The San Francisco International Film Festival may get most of the ink, but it isn't the only world-spanning film festival happening this weekend, as the Roxie hosts the second biennial San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Originally called the San Francisco Diasporic Vietnamese Film Festival for its one-day mara-thon in 2011, 2013's festival offers two days of movies, including narrative, experimental, and documentary works by filmmakers from Vietnam, Japan, France, Cambodia, and the United States.
Saturday's lineup begins at 2:40 p.m. with Hong-An Troung's split-screen experimental video series Adaptation Fever, followed by Lin+Lam's video essay on transportation methods in former colonial Asian cities, Departure. Things get sexy at 4:30 p.m. with Viet Lê's "sexperimental music video" Love Bang!, a queer sci-fi love story set to a song constructed of samples of Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" and Cher's "Bang Bang," followed immediately by a retrospective of the work of controversial filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi. At 6:30 p.m., Tony Nguyen's documentary Enforcing the Silence examines the unsolved 1981 murder of San Francisco-based activist Lam Duong, and the chilling effect his unsolved killing had on the local Vietnamese refugee community. The evening's feature presentation begins at 9:30 p.m.: Norwegian Wood, Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hùng's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's bestselling novel about love, loss, and death in 1960s Tokyo.
The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival runs April 27-28 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F. Admission is $10 per program; call 863-1087 or visit roxie.com.