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classcenterImageclassulclassliofficial siteclasslishowtimesThe AZN TV channel has been promoting the heck out of its Cinema AZN special on Friday featuring this movie. They've done at least three extended-length commercials about the movie.

Looked pretty good from the commercials. The movie is about half in English, half in Mandarin (lots of typical mom speaks in native language, child responds in English interaction) with the Mandarin parts subtitled. Also, all the Mandarin in the commercials was on the simple side (perhaps because many second generation immigrants are not completely fluent in their parents' language).

Of course, I'm aware that they probably showed some of the best parts in the commercials.

Note that this is a movie that is being shown in limited release in theaters (not on TV—sorry, I don't have post icons for “in theaters”, only “on the air”).

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"Saving Face" is an Asian-American feature film starring Joan Chen opening Memorial Day weekend in NY/LA.
  
Will Smith is one of the producers and the film is distributed by Sony Picture Classics.

How well this film does on the various opening weekends helps the studio decide what other cities to open in and how long it will stay in theaters. It also affects the future of how Hollywood will promote and support Asian American films in the future.
  
"Saving Face" is a romantic comedy about a daughter struggling to understand her mother's heart, which ultimately allows her to understand her own.

It is a story of unspoken loves, contemporary and cultural taboos, and the journey of two women towards living their lives honestly.

Translation: Joan Chen shows up at her daughter's place pregnant and wanting to move in. And her daughter has a secret. She hasn't come out of the closet to her mom. Yet. But the other girlfriend is Asian too so no interracial stuff here.
  
Because "Saving Face" is an indie film, it has a small budget for marketing and will do well strictly on word-of-mouth. Please post this for your readers, forward to your mailing lists, organize a viewing party, tell your friends in NY and LA, or just come out opening weekend in your city!
  
See the trailer at:
Saving Face

Doublecheck listings in your area. If the movie does not do well in NY and LA, it may not make it out to the other cities.

This is showing at the Seattle Int'l Film Festival starting this weekend so I'm crossing my fingers.
  
NYC AND LA - 5/27
SAN FRANCISCO - 6/3
BOSTON - 6/3
ATLANTA - 6/24
CHICAGO - 6/10
DALLAS- 6/17
HOUSTON -6/17
DENVER 7/1
DETROIT 6/24
MIAMI 6/17
MINNEAPOLIS 6/24
SEATTLE 6/24
ST. LOUIS 6/24
WASHINGTON 6/24

I've checked the Landmark Theatre Bay Area listings and "Saving Face" will open in San Fran and East Bay Friday, Jun 3.
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First-time director began "Saving Face" in Seattle

The Seattle premiere has been moved up another week to Jun 10!

By John Hartl
Special to The Seattle Times

Alice Wu's charming debut movie, "Saving Face," is set in New York. But it was born in Seattle in the late 1990s, when she worked at Microsoft, lived on Capitol Hill and took a University of Washington course in screenwriting.

"I was 28, and I decided to chuck everything," she said during a Seattle International Film Festival visit (the movie opens this Friday at the Harvard Exit for a regular run). "I gave myself five years to make it."

Go here for the rest of the interview

Read what she has to say about communities and why she chose NYC for the location.


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