It’s not so rare for people to find love at SFIAAFF: past fest-goers have said that they’ve found their spouses and romantic partners here. Luckily at CAAM we can help keep that fire a-flaming as we showcase films about love and the different ways it presents itself.
If you’re looking for something sweet, check this out: New Zealand-based MY WEDDING AND OTHER SECRETS by dir. Roseanne Liang. Michelle Ang is a nerdy filmmaker and Matt Whelan is a D&D enthusiast. It’s a fun, cute film with two unlikely romantic leads that blow all kinds of Hollywood romantic conventions out of the water. Find out how Ang and Whelan deal with the pressures of family demands and getting an indie film financed at the festival!
My Wedding and Other Secrets
Roseanne Liang / New Zealand / 2010 / 88 mi
Are you part of a couple and are looking for ways to shake things up? YES WE’RE OPEN by dir. Richard Wong boasts a familiar cast with Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow), Lynn Chen (Saving Face), Sheetal Sheth (Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World), and newcomer Kerry McCrohan written by local favorite H.P. Mendoza. Luke (Shen) and Sylvia (Chen) explore the mechanics of an open relationship in this highly entertaining and sexy film about a couple determined to make it last against all odds.
Yes, We’re Open
Richard Wong / USA / 2011 / 80 min / World Premiere
For all our queer cinema lovers, we are hosting a special reunion screening of SAVING FACE directed by Alice Wu as part of our Joan Chen Spotlight. A very tender and humorous film, a mother (Joan Chen) sets up dates with men for her daughter (Michelle Krusiec) when she is already in the arms of another woman (Lynn Chen). Not only is it about romantic love, it’s also the love shared between a mother and daughter who have only each other to take care of.
Alice Wu / USA / 2004 / 96 min / English, Mandarin with English subtitles / Color / 35mm
Not in the mood for love? Coping with the loss of a former flame? We got you covered. Go see THIS IS NOT LOVE, a shorts program highlighting the ways in which relationships fall apart. It’s a fascinating look at misery, loneliness, and dark desires. This program includes: Yield, Instant Slapping, Shanghai Love Market, Thief, No Contract, Parachute Kids, Camels, and Comfort Window.
Whether you’re dealing with the loss of love or the start of something new, this year’s SFIAAFF features something for everybody. Buy the tickets now!