SFGVFF :: Cuong Ngo — Pearls of the Far East
Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Cuong Ngo's PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST (Canada, Việt Nam | 2011 | drama | 103min) threads the inner lives and forbidden loves of seven Vietnamese women, with breathtaking scenes filmed throughout Việt Nam. Adapted from award-winning stories by Minh Ngoc Nguyen, produced by award-winning filmmakers Igor Szczurko & Tom Yarith Ker, Cuong Ngo (pronounced 'Kun Nyo') weaves a vivid, timeless and unforgettable tapestry with characters brought to life by a gorgeous cast of acclaimed talent from Việt Nam, U.S. and Canada. Seven interrelated short films depict women who are unable to attain love, focusing on their feelings of loneliness and unrequited sense of longing. The film crosses generations, reflecting the different stages of love, beginning with a pair of children and ending with a lonely retired actress. Ngo draws attention to women in Việt Nam and their emotional battles with desire and repression. The star-studded cast includes actresses Truong Ngoc Anh (THE WHITE SILK DRESS, 2006), Nhu Quynh (VERTICAL RAY OF THE SUN, 2000), Hong Anh (MOON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL, 2009), Ngo Thanh Van (THE CLASH, 2010, THE REBEL, 2007), Minh Ngoc Nguyen, and the legendary Kieu Chinh (JOY LUCK CLUB, 1993).
Doors open 5:45 pm
Screening begins 6:00 pm
Screening ends 7:45 pm
Located at the Roxie Theater (3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103), this event is part of the San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival, which centers the histories and imaginaries of those in Việt Nam and in the diaspora—through narrative, documentary, and experimental genres.
For a complete program visit sfgvff.wordpress.com.
When & Where
San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival, a project of Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network
The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival (April 26-28, 2013) is a biennial film and video showcase centering Vietnamese filmmakers in Việt Nam and the diaspora—a international vision reflecting a transnational reality. SFGVFF is the first and only festival of its kind in the Bay Area. With an Opening Night Gala ($10, 7:30-10pm, 4/26) at Artists Television Access (992 Valencia St), the SFGVFF runs from 2:30pm to midnight each day, April 27-28, 2013, at the historic Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) built in 1909 in the Mission district of San Francisco. Guest director talks and Q&A discussion with Bay Area filmmakers Việt Lê and Tony Nguyen. Each screening is $10, and may include multiple films or events. We expect over 2,000 attendees. Sponsored in part by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SFGVFF is part of the 2013 United States of Asian America Festival. For a complete schedule or to buy advanced tickets, visit the festival website at: sfgvff.wordpress.com.
Our film festival is organized biennially by the core members and staff of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) is a San Francisco-based organization established to promote artists from the Vietnamese diaspora whose work in literature, visual art, film, and performance art enriches Vietnamese American local communities and strengthens ties amongst Vietnamese across the globe. Unlike many other Vietnamese art organizations, DVAN is international in scope, which enables the Vietnamese American community in the Bay Area to know Vietnamese artists from different parts of the world. We accomplish this mission through the sponsorship of exhibits, symposiums, publications, festivals, readings, and other cultural/art events. DVAN was formally established in the winter of 2007 and received fiscal sponsorship from Intersection for the Arts (through its Incubator program) in February 2008.