SEARCHING Unclassified 18+
Winner of Sundance’s Audience Prize, this brilliant edge-of-your-seat thriller starring John Cho never leaves the computer screen as the hunt for a missing teenager spans Facebook, WhatsApp and webcams.
David Kim (John Cho, Gemini, MIFF 2017; Star Trek) is still mourning the death of his wife when his daughter Margot goes missing. With the help of Detective Vick (Debra Messing, Will & Grace), David soon learns that he knows less about his daughter – seemingly a promising piano star and popular at school – than he previously thought. Has Margot simply run away, or has she met a more tragic fate online?
Never leaving the interface of a computer screen, Searching follows David as he hunts through apps, websites, Google and desktop folders looking for clues, and FaceTimes with Margot’s schoolmates. What sounds like a gimmick quickly becomes a unique tool to talk about how we experience our lives online and how it can be both dangerous and a lifesaver – in addition to the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award, Searching also won that festival’s Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize for its "gripping and original interrogation of our evolving relationship with technology … and for its rigorous formal experimentation with narrative."
Co-produced by MIFF 2018 guest Timur Bekmambetov – whose MIFF 2018 film Profile and 2015 supernatural thriller Unfriended both utilise this same ‘Screenlife’ technique – Searching is an exciting and pulse-pounding emotional rollercoaster with a mystery that will have you guessing until the very end.
"Exceptionally clever … Cutting to the emotional core of what social media says about us, the result is as much a time capsule of our relationship to (and reliance upon) modern technology as it is a cutting-edge digital thriller." – Variety
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