- Golden Delicious
- Jason Karman
- 119 DCP
- June 6 (Tuesday) 7:00
The feature debut of Vancouver-based director Jason Karman is a classic coming-of-age drama set in the digital age. Everyone wants something from high-school senior Jake (Cardi Wong): his father is pushing him to try out for the basketball team—an abandoned dream of his own—and his girlfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level. But it’s not until Aleks (Chris Carson), an openly gay teen with a love for basketball, moves in across the street that Jake begins to struggle with his own desires.
“Working with the youth, I have seen how social media puts enormous pressure on young minds. We are exposed to a confusing world that often defends toxic behaviour and celebrates questionable role models. Additionally, one has cultural elements like ‘saving face’ that one must deal with. ‘Saving face’ is a strategy to avoid humiliation or embarrassment as a method of survival and a core social value in Asian culture; sexuality is often hidden to ‘save face.’ This film continues my exploration of how social media perspectives can connect us but also amplify emotions and alienate us. Golden Delicious shows that kids of immigrant families can manage this and, in the end, become stronger.” —Jason Karman
Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Overall Film (People’s Choice)
Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2022
Director Jason Karman will participate in a post-screening Q&A hosted by the KFFC
Presented with the 10th Korean Film Festival Canada
The Korean Film Festival Canada (KFFC) is a Montreal-based non-profit arts organization that specializes in thematic festivals presenting films from Korea, Canada, and beyond. This year, the KFFC celebrates its 10th edition and 27 years since the creation of Arts East-West (formerly Ciné-Asie), producer of the festival. Focusing on Asian empowerment and diasporic arts through cinema, new media, and visual arts, the innovative projects of Arts East-West span exhibitions, seminars, workshops, and publications facilitating Asian arts.