With the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival going on, festival director Chi-hui Yang is interviewed by New America Media. They ask him: What's next for Asian film?
They also get his answer on what happened to Asian films at the Oscars, but more importantly, what's he excited about? What's hot? Check it out:
Southeast Asia is really exciting right now. There are many dynamic, young filmmakers from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia who are making provocative, small, more formally interesting films. We have many of them in the festival this year, including Uruphong Raksasad’s Agrarian Utopia and Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Mundane History from Thailand.
These are quite personal, engaged films which are thinking deeply about the world around them, and tackling big ideas like globalization and the cosmic connections that can be made between one person and another. They are also the ones which are winning awards on the festival circuit. While there are many big, more blockbuster types of films being made from the traditional hubs of Asian cinema -- Japan, Korea, India -- it is the small films which are standing out.
He talks about the Philippines too. He also shares trailers for Agrarian Utopia and Mundane History. I've been dying to get my embedding fingerprints on a Mundane trailer, and now I can finally share one here.