Tonight and tomorrow at the Aero Theater on Montana in Santa Monica, Director Wayne Wang will be in attendance with two new cuts of his latest films as well as two screenings of his other films. Wang is a well known for his amazingly broad career in the industry. He has worked on many different types of films, from indie hit Chas is Missing and Smoke to The Joy Luck Club and Maid in Manhattan. Wang explores cultural, racial and economic issues from all ends of the spectrum. This special tribute showcases several of his finest works, including sneak previews of his latest, A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS and THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA.
The Double Feature begins at 7:30pm with a sneak preview of A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS:
Once again, director Wayne Wang beautifully explores the struggle between freedom and traditional family duty with the story of a father and daughter who’ve become strangers as a consequence of the censorship of Maoist China. Mr. Shi (a superb performance by Henry O), a retired widower from Beijing, comes to the United States to help his only daughter, Yilan (Faye Yu), through a divorce, but he soon learns that his goals are in direct conflict with her desire to move on. Winner of four awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Then Wayne Wane will have a discussion with questions from the audience about any and all of his works. Lastly, they will screen a new cut of DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART:
In this heartfelt gem, a young woman in Chinatown struggles between her desire to marry and her need to take care of her aging mother. One of Wayne Wang’s earliest and best examinations of the tension between individual desire and familial responsibility.
What: A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS and DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART with Director Wayne Wang in person!
When: 7:30pm, Wednesday August 6th
What: PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA and CHINESE BOX with Director Wayne Wang in person!
When: 7:30pm, Thursday August 7th
- Where: The Areo Theater – 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica (Map)
- How Much: $7 for Members, $8 for Students/Seniors, $10 for General Admission