Johnnie To’s SPARROW is a love letter to Hong Kong with intricately choreographed scenes and a 60’s Euro-cool soundtrack full of marimba glissandos and sparkling jazz pianos. SPARROW opens a the 4 Star Theatre on December 25th.
The 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is proud to announce its 1st annual Student Delegate Program. Aimed to engage students with Asian and Asian American cinema, the program entails a rigorous program of screenings and talks, as well as access to special events and exclusive meetings with filmmakers. EXTENDED DEADLINE JAN 15, 2009!
The Pacific Film Archive presents I LOVE BEIJING: THE FILMS OF NING YING. Ning Ying is an artist in residence at PFA this fall, appearing in person to discuss her films and offering a master class on October 27. This series is presented in conjunction with the BAM exhibition Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection.
As part of the MVFF focus series, CAAM is pleased to co-present FOCUS ASIA at the 2008 Mill Valley Film Festival. MVFF will present a number of award-winning new Asian narrative and documentary films, including the CAAM-funded THE BETRAYAL (NERAKOUN), directed by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasaveth
Pacific Film Archive presents UNKNOWN PLEASURES: The Films of Jia Zhangke. Viewers wishing to understand China’s vast changes during the last decade, those seeking arguably the most important, critically acclaimed director of our era, should start in one place: the films of Jia Zhangke. UNKNOWN PLEASURES film series screens from September 12 – October 17, 2008 at the Pacific Film Archive.
Anita Wen-Shin Chang’s Joyful Life is a feature documentary in collaboration with Hansen’s disease (Leprosy) patients residing at Taiwan’s Lo-Sheng (“Joyful Life”), one of the few remaining sanatoriums in the world, on the verge of disappearing. Due to resident, student and human rights activism, plans for total destruction have stopped. At this point, the sanatorium remains despite continued pressures from the government, private interests and local civilians to excavate.