Best Dramatic Feature
"A frigid neo-noir that's told with a master's touch... A rare delight that's laced with melancholy and a suffocating sense of menace"
"Man From Reno fascinates"
New York Times
"This is stellar pulp storytelling with a twist, blending fine performances...with an evocative view of California's Bay Area"
"Elegant, tantalizing... Suffused throughout the sophisticatedly visualized Man From Reno...is a melancholy and darkness reminiscent of Alan J. Pakula's abyss-rich '70s thrillers"
Los Angeles Times
The neo-noir is back with a vengeance: Man From Reno is a twisting puzzle of a film, one that effortlessly swivels between multiple story lines and multiple languages. The film opens as sheriff Paul Del Moral (veteran character actor Pepe Serna, fantastic in a rare leading role), is driving through dense fog at night. He can barely see anything until an abandoned car comes into view and he valiantly searches the area for its owner but to no avail. When he radios dispatch and drives away, a body suddenly slams into his windshield. Del Moral takes the unconscious man to the hospital, yet before he can conduct a proper investigation, the unidentified man mysteriously disappears.
Meanwhile, Aki (Ayako Fujitani, Tokyo!), a disillusioned crime writer, flees to San Francisco to take respite from her adoring fans in Tokyo. In her hotel, she meets handsome traveler Akira (Kazuki Kitamura) and the two hit it off brilliantly, but then Akira also inexplicably vanishes, leaving only his clothes and a head of lettuce behind. As Del Moral and Aki respectively search for clues about these missing men, their paths soon cross and a chilling plot unfolds.
Filmmaker Director Dave Boyle (White on Rice, Surrogate Valentine) pays homage to the great noir traditions even as he raises the bar on the genre, as his heroine Aki is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery involving ambiguous MacGuffins and amorphous identities. Unfolding in lonely places such as bookshops and hotel bars, Man From Reno challenges all expectations, ultimately revealing itself to be a noir unlike any other.
Directed by Dave Boyle, 2014, Japan/U.S.A. 111 mins. In English and Japanese with English subtitles.
- Fri., Apr. 17 at 7 & 9 pm
- Sat., Apr. 18 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
- Sun., Apr. 19 at 5 & 7 pm
- Mon.Thurs., Apr. 2023 at 7 & 9 pm
$10 general admission
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