THURSDAY: The Opening Night program of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens Justin Lin's Finishing the Game (2007), a comedy about the search for a Bruce Lee stand-in 7 p.m. A reception follows at the Asian Art Museum. Movie and party $60, movie only $40, party only $30.
FRIDAY: SFIAAFF The late 1980s live again in Summer Palace (Lou, China) 7 p.m. A rare 35mm ‘Scope print of John Carpenter's cult favorite Big Trouble in Little China 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF It's back to her future for a time-traveling, animated The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Hosoda, Japan) 1 p.m. Top Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai is a British Mistress of Spices (Berges, U.K.) 3:30 p.m. A Hollywood actor inherits his grandmother's Shanghai home and a Shanghai Kiss (Konwiser and Ren) 6 p.m. "Sing-a-long Flower Drum Song" gives audiences a chance to join in the tunes of the 1961 Henry Koster musical with Nancy Kwan and James Shigeta 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF A screening of a rare silent, Pavement Butterfly (Richard Eichberg, Germany/U.K., 1929), with Anna May Wong. Live accompaniment by Robert Israel on the Mighty Wurlitzer 12:30 p.m. Everybody's jealous in Lee Jun-ik's gender-bending period piece King and the Clown 2:45 p.m. Arthur Dong's video documentary on Hollywood Chinese(Dong) 6 p.m.Aishwarya Rai returns in a remake of a Bollywood classic, Umrao Jaan (Dutta, India) 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A Michelangelo Antonioni series opens with his chemical romance Red Desert (Italy, 1964) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Ennui for two and Antonioni for tea over one long La Notte (Italy, 1961) 8 p.m.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 17 & 18): Learn all about All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 16 & 17): The Late Night Picture Show premieres Pervert (Jonathan Yudis, 2006), about a "flesh eating sex freak" in what's billed as a homage to Russ Meyer. Faster Pussycat? Grill! Grill! midnight.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
DAILY: Get your Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961) right here, every night through March 25 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 donation.
TUESDAY (March 20): A retrospective of the films of Helmut Käutner screens Auf Wiedersehn, Franziska (Germany, 1941), a Nazi-era romantic melodrama, very fluidly directed with consistently interesting choices for camera placement. Still, like other films of the era, it has an airless, hermetic feel 7 p.m.
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