Asian American International Film Festival

New York City is about to enjoy another week of Asian American and Asian cinema with the 2011 Asian American International Film Festival, or AAIFF for short. Films of note include Amigo, Saigon Electric and Wedding Palace. See film descriptions below. The film festival begins August 10. For full details, tickets and more, visit http://www.aaiff.org/

Amigo movie

AMIGO
Directed by John Sayles
Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00PM 
at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas
260 West 23rd Street (7th & 8th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
It is the Philippines, 1900. Caught in the murderous cross-fire of the war, mayor Rafael (Joel Torre) falls under pressure to collaborate with American troops when they garrison his village. His brother Simón (Ronnie Lazaro), head of the local guerrillas, regards collaboration as treason. The fate of a nation unfolds in this lucid, compelling portrait of occupation. (121min)
 
Saigon Electric movie
SAIGON ELECTRIC 
Saturday, August 13 at 9:00PM 
at Chelsea Clearview Cinema
260 West 23rd Street (7th & 8th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
Directed by Stephane Gauger 
In the metropolis of Saigon, Mai (Van Trang), a traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside, meets tough street dancer Kim (Quynh Hoa) and soon becomes captivated by the city’s vibrant underground hip-hop scene. Representing the struggles of Vietnamese youth culture, this energetic film showcases bold, fresh talent with dynamic choreography and heartfelt narrative. (103min)
 
Wedding Palace movie
WEDDING PALACE
Directed by Christine Yoo
Sunday, August 14 at 8:30PM 
at Chelsea Clearview Cinema
260 West 23rd Street (7th & 8th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
WEDDING PALACE (directed by Christine Yoo): Jason (Brian Tee) is a 29-year-old advertising executive who must get married before his thirtieth birthday to avoid an ancient family curse. While on a business trip in Seoul, he meets Na-Young (Hye-jung Kang). Everything seems on track for the couple—until Na-Young’s arrival falls short of expectation. Can true love overcome all obstacles? (93min)