Catty book clubs, the history of roti, Salman Rushdie, open relationships and of course, Keanu Reeves: Cinema Asian America has it all, and more this November. Fourteen fantastic films will vie for your attention, and all are must-sees. Our new releases feature the latest from San Francisco’s Rich Wong (“Colma: The Musical”), “Yes, We’re Open,” a romantic comedy of manners that finds a couple experimenting with introducing new elements into their relationship. In a specially curated collection of “South Asian Films” made by diasporic makers in the US and Canada, comes Deepa Mehta’s (“Water”) long awaited adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s celebrated novel “Midnight’s Children.”
Alongside these two films are a dozen more that showcase some of the most interesting and vital filmmaking taking place in the US and abroad.
Sharing two actresses with “Yes, We’re Open” is the hit webisode series “Nice Girls Crew,” on exclusive offer this month on Xfinity. Featuring Lynn Chen and Sheetal Sheth from “Yes” alongside Michelle Krusiec, this five-episode series chronicles the antics of three best friends who seek refuge in a book club that never gets to the books…
Held over from last month are three hot titles: Evan Leong’s basketball chronicle “Linsanity,” Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut “The Man from Tai Chi” and Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath’s 20-years in the making, Oscar nominated documentary, “Nerakhoon – The Betrayal.”
Our selection of South Asian Films features some of the finest independent filmmakers working today. Food is common thread, winding through Richard Fung’s eye-opening and mouth-watering documentary “Dal Puri Diaspora,” a time/travelogue exploring how roti migrated from India to the Caribbean, and David Kaplan’s kitchen comedy “Today’s Special” featuring the Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi.
Two slightly off-kilter family comedies are available this month: Sarba Das’ raucous Hoboken-set “Karma Calling” where the underworld, call centers and weird families intermingle, and Nisha Ganatra’s “Cosmopolitan”, starring Roshan Seth as a middle aged bachelor who finds his solace in Bollywood and a next door neighbor.
From experimental and documentary filmmaker Sonali Gulati comes “I Am,” the chronicle of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi to finally confront the loss of her mother, and from the director of “Nice Girls Crew” Tanuj Chopra, is his feature debut film, the powerful, “Punching at the Sun,” where in the aftermath of 9/11 and his brother’s murder, a South Asian teen living in Queens struggles to keep his anger in check.
• Drug War, Johnnie To, Hong Kong
• Linsanity, Evan Leong
• The Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves
• Nice Girls Crew, Tanuj Chopra
• Nerakhoon – The Betrayal, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
• Shootout at Wadala, Sanjay Gupta
• Yes, We’re Open, Rich Wong
South Asian Films:
• Cosmpolitan, Nisha Ganatra
• Dal Puri Diaspora, Richard Fung
• I Am, Sonali Gulati
• Karma Calling, Sarba Das
• Punching at the Sun, Tanuj Chopra
• Midnight’s Children, Deepa Mehta, Canada/India
• Today’s Special, David Kaplan