TaiwaneseAmerican.org is proud once again serve as a community presenter of the Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), which showcases the best Asian and Asian American films from around the globe!
The festival takes place March 11-21, 2010 in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Festival’s presenting organization the Center for Asian America Media (CAAM). SFIAAFF is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 120 works featuring thrilling films from the United States and Asia.
SFIAAFF will again feature a dynamic and forward-looking selection of the best in new Asian and Asian American cinema. From comedic love stories to award-winning documentaries, the Festival’s program is the largest showcase of its kind in the world. At the heart of the Festival are its two Competitions, for Asian American Narrative and Documentary Features, as well as diverse selections of films from around the world, both short and feature-length.
Film screenings, filmmaker tributes, and panel discussions take place at the Castro Theatre, Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Clay Theatre, and VIZ Cinema in San Francisco, Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, and the Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose.
This year, TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to present two amazing films related to Taiwan!
Prince of Tears (Lei wangzi), directed by Yonfan, is a historical drama film that ells the story of a family embroiled in the tragic “White Terror” suppression of political dissidents that was wrought during the 1950s by the Kuomintang government (KMT) after their acquisition of Taiwan in the 1940s. It was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
Au Revoir Taipei, is a romantic comedy and crime caper in one, brought to us by Taiwanese American director Arvin Chen. Sweet, absurd, and gleaming with visual style, Chen’s charming feature-film debut stars an eclectic gang of characters as they embark on a light-footed dance across the streets of Taipei—and a more hazardous navigation across the complicated avenues of love.
Prince of Tears is playing during the opening weekend of the San Francisco portion of the Festival, and Au Revoir Taipei is the closing feature in San Francisco as well as the opening film of the San Jose portion.
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