Center for Asian American Media is proud to copresent A Brand New Life, directed by Ounie Lecomte, Last Train Home, directed by Lixin Fan, and Bodyguards and Assassins, directed by Teddy Chen at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22-May 6):
A Brand New Life
Drawing on her childhood memories, director Lecomte creates an intimate portrait of an emotionally bereft nine-year-old and her irrepressible cohort at a South Korean Catholic orphanage, featuring an unforgettable performance by the film’s young lead. The film screens Saturday, April 24 at 1:45 pm and Tuesday, May 4 at 6:45 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; and Sunday, May 2 at 12:15 pm at Landmark’s Clay Theatre.
Last Train Home
This visually stunning documentary draws viewers into the lives of a family of migrant factory workers on a grueling holiday journey back to their rural village—and the resentful child they left behind—in an intimate portrait of modern China. The film screens Sunday, May 2 at 8:30 pm at the Pacific Film Archive; Monday, May 3 at 6:15 pm and Tuesday, May 4 at 9:00 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.
Bodyguards and Assassins
Centering around an assassination attempt on Chinese revolutionary hero Sun Yat-sen in 1906 Hong Kong, this star-studded epic is a rousing, electrifying mix of history, revolution and martial arts. The first half is an intricate political thriller and the second half is just plain thrilling. The film screens Sunday, May 2 at 6:45 pm at the Castro Theatre.
For tickets and more information on SFIFF53, visit sffs.org or call 925-866-9559.
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The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF53) returns April 22-May 6 with more than 100 unique programs of the finest independent, documentary and international cinema, combining a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, digital media work and star-studded gala events into the best two weeks of the year. The Festival will honor film icons including Robert Duvall and Roger Ebert, open with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s dazzling caper Micmacs, feature the original score and live performance of Stephin Merritt to the silent epic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, celebrate a comedic legend on Closing Night with the documentary Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work, with Rivers in attendance—and so much more. For tickets and information, visit sffs.org