VAFF 16: Day 3 | Program 10
Tuesday October 9, 2012
PROGRAM 10 – LOVE IS IN THE AIR
DAY 3 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2012 | 9:30 PM
CINEPLEX ODEON INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE CINEMAS
If home is where the heart is then the cities presented in this program will also capture your mind and soul. An urban and sophisticated New York city serves as a backdrop for two strangers with a communication hurdle to explore in LOVE, NY. We will then be transported to lush and gorgeous Hawaii in KNOTS. A VAFF alum, director Michael Kang, takes on a story with a different edge than his previous grittier films THE MOTEL (VAFF ’05) and WEST 32nd (VAFF ’08) by showing Hawaii as who she really is. Instead of the typical tourist destination fare Hawaii is usually known for, KNOTS presents us with real characters with real problems of finding meaningful relationships, excelling in professional lives and of course, dealing with family in a charmingly heartfelt package.
DIRECTOR: Michael Kang
PRODUCERS: Roy Tjioe, Ricardo S. Galindez, Kimberly-Rose Wolter, Michael Kang
WRITERS: Kimberly-Rose Wolter
USA | 2011 | Narrative | Blu-ray | Colour | 77 mins | English
Previous Screenings/Awards: Opening Night Gala Presentation – SFIAAFF 2012; San Diego Asian Film Festival 2011, Hawaii Intl Film Festival 2011, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2012, Chicago Asian American Showcase 2012
In the UN-romantic comedy Knots, matriarch Miriam (Illeana Douglas) is three times divorced, with one daughter born from each husband. What ensues is a recipe for comical family strife as the daughters finally reach the breaking point of addressing feelings repressed thanks to mom’s poor choices in men. When eldest daughter Lily (Kimberly Rose-Wolter) rejects her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, she decides to return home to Hawaii for family support. It turns out the family is having troubles of their own – their wedding planning business is being run into the ground by Lily’s two halfsisters Twinny (Mia Riverton) and Hoku (Janel Parrish). It’s left to Lily to get things on the right track. If things couldn’t get worse, Lily’s ex-boyfriend Kai (Sung Kang) enters the picture, as does a surprise reveal that makes reconciliation no easy matter.
With Knots, director Michael Kang (The Motel; West 32nd) vibrantly interweaves multiple storylines together in this brisk, delightful film. As the title Knots implies, no family is too non-traditional, no relationship too unexpected, for the ties that bind.
DIRECTOR: Vincent Lin
PRODUCER: Matthew D’Amato
USA | 2011 | Narrative | Blu-ray | Colour | 15 mins | Korean & English with English subtitles
Previous Screenings/Awards: Best Short – DisOrient Film Festival 2012; Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival (NY), Boston International Film Festival, Las Vegas International Film Festival
A jaded bartender takes a lost tourist on an unforgettable adventure in the city that never sleeps.