Note: Showtime is 12:40 p.m. Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $10 as part of a CAAMFest 6-Pack, $10 for CAAM members, $11 for students, seniors (65+) and the disabled, and $12 general, available at the CAAMFest Web site. Tickets CAN and WILL sell out, so get yours sooner rather than later. We'll meet in the ticket holders' line, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.
CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian Film Festival) takes place March 14 through 24 at venues across the Bay Area, showcasing film, music, food and digital media by some of the world's leading Asian and Asian American artists.
"Beautiful 2012," a four-film omnibus sponsored by Youku (China's largest video hosting service), showcases new works by Tsai Ming-liang ("Goodbye, Dragon Inn"), Ann Hui ("A Simple Life"), Kim Tae-yong ("Memento Mori") and Gu Changwei ("Peacock") built on the themes of life, death, unhappiness and beauty.
Synopsis: In Kim's "You Are More than Beautiful," a man visiting his dying father hires a young woman to pose as his fiancee. Tsai's "Walker" follows, in documentary style, a Buddhist monk on a snail's-pace walk through urban Hong Kong. "Long Tou" by Gu takes an experimental look at the lives of ordinary Beijing citizens wrestling with the weight of expectations. Hui's "My Way" stars Francis Ng as a pre-op transsexual nervously awaiting his procedure.
"You Are More than Beautiful" trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vqV5xuZo3U
"My Way" trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=admNkGjA2nc
"Rarely do omnibus films work. ... 'Beautiful 2012,' commissioned by the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Youku (China's version of Youtube), is atypical of the omnibus situation, combining four solid films of individual verve into a consistent whole." -- Kathie Smith, Twitch Film
"All are singular and absorbing pieces." -- Mark Adams, Screen Daily
Official selection of the BFI London, Busan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei film festivals
We'll meet and greet after the movie. See you there!