Note: Showtime is noon. Running time is 110 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.
CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American 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.
“Touch of the Light,” Taiwan’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards, is a drama based on the life story of Huang Yu-Siang (starring as himself), a blind piano prodigy from rural Taiwan.
The story involves Huang and his relationship with Xiao Jie (Sandrine Pinna), a young girl dreaming of becoming a dancer who’s going through challenges of her own. Both Huang and Xiao Jie strive to overcome hurdles by taking inspiration from each other. The film’s Chinese title uses the character for Huang’s name to form the idiom “soaring in defiance against the light,” marking the film as a work about the triumphs of those who dare to dream.
This movie is the feature debut by Chang Jung-chi, a commercial and shorts director, and won him Best New Director honors at the 49th Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards. Both Huang and Pinna have won many accolades for their acting for this film. Pinna is a noteworthy Taiwanese actress known for her performances in “Miao Miao”(2008) and “Yang Yang” (2009), and won for Best Actress at the 14th Taipei Film Festival for this film.
Official selection of the Berlin, Busan, Dubai, Marrakech, Palm Springs, Taipei, Taipei Golden Horse and Tokyo film festivals
- FIPRESCI Prize and Best New Director, 49th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
- KNN Award (Audience Award), Busan International Film Festival
- Audience Choice Award and Best Actress (Pinna), 14th Taipei Film Festival