Titulo original: White Frog
An original young adult drama with comedy and heart about 15-year old Nick (The Twilight Saga's Booboo Stewart), a neglected teen with mild Asperger’s syndrome whose life is challenged and ultimately changed forever when tragedy hits his family. WHITE FROG is a universal story of the power of family, friendship, and love positioned to appeal to a broad audience in the same way as ORDINARY PEOPLE, JOY LUCK CLUB, and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.
Un original drama de un joven, con comedia y amor alrededor, de 15 años de edad, Nick (La Saga Crepúsculo Booboo Stewart), un adolescente descuidado con leve síndrome de Asperger, cuya vida se ve desafiada y, finalmente, cambió para siempre cuando la tragedia golpea a su familia. Rana Blanca, es una historia universal del poder de la familia, la amistad y el amor posicionado para atraer a una amplia audiencia de la misma manera como la peliculas (Gente corriente 1980, El club de la buena estrella 1993, y Los niños están bien 2010).
Dirigida por Quentin Lee, nacido en 1971 en Hong Kong. Lee dice que la idea del síndrome de Asperger “fue escrita dentro del personaje” y que tiene un significado especial para él. La hermana menor de Lee “fue diagnosticada de Asperger en Hong Kong, literalmente dos semanas antes de la producción, entonces me dio una perspectiva más personal de la película y el personaje”.
Last summer, the online media sphere was spinning with the curious and enticing question, “Who is the White Frog?” Such excitement was for Quentin Lee’s latest achievement, White Frog. A career-defining work for Lee, whose Flow remains a key moment in the history of Asian American cinema, the film boasts some of the most influential and recognizable Asian American talent today, including Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), B.D. Wong (Law and Order) and Joan Chen (this year’s Festival Honoree). It also features a tour-de-force performance by Hollywood’s newest breakout star, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga).
In a picturesque and unassuming suburb, high-school freshman Nick (Stewart) is trying to find his place in life. From an outsider’s view, he has the perfect family, with a loving, stay-at-home mother (Chen), successful father (Wong), and an athletic, charming older brother (Shum Jr). Inside the home, however, things are different: Nick, living with Asperger’s syndrome, is often neglected and misunderstood by his family. When tragedy suddenly strikes, Nick is forced out of his comfort zone, and into finding the strength he needs to survive.
Akin to films such as Ordinary People and Stand By Me, White Frog remixes the coming-of-age formula and the melodrama genre with its complex, bold Asian American characters and themes, with an adult script that exposes the pervasive issues that plague our communities. At times heart wrenching and emotional, the film still finds time for moments of welcome humor to leaven the mood, while a stellar soundtrack adds to the work’s lush spell.
An all-star production both in front of and behind the camera (including David Henry Hwang as executive producer), White Frog and its inspirational story were brought to life by a mother-and-daughter screenwriting duo, Fabienne and Ellie Wen. Director Quentin Lee (The People I’ve Slept With, SFIAAFF ’10; Ethan Mao, SFIAAFF ‘04) here confirms his standing as one of American cinema’s master storytellers, focusing on the key messages of the film: the universal power of family and friendship, and the importance of loving everyone for whom they are. To circle back to the question that started it all, “Who is the White Frog?” Well, there is only one way to find out…
Titulo original: White Frog
Director: Quentin Lee
Productor: Chris Lee, Joel Soisson, Ellie Wen
Fotografía: Yasu Tanida
Música: Steven Pranoto
Guión: Fabienne Wen, Ellie Wen
Edición: Matthew Rundell
Reparto: Booboo Stewart, B.D. Wong, Harry Shum Jr., Joan Chen
Trailer in English
Making White Frog