“Americanese” a film from Director Eric Byler, is being screened at a one-night engagement on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle). Director Eric Byler and author Shawn Wong will be at the screening in person
This “Americanese” is co-presented by University of Washington Creative Writing Program
In 2006, SIFF presented writer-director Eric Byler’s Americanese, a penetrating anti-romance adapted from UW professor Shawn Wong’s best-selling 1995 novel “American Knees.” Aurora and Raymond are an Asian American couple on the outs. They both move on to new to relationships but Raymond has trouble letting go—to the point where he visits her apartment when she’s not there. Ultimately, Americanese explores how racism can damage even the most intimate relationships.
Filled with lush, dreamlike imagery and sharply realized emotions, the film gained critical accolades, won the Audience and Jury awards at SXSW, and was bought for theatrical distribution. Then it disappeared. SIFF Cinema welcomes back this “lost” film for a special encore screening.