Clandestine romance provides sad but pleasurable viewing in the high-quality Hong Kong meller “Claustrophobia.” Helming bow of Hong Kong scripting vet Ivy Ho (“Comrades, Almost a Love Story,” “Divergence”) has a mastery that recalls Eric Rohmer and Woody Allen at their most sublime. Offering fine drama about and for adults, pic will make a prestige inclusion for fests. Commercial possibilities exist for industrious distribs willing to guide sophisticated auds away from the usual arthouse milieus. Hong Kong release has not been confirmed, but will likely be skeeded in early 2009, with other Chinese-language territories to quickly follow.
Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?
Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the US penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport.