The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 16th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 13 through Thursday, July 20, 2017.
This festival year boasts its first women's showcase of Asian directed and produced films by women, due to the generosity of Dallas Women's Foundation's Orchid Giving Circle. Sunday, July 16th will be dedicated to the women films. This year also features more films than any other year! 70 films will screened throughout the week: 5 short blocks (Drama, Experimental, Womens, Late Night and Documentary) and 35 feature films. Last year, the festival screened 50+ films.
Film fans can also expect films from the U.S., Singapore, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Tibet and from these genres: action, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller, romantic comedy and a special director's cut of an iconic repertoire.
Passes and tickets will on sale and available on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at www.asianfilmdallas.com
AFFD organizers are excited about the 10 expected filmmakers in attendance this year and the first titles:
Director: Han Han
In the near-death after an accident, a sports car driver time-travelled back to the 1990s to meet his severe father and never-seen mother in a small Chinese town.
Soul on a String
Director: Yang Zhang
After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer he just killed, Taibei, a young lonesome Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a long and difficult mission: to bring it back to the holy mountain of Buddha's handprint. His journey turns sour as an obstinate woman, Joan, and a psychic yet dumb elf, Pu, soon decide to join him. Not to mention the two violent brothers on his tale, who are on a revenge quest.
A Single Rider
Country: S. Korea
Director: Lee Joo-Young
A man who has lost everything in his life travels to Australia in search of his family.
My Love Sinema
North American Premiere
Director: Ai Leng Tan
Inspired by the Italian Classic "Cinema Paradiso", an aspiring filmmaker discovers the touching life story of a cinema projectionist and his unending love for a teacher. Recipient of the 2011 Taiwan Golden Horse Film Project Promotion Post-Production Award, 2012 ACE-HK Asia Film Financing Co-Production Lab participant and recipient of the 2012 Media Development Authority of Singapore New Talent Feature Grant, MY LOVE SINEMA is a touching, nostalgic love story filled with inspiration, courage, passion, resilience and heart. Set in 1950s Singapore, we relive the charming lifestyle of that era, and follow one man's never-ending pursuit of his passion in both cinema and love, sharing a fate that crosses generations.
Psycho Raman 2.0
North American Premiere
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Set in present day Mumbai the story follows the life of a serial killer Ramanna who is inspired by an infamous serial killer from the 1960s, Raman Raghav. His strange obsession with Raghavan, a young cop keeps growing as he closely follows him without his knowledge and often creates situations where both of them come face to face.
Parties and events
VIP Reception: Thursday, July 6, 7 pm to 9 pm. Invitation-only
Opening Night Party: Thursday, July 13, 9 pm to 11 pm at space below Angelika Film Center
Women's Showcase Reception: Sunday, July 16, 5:30 pm to 7 pm at Angelika Film Center's Cafe
Closing Night Party: Thursday, July 20, 9 pm to 11 pm. Check website and social media.
More titles and full schedule of events and details will follow in the next week.