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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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Calendar, Night&Day

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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Calendar, Night&Day Love Among the Tombstones

Love Among the Tombstones

Who knew that every strollable square foot of northwestern San Francisco once hid the remains of past citizens, going back to the Gold Rush? Hyperbole aside, that's the indelible impression left after viewing A Second Final Rest: The History of…
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Calendar, Night&Day 11 Nights in Asia

11 Nights in Asia

The indefatigable Frank Lee has emerged after settling the uncertain future of his Four Star theater on Clement Street, and the San Francisco Asian Film Festival -- a candy store of recent genre blockbusters, classics, and independent films -- has…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flyaway Anime

Flyaway Anime

Get an extended tour of Japan's powerhouse animation studio at the Berkeley film series "The Art of Anime: Studio Ghibli." Here's a chance to catch up, on the big screen, with Miyazaki Hayao's female-centered parables of toxic apocalypse and environmental…
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Film, More Than One Tsunami

More Than One Tsunami

This year's selection of works from the neglected filmmaking countries of Malaysia and Indonesia reveals countless tsunamis, not all literal, that have swept the shores of these multicultural nations over the past several centuries. The Gravel Road, the first Tamil-language…
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Film, Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle

Setting out to cover Latin American cinema, it wasn't immediately apparent how many Argentine films would be in the mix. As it happens, they form the most interesting selection of south-of-the-border offerings this year. It's no surprise really, given that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Planet Asia

Planet Asia

In its 23rd year, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has gone global, no longer focusing specifically on the Pacific edge, but instead reaching into regions once considered Asian (Kazakhstan, Iraq) and places that are (or were) home…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

The fourth annual "Neo-Eiga" series achieves a spectrum of tastes, genres, and ideologies that makes it the local Asian -- and not just Japanese -- film event of the year. Eight movies, made (with one notable exception) between 2002 and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Film Frenzy

Film Frenzy

The sixth annual San Francisco Black Film Festival may be shorter than other local fests (just five days long, as compared to the San Francisco International Film Festival's two-week stretch), but don't let the running time fool you. The BFF…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mann Made

Mann Made

"Choosing the way to die -- what's the difference? Choosing the way to live -- that's the hard part." When grinning fugitive Robert Ryan points this fact out to bounty hunter James Stewart in Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur --…
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