Facets Cinémathèque

Archives +

July 1–7, 2005


Film still: Face

with filmmaker
Bertha Bay-sa Pan

3 stars "It's a perceptively written and imaginatively directed film. But, most of all, it's brilliantly acted."
  —Chicago Tribune
"The director's attention to details of character and locale makes for a precise evocation of a New York seldom seen in feature films."
  —New York Times

A coming-of-age drama that tells an ultimately uplifting story about the importance of family and the role it plays in shaping a child's life. Genie (Kristy Wu) is a Chinese-American teenager who has been raised by her loving, but traditionally valued grandmother (Kieu Chinh, The Joy Luck Club). Abandoned by her mother, Kim (Bai Ling, Red Corner, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), just after giving birth to her, Genie is caught by her respect for her grandmother's values and her own feelings of love. Genie has caught the attention of a charming African-American DJ, Michael (Treach, hip hop group Naughty by Nature), but when Genie's grandmother learns that Michael is black, her traditional sensibilities threaten to ruin the only familial bond Genie has, forcing Genie to mature and at a time when she is should be primarily be concerned about enjoying her youth. Face addresses the increasingly common theme of intergenerational and intercultural conflict within immigrant families. A film with visual flair, musical inspiration and dramatic gravity. with performances that are rich in detail and intelligence.

Directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, 2002, U.S.A., 35mm, 89 mins.

Filmmaker Bertha Bay-Sa Pan will be here in person for a Q&A after the 7 & 9 p.m. shows on Friday, July 1 and the 5, 7 & 9 p.m. shows on Saturday, July 2.


  • Fri., July 1 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat.-Sun., July 2–3 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Mon.-Thurs., July 4–7 at 7 & 9 pm
Order tickets


$9 general admission

FREE for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation