Hazard Center’s UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas will once again be the hub for the West Coast’s biggest showcase of Asian and Asian American cinema. Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) from November 7-16, 2019. In its largest iteration yet, SDAFF will showcase more than 170 films from 29 countries in more than 40 different languages.
The fest serves as a cinematic playground for all—film lovers can choose from a plethora of genres: action, comedy, romance, drama, documentary, animation, family-friendly and much more.
We’ve assembled a few suggestions to help you navigate the films’ playing at UltraStar Cinemas. Purchase tickets at the UltraStar box office starting today, November 1!
Special Presentation: Straight Up
Sunday, November 10 at 6:55 PM
Todd is a gay man in his 20’s, and his love life is absolutely dead. Maybe because he’s…straight? After a therapist plants the possibility, he’s not who the world thinks he is, Todd decides to date like a bro, failing miserably until he meets Rory, a neurotic, struggling actress and fellow OCD enthusiast. Filled with irreverent and mile-a-minute banter, STRAIGHT UP’s triple threat director, writer, and lead actor James Sweeney has made a quirky and sharply funny comedy, one that plays on the slippages that occur when neuroses intersect with the messiness of queer identification.
Drama, Musical: Yellow Rose
Saturday, November 9 at 3:55 PM
Windblown Rose Garcia (two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada) is a seventeen-year-old, undocumented Filipino American living in a dusty motel with her widowed mother in a small Texas city. As a young DREAMer in the Lone Star state, Rose is in love with country music–writing songs, singing alone in her room, dreaming of a world she’s never seen. When Rose secretly takes a road trip to an Austin concert, an ICE raid at home forces her mother into a detention facility, leaving Rose suddenly alone and homeless. Constantly on the run, Rose experiences a deep, unrequited love with a home that also seeks to deny her existence and separate her family. As she bounces from ally to ally–including her estranged Tita Gail (Tony Award winner Lea Salonga) – Rose begins to discover where she truly belongs.
Monday, November 11 at 7:15PM
After her father dies, Acacia discovers she has two half-sisters when she sees their chats on his phone. From awkward funeral introductions to saving Dad’s hot pot restaurant, the three sisters reckon with painful pasts and how to form family on their own terms. Featuring an all-star cast with Sammi Cheng.
Drama: Send Me To The Clouds
Wednesday, November 13 at 5:40PM
Society tells Sheng Nan her life’s over because she doesn’t have a husband. A doctor’s report has even worse news. The chance to pay off medical bills by ghostwriting a rich man’s memoirs sends her to an enchanting faraway mountainside where she explores the intimacy she’s long repressed.