Los Angeles readers: I hope you have cleared your schedules. All others: read on to see what’s new and fabulous.
VC FilmFest 2005 fires up its engines tomorrow night with the Opening Night Celebration of Alice Wu’s SAVING FACE. A female surgeon in New York must deal with her disgraced pregnant mother moving in with her while trying to keep secret her gorgeous dancer girlfriend.
Three programs of short films will be presented Friday evening, as well as the documentaries SHAPE OF THE MOON, QUEEN OF ASIA, and GOOD FOR HER. A preview of Jet Li’s latest, UNLEASHED, will entice Midnight viewers.
Saturday is full to bursting, with seven programs of shorts, the documentaries MONKEY DANCE and IT GOES ON: THE UNDOCUMENTED IS DOCUMENTED, the experimental TOKYO MAGIC HOUR, and the retrospective screening of ONCE WERE WARRIORS.
Saturday evening highlights include Quentin Lee’s excellent, heartfelt ETHAN MAO at 7:00 pm; a tough choice between James Lee’s heralded THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE at 9:00 pm and Kenneth Bi’s RICE RHAPSODY at 9:30 pm; and the Midnight screening of THREE: EXTREMES.
Sunday shapes up as another full day, with more shorts programs, the documentaries 62 YEARS AND 6,500 MILES BETWEEN, COSMIC CURRENT, TO YOU SWEETHEART ALOHA, WHAT’S WRONG WITH FRANK CHIN?, and the narrative features PERTH, SLOW JAM KING, and the intriguing UNTITLED ASIAN INVASION EXTRAVAGANZA.
My pick for Sunday is PARADISE GIRLS. In this drama, three women living in different countries have different reactions to very trying circumstances. Even though it’s deliberately paced, it is fascinating to watch, and the director’s composition and pacing are spot on.
The festival continues on Monday through next Thursday, when the closing night film will be Georgia Lee’s RED DOORS.
Check the festival web site carefully for film descriptions, showtimes, and locations, as the venues change daily.