For those in New York, the Asian CineVision (ACV) has released the feature film line up selected to screen at the 2010 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF 2010). The program consists of a total of 23 feature films that showcase the latest works created by filmmakers of Asian descent in addition to films that explore new constructs of Asian and Asian-American cinema. The AAIFF 2010 includes selections from both a national and international pool of filmmakers, including works from Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Screenings will take place from July 15 through July 24, 2010 at various venues throughout New York City including Chelsea Clearview Cinema, the Quad Cinema, and the Museum of Chinese America.
Here’s some highlights:
Opening Night Film – Manila Skies
Centerpiece Presentation – Au Revoir Taipei
Closing Night Film – The People I’ve Slept With
“This year, the AAIFF10 looks especially forward to bringing several Southeast Asian films to our audience,” states Martha Tien, Program Manager of the AAIFF10. “Southeast Asia has such a dynamic cinematic community, but its movies still tend to be underrepresented in most film festivals.” Renowned Filipino director Raymond Red’s Manila Sky will screen as the Opening Night Presentation at the AAIFF10 on July 15, 2010. Red, a pioneer of contemporary Filipino cinema, will be in attendance after the screening for a special Q&A session. Other Southeast Asian selections include Malaysian filmmaker Yuhung Ho’s dramatic feature At the End of Daybreak and Thai director Kongkiat Khomsiri’s thriller Slice. Oscar-nominated Australian Director Bruce Beresford will also screen his latest narrative feature Mao’s Last Dancer at the AAIFF10.
In addition to the international titles, the AAIFF10’s programming also includes a strong list of features from Asian American filmmakers including Filipino-American Gerry Balasta’s Mountain Thief. Taiwanese-American filmmaker Arvin Chen’s Au Revoir Taipei will screen as the Centerpiece Presentation on July 17th at 9:30 p.m. while Quentin Lee’s romantic comedy The People I’ve Slept With will close the festival on July 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. All special presentations will screen at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema.
Manila Skies Trailer (Opening Night Film)
Au Revoir Taipei Trailer (Centerpiece Presentation)
The People I’ve Slept With Trailer (Closing Night Film)