Set in the Malian capital of its title, Abderrahmane Sissako’s passionate polemic centers on a show trial in which the plaintiff, "African society," argues against exploitation by the defendant, the World Bank and the IMF.
Forget mad cow disease—it’s Mary’s little lambs you need to worry about in this witty and delightfully gory tale delineating the havoc that ensues when genetically engineered sheep are introduced onto a New Zealand family’s farm.
Ranging through pleasure and pain, this shorts program features seven of the eight films competing in the Golden Gate Awards. Titles include The Denazification of MH, Breath on the Mirror, The General Returns from One Place to Another, Ignorance Before Malice, Muse of Cinema, When We Are Big, and The Highwater Trilogy.
The idyllic lives of an interior designer, his wife and daughter are violently shattered by an automobile accident that throws the designer into an emotional crisis in the latest fascinating character study by the director of Crane World and Rolling Family.
SFIFF favorite Guy Maddin’s semiautobiographical masterwork mines the rich territories of his youth and spins them into a fantasy of familial discontent. The film’s original score will be performed live by a 13-piece ensemble, with foley artists, a benshi-like narrator and a "castrato" adding to the fun.
Parker Posey and Melvil Poupaud form a cross-Atlantic indie film dream team in Zoe Cassavetes’ sparkling romantic comedy for latent depressives and the chronically lovelorn. It’s Sex and the City with a dose of Xanax and a hit of ’30s screwball charm, costarring Cassavetes’ magnificent mom, Gena Rowlands.
Three aspiring comedians take a road trip from Johannesburg to Oppikoppi, South Africa’s largest annual rock festival, in this defiantly lo-fi comedy that takes its name from a popular sandwich.
Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room) returns to the political satire that is his trademark. This story of a washed-up film producer viciously attacks Berlusconi’s political machinations while affectionately mocking the Italian film industry, bourgeois family values and middle-aged machismo.
For this intimate evening of art and craft, consistently daring and fiercely independent San Francisco director Rob Nilsson will discuss his approach to Direct Action filmmaking and show excerpts from several digital works-in-progress.
Kenneth Branagh narrates this engaging look at the life and times of one of Hollywood’s true showmen, the man who brought epic stories—and forbidden sins—to the big screen. Directed by this year’s Mel Novikoff Award recipient Kevin Brownlow.