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San Diego Asian Film Festival And German Currents Kick Off This Week

Film Festivals Showcase Works From Around The Globe

Above: Japan's "Cold Fish" is part of the Asian Extreme program at this year's 12th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Aired 10/18/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Brian Hu, Associate Artistic Director, San Diego Asian Film Festival

Mona Mukherjea-Gehrig, Director, German Currents of San Diego

Transcript

This week filmgoers can sample works from around the globe with the San Diego Asian Film Festival and the new German Currents both kicking off this week.

SDAFF is celebrating it's 12th season and will showcase 160 shorts, features, and documentaries from Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Iran, and more. The festival welcomes a new associate artistic director in Brian Hu. He is credited with bringing a little edgier selection in films. Once again there will be an Asian Extreme program, this year featuring "Cold Fish" and "Yakuza Weapon," as well as a free screening of an old classic, Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "A City of Sadness." This is the first time since the festival's inaugural year that it is making a showcase for older films. (In its first year two Suzuki Seijun films from the 1960s screened, "Branded to Kill" and "Tokyo Drifter.")

There is also a focus on gay themes in Asian and Asian American cinema with one of the centerpieces being Patrick Wang's "In the Family." Here's a trailer:

Video

Trailer "In the Family"

IN THE FAMILY trailer from Patrick Wang on Vimeo.

Above: Trailer for "In the Family"

SDAFF kicks off Thursday night and runs through October 28 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center.

"Mahler on the Couch" is one of 4 features showcased in the new German Currents of San Diego.

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Above: "Mahler on the Couch" is one of 4 features showcased in the new German Currents of San Diego.

The newest kid on the block for film festivals is German Currents of San Diego, taking place October 22-23 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The festival will showcase 4 new German films that may challenge preconceptions about what Germany is like today. Here's a trailer from Tom Tykwer's new film "Drei (Three)."

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