OCTOBER 13-20, 2022 | NewportBeachFilmFest.com | NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL 67 Australian Spotlight Ruby’s Choice A teen girl who’s forced to share her bedroom with her Grandmother, who has dementia, goes from hating her to loving her as she learns more about some family secrets. Starring two-time Golden Globe Winner Jane Seymour OBE, Ruby’s Choice is a poignant tale that follows three generations of strong Australian women. Bonded by shared moments of wisdom and joy, secrets from the family’s past are revealed as Ruby’s illness threatens to push them apart, and the family struggles to make a big decision. Ruby’s Choice will resonate with audiences touched by dementia while offering hope and inspiration to live life to the fullest. Director: Michael Budd Producer: Holly Brisley, Michael Budd, Jessica Butland, Bianca Wei Writer: Paul Mahoney, Ellen Shanley Cast: Jane Seymour, Jacqueline McKenzie, Stephen Hunter, Coco Jack Gillies 2022 - Australia Chinese Spotlight The Italian Recipe On the streets of Rome, Huang Manman, a simple girl with the big dream of becoming a great chef, accidentally meets her idol Peng Baiyang, a spoiled pop star from China. The two who had no intersection before stage a romantic and surprising love trip in Rome. But the development of things is not as beautiful as they imagine as real life brings them back to the starting point. Over time, do they still remember the promises they have made to each other on the streets of Rome that day? Director: Zuxin Hou Producer: Cristiano Bortone, Qun Gao, Ufuk Genc Writer: Zuxin Hou, Alberto Simone, Cristiano Bortone, Si Yu Cast: Yao Huang, Xun Liu 2022 - China Japanese Spotlight Offbeat Cops Homicide Detective Tsukasa Naruse sometimes breaks the rules to catch criminals. After going after a suspect without a warrant in a voice phishing case targeting elderly people, Tsukasa gets transferred to the police musical band. When he learns that a fan of the band is a victim of his former case, Naruse and the band members unite to pursue the suspect and save the very existence of the band. Director: Eiji Uchida Writer: Eiji Uchida Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Nana Seino, Hayato Isumuro, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Mitsuko Baisho 2022 - Japan