same situation, he asks her to join him in making a better deal with Stelios. As Thanasis tries to get more players into the game, two young gangsters come to town to deal with debtors.

Planet B234; United States, 1 hour; Saturday June 4, 2022 at 10.30 a.m.; Dir: Keelie Sheridan. Jorge, a father thousands of miles away from his son, creates an alternate world – – Planet B234 – – where he can deal with the anxiety, depression and despair of being separated from his child. Geographic barriers are no match for Jorge’s fertile imagination, but it comes at the cost of his sanity and the very relationship he fights to maintain.

Straighten up and fly right; United States, 1 hour and 30 minutes; Friday June 3, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.; Director: Kristen Abate & Steven Tanenbaum. In a funk, Kristen, a physically handicapped New Yorker, walks dogs for a living, but dreams of being a writer. As her life unfolds, she must make the choice to crumble or rise again.

We are not satisfied! United States, 1 hour and 23 minutes; Saturday June 4, 2022 at 10.30 a.m.; Dir: Yuki Soga. When a budding filmmaker’s move to Manhattan does little to boost his artistic career, he convinces an amateur puppeteer to help out, despite his deteriorating finances and sanity.

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