The SFIFF celebrates its golden anniversary with a raucous evening of reminiscences and tall tales hosted by Porchlight’s Beth Lisick and Arlene Klatte and featuring onstage appearances by Festival alumni and clips from 50 years of the International’s glorious and tumultuous history.
French provocateur Bruno Dumont revisits the geographic and psychological territory of his masterpiece Humanité in this startlingly austere war film set in northern France and an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and more concerned with the ambiguities of human behavior than topical politics.
With more than two dozen on-camera interviews and rare archival footage, Gary Leva’s big-talent roundup chronicles the amazing past 40 years of the lives and work of the Bay Area’s best-known filmmakers.
Eternally curious documentarian Heddy Honigmann wanders through Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and interviews tear-streaked visitors to the tourist-mobbed graves of artists and icons such as Frédéric Chopin, Yves Montand and Marcel Proust.
Experimental and atmospheric animated shorts include this year's Academy Award-winning The Danish Poet, narrated by Liv Ullmann, and The Tale of How, Acousticity, Birchbeer, Loom, Sheep, Tyger, Whirr, t.o.m., Adjustment, Harrachov, Never Like the First Time!, The Memories of Dogs and Collision.
With the eye of a painter and the heart of a poet, Ágnes Kocsis crafts a wonderfully poignant story about the surprising connections between a mother and daughter in Budapest, where the oddest things happen in a miniscule bathroom office.
In Otar Iosseliani’s hilarious satire, middle-aged French minister Vincent loses his job, his apartment and his wife. Luckily, he has a rich, doting old mother (Michel Piccoli in drag), and decides to reacquaint himself with old friends, former mistresses, his passion for music and the pleasures of alcohol.
Bringing a much-needed jolt to the J-horror genre, this tale of a haunted subway platform and the related search for two missing youngsters offers viewers an unsettling and consistently surprising ride.
This riveting documentary focuses on two gang leaders in Haiti’s notoriously lawless slum Cité Soleil in 2004. Caught in the middle of national and local struggles—and a love triangle—both seek escape in rapping. Wyclef Jean, perhaps Haiti’s most famous export, appears in the film and provides original music.