The 11th annual Lighthouse International Film Festival is scheduled for June 6 through 9. but it will actually kick off from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences at the LIFF’s appropriately named Kick Off Party.
The party will feature a gift auction, food with an emphasis on Asian Fusion, libations including sparkling sake, and a special screening of the drama/comedy “MIA,” a.k.a. by its new alternative title, “Don’t Let the Night End.”
“MIA,” directed by Galia Barkol, was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Queens World Film Fest. It has been called a “quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed drama that is a profoundly affecting film about family, friendship, and the romantic aura of New York City.”
After losing her ability to dance due to an injury, Mia leaves life in Tel Aviv (the film is in English and Hebrew with English subtitles) for a temporary stay in the Big Apple. Burdened by her uncertain future, Mia finds respite in taking origami classes and cat-sitting for a married sales agent, who is in New York only on the weekends.
“Brainy and sensual, cool and emotional, this wildly impressive feature debut is a drama that consistently defies expectation and takes the time to notice the world – how strangers can connect with one another and how complicated the relationships between parents and their adult children can become,” reads a blurb about the movie.
Barkol will attend, and a Q&A with the director will follow the screening.
The highlight of the evening, though, will be the unveiling of the lineup of the 2019 LIFF, which will include award-winning films from the Sundance, Tribeca and South by Southwest festivals.
The folks from the Lighthouse International Film Festival want to thank the Long Beach Island Foundation for its support, as well as thanking the Fuji 72, Makoto, Golden Jade and Zen restaurants for donating food for the event. Thanks also go out to all of the local businesses that donated gifts for the auction, including dining gift certificates, moonlight cruises, classes and original art.
Tickets for the big kick off are $40. They may be purchased online at lighthousefilmfestival.org (click on Special Events).