Podtalk: Sophia Wong Boccio on Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 17

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CHICAGO – Fall film festivals begin this week with Season 17 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema, curated by Executive Director/Founder Sophia Wong Boccio. Opening Night is Friday, September 8th, with the Japanese film “Yudo,” subtitled “The Way of the Bath,” directed by Masayuki Suzuki. For tickets and info, click APUC 17.

The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) will take place in Chicago between September 8th and October 7th, 2023, and for the first time will include film selections from Mongolia, Iran and Afghanistan, along with entries from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China and more. According to Sophia Wong Boccio, “Through the lenses of this season’s diversified filmmakers we are presenting a broad spectrum of films that are relevant and entertaining.”

APUC Season 17, September 8th - October 7th, 2023
Photo credit: AsianPopUpCinema.org

This season’s special guests appearing on behalf of their films include Amarsaikhan Baljinnyham, Ben Yuen, Dornaz Hajiha, Lawrence Kan, Lee Won Suk, Ng Siu Hin, Park Dong-Hee, Rachel Leung, Roya Sadat and Wong You Nam. South Korean actor Lee Sun-Kyun (“Parasite”) will be APUC’s Excellent Achievement in Film Award recipient and will receive his award before the feature presentation of the Closing Night film “Killing Romance.”

Season 17 screenings will take place primarily at the AMC New City 14 in the Clybourn corridor neighborhood, along with a special China showcase at at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Chicago Cultural Center in collaboration with the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival (September 30th and October 1st).

In a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, APUC Founder and Executive Director Sophia Wong Boccio on Season 17…

In a video clip, Sophia Wong Bocchio on her life with the Asian Pop-Up Cinema …

Trailer, Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season 17 …

Season 17 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema opens with Yudo” on September 8th, 2023, at AMC New City, 1500 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago. For a complete overview and schedule for the rest of the season, which takes place through October 7th, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Editor and Film Critic/Writer

© 2023 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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