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Tuesday, April 06, 2021
OSCAR NOM 'MINARI' AND OTHERS SCREEN AT APRIL ASIAN POP UP CINEMA - DRIVE IN 4/15- 5/2
ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA TO
SCREEN 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED ‘MINARI’
AND NINE PREMIERES AT THE
DRIVE-IN AT LINCOLN YARDS APRIL 15- MAY 2
FOUR ADDITIONAL OSCAR CONTENDERS
STREAMING APRIL 1-15
With one of its most diverse lineups, Asian Pop-Up Cinema:
Season 12 continues with a drive-in film festival, April 15 - May
2 at The Drive-In at Lincoln Yards, operated by local landmark cinema,
This season highlights
the best of Asian filmmaking, with a lineup of features from Hong Kong, Japan,
Taiwan, China, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Mongolia. In addition
to many international and U.S. premieres, the festival will screen five
official selections submitted for 2021 Academy Awards consideration.
will have a special screening on April 29 and May 1 at the Drive -In. Lee
Isaac Chung’s acclaimed film, nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best
Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original
Score, tells the story of a Korean family pursuing the American dream on an
Arkansas farm. Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in
Chicago, the screening will be free to the public with RSVP.
Nominated for Best
International Feature Film, BETTER DAYS is Hong Kong actor and director
Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang’s thriller following a bullied high schooler as she
prepares for her college entrance exam. Known for his critically acclaimed
debut Soul Mate (2017), Tsang’s latest drama is an insightful take on
oppressive societal pressures facing teenagers today.
Other Oscar submissions
include South Korea’s political drama THE MAN STANDING NEXT fromWoo
Min-ho, Malaysia’s horror film ROH from first-time director Emir Ezwan
and Japan’s TRUE MOTHERS, a touching story of adoption from
international festival favorite Naomi Kawase. All four titles will be streaming
via the festival’s screening partner Smart Cinema USA.
Programming is selected
by Festival Director and Founder Sophia Wong Boccio. “My mission for Asian
Pop-Up Cinema has always been to bridge eastern and western culture and expose the
general public to stories told by Asian filmmakers,” she said. “Given today’s
social and political climate, I’m prouder than ever to be providing the city
with an outlet that reinforces the commonalities we all share through a
familiar art form like film.”
The drive-in opens with
a screening of Centerpiece Film ONE SECOND CHAMPION, following a boxer
who is gifted with the ability to see one second into the future. A solo
directorial debut from Chiu Sin-hang, this underdog story shows how far a
single father would go to gain his son’s respect. Determination is also the
central theme in Lik Ho’s I STILL REMEMBER, an inspiring story of a
widower teacher and his former student who find solace in the sport of running.
Sponsored by HKETO NY, other Hong Kong selections include Closing Night’s READY
O/R KNOT, a quirky romantic comedy from first-time director Anselm Chan.
When a longtime couple has opposite views on marriage, an outright
battle-of-the-sexes ensues with the help of their scheming friends.
While varying in setting
and scope, the selected features have a common thread of our shared humanity.
Nontraditional family love is explored in the U.S. premiere of DEAR TENANT,
from director Cheng Yu-chieh, whose native Taiwan was the first Asian country
to legalize same-sex marriage. The perception of time is examined in Chen
Yu-hsun’s award-winning MY MISSING VALENTINE, a romantic comedy
following a woman who inadvertently skips a day of her own life.
Sponsored by Choose
Chicago, Japanese selection showcases complicated parental dynamics with
Shuichi Okita’s ONE SUMMER STORY following a high school girl’s search
for her biological father.
includes the North American premiere of first-time director Bae Jong-dae’sintense
drama BLACK LIGHT, U.S. premiere of Lee Don-ku’s quirky crime thriller FANFARE
and the Midwest premiere of Yoon Dan-bi’s slice-of-life debut feature, MOVING
ON. RSVP required. Free admissions courtesy of the Korea
“Filmmakers’ Talks'' will be included in the majority of feature presentations
with questionnaires provided by virtual moderators Mark Schilling for Japan,
Kevin Ma for Hong Kong, Darcy Paquet for South Korea and Pat McDonald for
THE DRIVE-IN AT LINCOLN YARDS:
The Drive-In at Lincoln Yards is located at 1684
N. Throop Street. Films will be shown at sunset on Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun nights and
will be shown once only.
Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival, is the brainchild of Sophia Wong
Boccio, founder of Sophia’s Choice, a Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit
incorporated in 2015 with the multi-pronged mission of cultivating an interest
in and understanding of Asian cultures via a diverse offering of Asian films;
connecting the Asian film industry with local Chicago film professionals,
educators and students; and promoting Chicago as a destination for
Fund; Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York; ADG Group; Choose
Chicago; The MacArthur Funds For Culture, Equity, And The Arts At The Richard
H. Driehaus Foundation; Taipei Cultural Center In New York; Korean Foundation;
Taipei Cultural Enter In New York; CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department
of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; Consulate General of the Republic of
Korea in Chicago; Consulate General of Canada in Chicago and Quebec Government
Office in Chicago.
New Screening partner: Smart Cinema USAis one of the leading
virtual cinemas and first choice place to watch Asian films. Not only release
latest blockbuster movies and award-winning arthouse movies, Smart Cinema also
entertain audience with innovative virtual premiere and watch party product
features. Smart Cinema is available on iOS/Android with Airplay and Chromecast
and on Vizio SmartCast. Secret: Free watch parties every week!