CINEQUEST Film Festival (CQFF) showcases emerging and legendary artists, premiere films with 13 days of films, fusing the community of film lovers with film creators. With over 200 international movies form 44 countries, the festival will once again bring a world of cinema, fans and moviemakers to downtown San Jose. This year three films depicting Indian themes are showcased. The films details are  below. The films are showing at Camera 12 (C12), 201 S. Second Street, San Jose. (408) 998-3300, and at California Theatre (Cal), 345 S. First St., San Jose. (408) 295-9600.


Love, Wrinkle Free
Goa-native Savio Monteiro is in the underwear business. His pregnant wife struggles with her age, while his adopted daughter grapples with a personal secret. When Savio meets the beautiful Natalie, his aspirations to make his family proud are within reach as he enters into a business venture with her boyfriend. But the scheme for profiting from “Eat Me” edible lingerie goes awry, and Savio must turn to a character who ultimately stirs up the family in more ways than one. Love, Wrinkle-Free offers a comedic perspective to widespread delusions concerning youth and beauty.  March 4 , 7:00 p.m.(Cal), March 7, 7:15 p.m., March 9, 9:15 p.m. (C12).

The King
In this Tamil film, you’ll find no song and dance. Still, the action packed, lightly comedic, and delightfully smart political thriller hits all the right notes. Zealous photojournalist Ashwin (Jeeva, Raam) has a knack for risking his life to capture photos. When his crush, Renuka, writes a cover story about a big-name politician’s intentions to marry a minor, Ashwin gambles his safety to get photographic evidence. Vasanthan Perumal (Ajmal Ameer), a recent graduate and engineer, strives hard to enter the political field.. But when his allegiance turns out to be a shock, Ashwin’s involvement in the political spectrum turns out to be more than he bargained for. Once you’ve dug your hole, is there a way to get out? March 5, 9:30 p.m. (Cal), March 7, 4:15 p.m. (C12), March 10, 9:15 p.m. (C12).


As part of the Shorts Program 3: Give-And-Take, Raju has already won several awards. A German couple adopts an Indian orphan in Kolkata. When the child suddenly disappears they realize that they are part of the problem. Raju has been nominated for an Oscar in the Live Action Shorts category for the 84th Academy Awards. March 1, 2:15 p.m. (C12), March 6, 4:30 p.m. (C12), March 8, 7:00 p.m. (C12).

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