The Asian World Film Festival, in collaboration with the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles and the Asia Society Southern California, will host a special Taiwan Film Day on Sunday, June 5 at the Landmark in Westwood. Screening of American Girl will take place at 4 p.m., followed by a reception and Q&A with the film’s Taiwanese director Fiona Feng-I Roan and producer Clifford Miu, who has won and been nominated at multiple major film festivals.
Set against the emergence of the SARS virus in 2003, the award-winning family drama follows 13-year-old Fen, who is uprooted from her home in Los Angeles after her mother is stricken with cancer. Fen’s tumultuous relationship with her mother worsens as she adjusts to her new life and school in Taipei and reconnects with her long-separated father.
The film, which stars Caitlin Fang, Karena Lam, and Kaiser Chuang, was an official selection in the Asian Future section of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2021.
The film was nominated for five Golden Horse Awards, including Best New Actress (Caitlin Fang), Best New Director (Giorgos Valsamis), Audience Choice Award, and the FIPRESCI Prize.
The film was also nominated for 12 awards at the 24th Taipei Film Festival, and it is one of Taiwan’s entries in this year’s international new director competition.
Source: Asian World Film Festival