Wednesday, March 15, 2006

"Perhaps Love" Bookend 49th San Francisco International Film Festival

Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love" will open the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, organizers of the event, revealed this week. Chan will attend the event at the historic Castro Theatre along with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and visiting Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe. Seen through a series of flashbacks and "film-within-a-film numbers," "Perhaps Love" is described by the event as a "lavish and heartfelt romantic triangle set in Shanghai and Beijing," starring Jacky Cheung ("July Rhapsody"), Zhou Xun ("Suzhou River"), Takeshi Kaneshiro ("House of Flying Daggers") and Jee Jin-hee ("If You Were Me"). The film was Hong Kong's official entry for best foreign-language consideration for the 78th Academy Awards.

A scene from Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love," which will open the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival. Image courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.

"We are very excited to welcome Peter Chan back to the International and to open for the first time with a film from Hong Kong," commented Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society in a statement about the opening film. "'Perhaps Love' is an ambitious and richly satisfying work. Full of artistry in every frame, it blends Asian and Western musical and romantic cinematic influences to create an epic, elegiac tale of love and loss."

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