The Doha Film Institute's (DFI) year-round ‘Contemporary Releases’, a selection of the latest internationally and regionally acclaimed films, is still ongoing for the month of September and their latest offering features the maiden foray of 27-year-old Indian-American screenwriter and director Aneesh Chaganty to full-length directing via "Searching"—which follows the story of a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter with the help of a police detective.
Shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens, the yet-to-be-released drama/thriller in the GCC is notable as the first mainstream Hollywood thriller headlined by an Asian-American actor.
"Searching," which was originally pitched to as a 30-minute long short film until it was offered a production budget for a feature instead, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was met with mostly-positive reviews from critics, who praised the material's acting, screenplay, and visual execution.
Here are the screening schedules at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium:
Here's the IMDB logline:
After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.
Here are some of the positive feedback that the film is enjoying at Rotten Tomatoes:
"Searching's timely premise and original execution are further bolstered by well-rounded characters brought to life by a talented cast."
"Searching is a taut, effectively paced mystery-thriller with a powerful emotional component."
"A well-crafted mystery with quite a few unexpected twists and turns."
Disclaimer: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.
The film will be screened in English but Arabic subtitles will be available.
DFI Cinema is presented in partnership with several organisations, including Katara, the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar Museums and Aspire Park. Programming includes contemporary independent cinema, filmmaker retrospectives, classic films and a regular presentation of works by Qatari and Gulf filmmakers.
Watch the nail biting trailer below:
Are you as excited as us for the Qatar premiere of "Searching?" If yes, which screening are you eyeing to book for to catch a glimpse of it this coming weekend? Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!
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