'Children' to open L.A. Asian Pacific fest

Oscar-winning 'Departures' will close out event

Tze Chun's "Children of Invention" will open the 25th-anniversary edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which runs from April 30-May 7.

The fest will screen 181 films and videos from 26 countries at the DGA Theatre, Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatres, Downtown Independent Theatre, the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.

"We are excited to present the Los Angeles premiere screening of 'Children of Invention' as our opening-night film," said Abraham Ferrer, fest co-director and exhibitions director at Visual Communications, which presents the fest. "We have been following director Chun's career since his short 'Windbreaker' was presented at the 2007 festival."

"Treeless Mountain," directed by So Yong Kim, is slated as the LAAPFF Centerpiece film, screening May 2 at the DGA Theatre.

Closing out the eight-day fest will be the 2008 Academy Award-winning best foreign-language film "Departures," from director Yojiro Takita, screening May 7 at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the fest will present the 1988 Oscar-nominated documentary "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" from directors Christine Choy and Renee Tajima Pena, on May 2. The film kicks off a special retrospective series of Asian-American films that VC will be presenting over the next 12 months.

For more on the fest, visit www.vconline.org/ff09.
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