Queering the Canon: SAVING FACE (2004) - NewFest


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This playful and heartfelt NYC-set feature finds a Chinese-American surgeon falling for a ballet dancer and reconciling generational divides with her mother.


“A comic gem”The Hollywood Reporter

Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a dedicated Chinese-American surgeon living in Manhattan, meets and falls for ballet dancer Vivian (Lynn Chen) in this playful and heartfelt feature debut from writer/director Alice Wu (THE HALF OF IT).

Part of Queering the Canon: Rom-Coms
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Following a meet-cute at a community event, their flirtatious romance hits a roadblock when their traditional upbringing clashes with the demands of Wil’s career, and Wil’s in-denial mother (the luminous Joan Chen) reveals her own surprises. Together, they all shake up their chatty community in the process of finding themselves. 97 mins, 2004. 35mm screening.

The screening includes a special Q&A with writer/director Alice Wu.

Presented in Partnership with BAM


Alice Wu