25th San Francisco Asian American Film Festival
March 15-25, 2007
San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) is the largest annual exhibition event in North America dedicated to showcasing the best in Asian American and Asian independent cinema. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has served as an important launching point for new works from Asia, the U.S. and the Asian diaspora by filmmakers such as Ang Lee, M. Night Shyamalan, and Wong Kar-Wai.
The Best of the Fest:
- Retrospective of Hong-Sang Soo, popular South Korean director of Woman on the Beach, Woman is the Future of Man, Tale of Cinema, etc., explore themes of sexual politics and the inability of people to connect.
- Syndromes and a Century, directed by the inventive Thai Apichatpong Weerasenthakul (Tropical Malady), invites viewers to reflect on time, memory, and space in this dreamy story about the filmmaker's parents before they were lovers.
- Dark Matters uses real events as an inspiration to explore acculturation and the ironies of "freedom." A talented Chinese cosmology student arrives at a mid-western university, only to experience betrayal by his professor (Aiden Quinn). Meryl Streep also stars.
- American Zombie follows four L.A. "revenants" in this "fictional documentary." Screens on Sat., 7 PM, AMC Van Ness.
- Love for Share, weaves stories of three women in a polygamous marriage in Indonesia and how they share intimacy with one man and each other.
- Air Guitar Nation offers an exhilarating look at a new kind of competitive sport that's taking the U.S. by storm.
- Cats of Mirikatani documents the remarkable life of a homeless Japanese artist in NYC, who had suffered internment during WWII. Taken in by a the filmmaker, Linda Hattendorf, Jimmy learns that he is related to SF poet, Janice Mirikitani.
- The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief is the story of top male escorts of the underground love scene. Move over Julian Kaye.
Further information: www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org
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