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Best of the Fest Best of the Fest Our critics' recommendations from this year's films. April 23, 2008

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Calendar, Night&Day French Girl

French Girl

Little Sofia, born and raised in suburban France, has to be forced into the van that takes her back to her native Morocco. Ten years later, she is a frustrated rebel at a Moroccan college, working in her parents’ olive…
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News, Feature A guide to the best of this year's S.F. International Film Festival

A guide to the best of this year's S.F. International Film Festival

When the San Francisco International Film Fest rolls around, we at SF Weekly rejoice. Then we get overwhelmed. How are we going to cover this extravaganza? This year, for instance, there are nearly 150 films from all over the world…
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News, Feature Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

Alexandra (Alexander Sokurov, Russia) Spare yet tactile, a mysterious mixture of lightness and gravity, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra is founded on contradiction. Musing on war in general and the Russian occupation of Chechnya in particular, this is a movie in which…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Great Beyond

The Great Beyond

Leaving home to find work, and the emotional baggage dragged along, is the theme of the stronger offerings in this year's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, which screens independent films and documentaries from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Don't fret if…
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The Wilder One

It's tough to forget goonish, heavy-lidded character actor Timothy Carey once you've seen him. He tosses beer in Marlon Brando's face in The Wild One. He shoots a racehorse in Kubrick's The Killing. His character in Cassavetes' The Killing of…
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Calendar, Night&Day King Kang

King Kang

Los Angeles neo-noir meets multiformat video grit with varying success in Chris Chan Lee's sophomore effort Undoing. The film stars Sung Kang (Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) as Sam, returning from a year-long sojourn in…
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News, Feature Asian Imports

Asian Imports

Whether it's because of the enormous changes occurring in Asia right now or because it simply makes for good movies, portraits of rebels and rebellion crop up in several films from that continent at this year's festival. Take a rebellious…
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News, Feature SFIFF Film Capsules

SFIFF Film Capsules

Why Didnt Anybody Tell Me It Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan? (Cyrus Frisch, Holland) Filmmaker Cyrus Frisch set out to record deteriorating relations between the native Dutch community and immigrants from the Middle East in his Amsterdam city square,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Third Third I

Third Third I

Is it only the third annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival? It seems like it's been around much longer, given its quality and reach. (We're also impressed by the breadth of parent organization 3rd I's vision, "to promote…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Walking Her Walk

Walking Her Walk

WED 11/9 Viv Corringham appreciates the racket of urban street noise; it inspires her to sing. The celebrated British recording artist brings her environmentally inspired soundscapes to life through walking, creating improvised vocal works based on strolls through cities like…
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Calendar, Performance A Filipino Dorothy

A Filipino Dorothy

ONGOING 11/3-20 The Wizard of Oz meets the dreaded Filipino fiend the aswang: Does this sound weird, even for a high-concept play? Maybe, but Banyan, by Bay Area playwright Jeannie Barroga, now enjoying its world premiere after a three-year workshop…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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