46 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL | OCTOBER 13-20, 2022 FEATURES Four Samosas An unmotivated South Asian American rapper, along with three other first-time thieves, plans a heist on a grocery store owned by his ex-girlfriend’s father, to steal her wedding diamonds and disrupt her impending engagement. Q & A with cast and crew after screening. Director: Ravi Kapoor Producer: Ravi Kapoor, Venk Potula, Rajiv Maikhuri, Craig Stovel Writer: Ravi Kapoor Cast: Venk Potula, Sonal Shah, Sharmita Bhattacharya, Sirvan Patnaik, Karan Soni, Summer Bishil, Meera Simhan 2022 - United States FEATURE FILMS Holy Spider A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called “Spider Killer”, who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners. Denmark’s entry for Academy Nomination Director: Ali Abbas Producer: Sol Bondy, Jacob Jarek Writer: Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami Cast: Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani, Arash Ashtiani 2022 - Denmark, Germany, France Influencer While struggling on a solo backpacking trip in While struggling on a solo backpacking trip in Thailand, social media influencer Madison meets CW, who travels with ease and shows her a more uninhibited way of living, but CW’s interest in her takes a darker turn. Director: Kurtis David Harder Producer: Kurtis David Harder, Brandon Christensen, Tesh Guttikonda, Jack Campbell, Micah Henry Writer: Kurtis David Harder, Tesh Guttikonda Cast: Cassandra Naud, Emily Tennant, Rory J Saper, Sara Canning 2022 - Canada Dustland/ Alafzar An interrogator finds himself in a difficult situation both professionally and personally when he is given a case involving the mayor’s family in which his decision could have far-reaching consequences for everyone. Director: Kazem Daneshi Producer: Bahram Radan Writer: Kazem Daneshi Cast: Sara Bahrami, Setareh Pesyani, Pejman Jamshidi, Tarlan Parvaneh, Sadaf Espahbodi, Mehdi Zamin Pardaz, Maedeh Tahmasebi, Yasna Mirtahmasb , Erfan Naseri , Roya Javidnia , Setayesh Rajaei Nia , Farrokh Nemati 2022 - Iran