The 16th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival features works from new talents across Asia— from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and across Southeast Asia.
Liu Yulin's first feature Someone to Talk To, an honest and perceptive film about relationships, premiered at Busan, while Close Knit, an observational drama that explores transgender existence in Japan, won Naoko Ogigami the Teddy Prize at this year's Berlinale. Wong Chun's Mad World debut registers him at the vanguard of a wave of directors transforming Hong Kong cinema; Zhang Lu's first film A Quiet Dream confirms South Korea's formidable independent filmmaking scene. Japanese filmmaker Kei Ishikawa's Venice-premiering debut Traces of Sin wraps an indictment of class warfare in a seductive yet ultimately perverse mystery. Midi Z's The Road to Mandalay, which chronicles two Burmese immigrants flight from their country's civil war in search of a new life in Thailand, won Best Film at Venice's Settimana della Critica.
The New York Asian Film Festival runs June 30 - July 16th at Lincoln Center.