Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Hope Frozen


Year: 2019
Run Time: 76 minutes

Hope Frozen
Hope Frozen
Hope Frozen
Hope Frozen

When Einz—meaning “love” in Chinese and Japanese—succumbed to brain cancer at just two and a half years old in 2015, her parents were devastated, but not without hope. Shortly before Einz passed away, her father, an engineer named Sahatorn, had convinced her mother, Nareerat, to pursue cryonics, the process of freezing the deceased and then later reviving them when a cure for their disease has been discovered. Within minutes of Einz’s death, a team from Alcor Life Extension Foundation prepared her body to be transported from Bangkok to Scottsdale, Arizona. Now Einz’s family, including brother and aspiring scientist, Matrix, eagerly await the necessary advances in medicine, while acknowledging they might not live long enough to see Einz again. Dealing in topics largely relegated to the realm of science fiction, documentarian Pailin Wedel pairs moving interviews and bittersweet family videos with beautiful cinematography and an emotive score in HOPE FROZEN. (In English and Thai with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 11:15 AM ET

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:20 PM ET

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 2:25 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Pan-Asian Cinema

Global Health Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


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