This is the 12th edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The festival has grown in size and reach to become the premier platform dedicated to Asian cinema and Asian-Canadian films in the country. This year also marks the debut of CinemaAsia, a collaboration of the Asian Institute at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto and Reel Asian. Bridging filmmakers, film critics and scholars, CinemAsia offers a series of special screenings and crucial talks and panels supplementing the rich offerings of the film festival. The premier CinemaAsia features a retrospective screening of the extraordinary and challenging Japanese director Sabu and a presentation on his films by U of T professor Eric Cazdyn, author of The Flash of Capital. During the festival itself, CinemaAsia will feature two panels: one on the past and future prospects of Hong Kong Cinema, in this its centenary year; and a second, moderated conversation between Canadian doc-maker Yung Chang and American filmmaker and NYU professor Christine Choy. The Asian Institute is Canada’s leading centre devoted to research and teaching, centred on Asian research and teaching. The Asian Institute is committed to bringing the community and university closer together and so we are thrilled to form this partnership with Reel Asian in the form of CinemaAsia. The festival’s strong support for Canada’s Asian communities in its programming and critical élan has always been one of its hallmarks. The 12th edition of the festival once again affirms a common spirit of intellectual curiosity and Canada’s cultural diversity in which the Asian Institute is an eager participant.
– Joseph Wong, director, Asian Institute
Hong Kong, 100 Years of Films: A Panel on the Centennial
Panel | THURS NOV 13 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Munk Centre RM 208N | Free
The Blessing Bell
Screening | FRI NOV 14 | 2:30 PM | Innis Town Hall | $10 GA / $7 Students
CinemAsia and Reel Asian are proud to present the Canadian premiere of Sabu’s 2002 film The Blessing Bell (more information).
In Conversation with Yung Chang and Christine Choy
Panel | FRI NOV 14 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Innis Café | Free with pre-registration via www.utoronto.ca/ai
A must-attend session with Oscar-nominated filmmaker (Who Killed Vincent Chin?) and chair of NYU’s graduate film and TV department Christine Choy, in conversation with Yung Chang, director of the acclaimed Up The Yangtze. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Aga Baranowska, Eric Cazdyn, Chris Chin, Colin Geddes, Nikole Herriott, Heather Keung, Peter Kuplowsky, Eileen Lam, Patricia Lee, Jeffrey Little, Alice Shih, Christina Sit Yee, Bart Testa, Deanna Wong, Joe Wong
Screening | TUE NOV 11 | 6:30 PM | Innis Town Hall
CinemAsia and Reel Asian are proud to present the Canadian premiere of Sabu’s 2000 film Monday (more information).
CinemAsia Sabu Soirée
TUE NOV 11 | 9:00 PM | Innis Café | 2 Sussex Avenue | $10 GA or free with CinemAsia’s screening of Monday ticket stub
On the eve of the festival, join the Munk Centre’s Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, host of a post-screening party in celebration of the debut of CinemAsia.