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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Gala Presentations

Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind events! Slated for the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo and the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood, Gala Presentations pay tribute to and celebrate the best and brightest of Asian American & Pacific Islander cinema.

  1. Better Luck Tomorrow

    Justin Lin / Gala Presentations, Special Presentation / USA / 2002 / 101 mins
    OPENING NIGHT FILM | SPECIAL RARE SUNDANCE CUT! Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BLT (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin and cast in attendance!

    Precedes: Opening Night Gala


    The Egyptian Theatre
    April 27, 2017 7:00 pm

  2. Gook

    Justin Chon / Gala Presentations, Narrative Competition / USA / 2016 / 94 mins
    CENTERPIECE FILM | Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

    Preceded by: Hold On


    Aratani Theatre
    April 29, 2017 8:00 pm RUSH ONLY

  3. Columbus

    Kogonada / Gala Presentations, Narrative Competition / USA / 2016 / 104 mins
    CLOSING NIGHT FILM | Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

    Precedes: Closing Night Gala


    Directors Guild of America
    May 4, 2017 7:00 pm