Asian World Film Festival to Open with Marvel’s ETERNALS in November

The 2021 Asian World Film Festival kicks off on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. PT with a red carpet and a screening at 7:00 p.m. PT with the highly anticipated Marvel Studios from Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao ‘ Eternals, with Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie. Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Arunrasmy, whose late father, His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia was both a prolific filmmaker and a leader, will declare the festival open from the Landmark Theaters stage on West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. . The first Bruce Lee Award winner will be announced this year by Shannon Lee, daughter of the legendary actor, at the screening.

“We are thrilled to bring Eternals to the big screen to an in-person audience at a time when moviegoers around the world are recognizing the creative power of Asian voices,” said Georges N. Chamchoun, Executive Director of AWFF. “Chloe Zhao is emblematic of the history and promise of Asian artists and ideal for launching 11 Days of the Best of Asian Cinema Today. I would like to add that this has been one of the most difficult years in 53 years in Biz – but also know that this 7th edition will be an unforgettable year! “

AWFF, now in its seventh year, celebrates the work of Asian-born filmmakers and strengthens ties between the Hollywood and Asian entertainment industries. This year’s screenings and festivities take place November 1-11, 2021, and include 30 outstanding films from over 20 countries.

Marvel Studios’ Eternals follows a group of heroes from beyond the stars who have protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called Deviants, long considered lost in history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to come together to defend humanity once again.

Zhao, who co-wrote Eternals, is the second woman and the first woman of color to win the Oscar for Best Director. She got it for Nomadland (2020), which also won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the BAFTAs for Best Feature Film and Best Director, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Oscar for best film and many more. The Snow Leopard Award for Outstanding Cinematic Achievement is AWFF’s highest honor and was launched with the Snow Leopard Trust to raise awareness about the endangered snow leopard and its endangered Asian mountain ecosystem. Zhao will receive the award at the closing night of the festival on November 11.

Created in partnership with the Bruce Lee Foundation, The Bruce Lee Award is an award given to an individual who is currently working in the film industry and whose efforts in the field of martial arts action have created a legacy of innovation and excellence as well as a capacity to build a bridge between east-west culture.

Festival sponsors and partners include Aitysh Film, The City of Culver City, DAO Medical Group, The One Heart Movement, Winn Slavin Fine Art, Stars Collective & Starlight, Snow Leopard Trust, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Korean Cultural Center, LA , Asia Society, Asia Group Plus Holdings, Dutcher Crossing Winery, CBN 14.5, GDN STUDIOS (Nigeria), Variety, AKIpress, Art Confidential Magazine, The Landmark, SPRK Music, Prodocbus, Sparklight, Moredii, Novartizan, Asiania, AiKhun Entertainment, Fifth Atrium, DeJong Film, Beirut Film Society, Wende Museum of the Cold War, Jackson’s Market & Cafe, L’Amai, Emporium Thai, Kitchen 51, La Cuisine avec Chef Josette & Normandy Country Bakery and Gaby’s Mediterranean LA.

Covid-19 Protocol: AWFF is committed to ensuring the safety of all participants at all events and venues by adhering to standards set by Los Angeles.

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