|Asia Society Texas Center presents in partnership with Rice Cinema, Rice University Chao Center for Asian Studies, and Rice University Office of Multicultural Community Relations|
Asian Film Festival 2010
Series highlights screen hits from South Korea, Japan, India
Scene from Mother, the tense drama from South Korea that opens this year's Asian Film Festival.
A South Korean film described as "Hitchcockian," together with a sensitively drawn Oscar-winner from Japan and an Indian movie that "reinvents the musical love story," compose the bill of fare for Asian Film Festival 2010 at Rice University.
Mother, a 2009 film directed by South Korea's Joon-Ho Bong, opens the three-evening festival on Oct. 1. Winner for Best Actress, Best Film and Best Screenplay at this year's Asian Film Awards, it asks the question how far will a mother go to protect her child if the child is accused of murder. J. Hoberman in The Village Voice called the film "deftly plotted, applying Hitchcockian suspense with a Hitchcockian sense of fair play."
A reception hosted by Asia Society Texas Center will follow the screening of Mother.
The festival continues on Oct. 2 with Departures, directed by Yôjirô Takita. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture, this 2008 Japanese film examines the lives of the men and women who care for the dead and prepare the dead for their departure.
Dev.-D, based on the classic Bengali novel Devdas, concludes the festival on Oct. 3. Anurag Kashyap directed this 2009 movie, which relocates the often-adapted romantic tale to today's India and follows a couple across continents and cultures. "Don't miss this film which completely reinvents the musical love story," said Times of India's Nikhat Kazmi.
Show times are 7 p.m. each night at the Rice Media Center, Entrance 8 on the Rice campus (Stockton at University Boulevard). Admission is free, and the public is invited.
For more information contact Fritz Lanham, director of programs, at 713-439-0051 Ext. 17, FritzL@asiasociety.org.