By Andy Lauer | Indiewire April 8, 2009 at 8:12AM
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) has announced a program of 35 feature films and 146 shorts for its 25th anniversary. The festival, which runs April 30 to May 7, will showcase Asian and Asian American films from 26 countries.
The festival is set to open with Tze Chun's "Children of Invention," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "We are excited to present the Los Angeles premiere screening of 'Children of Invention' as our Opening Night film,” states Abraham Ferrer, Exhibitions Director at Visual Communications (VC) and Film Festival Co-Director. “We have been following director Chun’s career since his short, 'Windbreaker,' was presented at the 2007 Festival. We are honored to have him return and present his latest effort as his Los Angeles premiere."
Other highlights of the festival include screenings of So Yong Kim’s "Treeless Mountain" and closing night film Yojiro Takita's "Departures," which received the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Shinae Yoon, VC Executive Director remarked that “presenting Japan’s first Best Foreign Language Oscar winning film is a perfect conclusion to the Silver Anniversary Festival Week Activities."
Finally, in celebration of the fest's 25th anniversary, there will be a special screening of the 1988 documentary "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" from directors Christine Choy and Renee Tajima Pena. The film kicks off a special retrospective series of Asian American films that VC will be presenting over the next 12 months.
For the complete line up of films visit the festival's official website.