Alice Wu’s Saving Face will screen at the Egyptian Theatre on May 11th before it opens in theaters, May 27th.
For 28-year old New Yorker Wilhelmina “Wil” Pang (Michelle Krusiec), life is a juggling act between a promising career as a surgeon and her responsibilities as a dutiful daughter. Like the #7 train she takes to visit her Chinese family on a weekly basis, Wil is perpetually in transit between two worlds. Wil struggles to keep her budding relationship with gorgeous dancer Vivian (Lynn Chen) a secret while her widowed mother (Joan Chen) sets her up with eligible Chinese-American boys at the Friday Chinese socials. But everything changes when Wil comes home one night to find Mom on her doorstep – pregnant. Disgraced by the Chinese community, and with nowhere else to go, Mom moves in with her daughter. SAVING FACE is a romantic comedy about a daughter struggling to understand her mother’s heart and her own — it is the story of unspoken loves, contemporary and cultural taboos and the journey of two women towards living their lives honestly.
For more info, visit the American Cinematheque website.