Directed by Dave Boyle
110 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
Screens in English and Japanese with English subtitles.
Post-film discussion with the director Dave Boyle moderated by Doug Fabrizio, host of KUER’s RadioWest.
In a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral is driving home through the fog one night when he accidentally strikes a pedestrian, a lone Japanese man. However, before an investigation can take place, the man disappears from the hospital without a trace.
At the same time, Japanese mystery author Aki Akahori takes a trip to San Francisco in order to escape the
press tour for her latest book–a potboiler in her world-famous “Inspector Takabe” series. Feeling lonely and vulnerable, she begins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveller from Reno who is staying in the same hotel. Her new lover, Akira Suzuki, is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions…
Nominee – John Cassavetes Award – 2015 Indie Spirit Awards; Winner: Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature – 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival
DAVE BOYLE / Writer/Director
Dave Boyle lived in Utah for 8 years and studied at BYU. He made his feature film debut in 2006 with the bilingual comedy Big Dreams Little Tokyo which was shot in Utah. His next film, White On Rice (also shot in Utah), premiered at the 2009 San Francisco International Asian American Festival as an Opening Night Selection.The film subsequently premiered in Japan in 2010 to critical acclaim. In 2011, his third feature, the comedy Surrogate Valentine, was world premiere at the 2011 South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International AsianAmerican Film Festival. Man from Reno is his fourth feature.
Film from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been moved to March