With Oscar buzz galore, it’s hard to think of anything other than Avatar or red carpet dresses. But it’s also film festival season, and there are tons of indie films to keep an eye out for.
One indie film that’s getting a lot of buzz, and not just among Asian Americans, is Quentin Lee’s The People I’ve Slept With.
Yes, just as the title implies, there’s lots of sex in this daring romantic comedy. Its heroine, Angela Yang (played by Karin Anna Cheung of Better Luck Tomorrow), loves her some sex and apparently she’s not so picky about with whom. She keeps baseball cards of her conquests — with nicknames like Mystery Man, 5-Second-Guy, Mr. Hottie — to keep them straight.
For Angela, it’s a great life … that is, until she finds herself pregnant. Thus begins the journey to find the baby daddy. More photos and the trailer after the jump.
Slept With was written by Koji Steven Sakai, produced by Stanley Yung, and directed by Quentin Lee. The film stars Archie Kao as Jefferson “Mystery Man” Lee, Wilson Cruz as Angela’s gay best friend Gabriel, Lynn Chen as Angela’s super conservative sister, and James Shigeta as Angela’s father.
Variety said the film is “Quentin Lee’s fourth and best feature. Veteran James Shigeta scores as Angela’s wise, sprightly father.”
According to Filmmaker Magazine, the film updated “the typically bland Hollywood rom-com with some refreshing openness towards female sexuality and an appealing multiracial line-up.” The magazine also called Cheung and Kao “a radiant lead duo … who bring a star power and screen presence that not only match, but overshadow, the casts of any current Hollywood romance.”
High praise indeed. Check out the upcoming screenings of The People I’ve Slept With:
March 10 & 12 Omaha International Film Festival
March 13 Outfest Fusion Gala, Los Angeles
March 14 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
For more dates, including the Chicago Asian American Showcase in April, the VC Film Fest in L.A. in May, and Toronto in June, click here.
And for more photos and a peek at the trailer, keep reading.