Searching 2018

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty Fresh

Not the first film to unfold completely on computer screens, just the most exciting and emotionally resonant, this crime thriller takes us on a father’s (John Cho) frantic online search for his missing daughter.

Jul 27

Embassy Theatre

Jul 28

Embassy Theatre

Aug 02

The Roxy Cinema

Aug 10

Light House Petone

USA In English
102 minutes DCP
M
drug references

Director

Producers

Timur Bekmambetov
,
Sev Ohanian
,
Adam Sidman
,
Natalie Qasabian

Screenplay

Aneesh Chaganty
,
Sev Ohanian

Photography

Juan Sebastian Baron

Editors

Will Merrick
,
Nick Johnson

Production designer

Angel Herrera

Costume designer

Emily Moran

Music

Torin Borrowdale

With

John Cho (David Kim)
,
Debra Messing (Detective Rosemary Vick)
,
Joseph Lee (Peter)
,
Michelle La (Margot)
,
Sara Sohn (Pamela Nam Kim)

Festivals

Sundance
,
San Francisco 2018

Awards

Audience Award (NEXT), Sundance Film Festival

Winner of this year’s Sundance Audience Award, this thriller about a father’s search for his missing daughter ratchets up astounding tension and don’t-go-there chills without ever taking its eyes off computer screens. First-time director and former Google commercials creator Aneesh Chaganty proves as savvy about genre filmmaking as he is about our online behaviour – not least the generational differences that are played out there.

Its every screenshot executed in brilliant detail, Searching begins with a moving image gallery of Kim family history, bringing us into the present tense of David (John Cho, Star Trek, Columbus) and his daughter Margot (Michelle La). They interact through frequent messaging, and are perhaps not as close as David imagines. When Margot goes missing, David begins a frantic search with the help of Detective Vick (Debra Messing, Will & Grace), using multiple online tools and breaking into Margot’s accounts on the laptop she left behind.

“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… Editors Will Merrick and Nick Johnson deserve special credit for assembling a complex 3D puzzle that seems to be happening in real time, creating both urgency and the illusion that we have an active role in solving it… None of this would matter if we didn’t care about the characters, and in Searching Chaganty has found a new idiom for communicating not only the things we share, but also those we keep hidden from the ones we love.” — Peter Debruge, Variety