Time Passes

The principal character of Clouds Of Sils Maria, directed by Olivier Assayas (France/Germany/Switzerland) 2014, is ambivalent about her relationship to the play that launched her acting career.

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She was young and naïve when she began but is now challenged to accept the role of the older, troubled woman in a new production of the same work.

Much of the story is set in the majestic Alps.

The film was one of the dramatic features screened in the French Cinema Now 2014 mini-festival at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

See the San Francisco Film Society web site for more information.

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Italian Cinema 2014

The New Italian Cinema mini-festival presented by the San Francisco Film Society at the Vogue Theatre opens Wednesday 19 November 2014.

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This year’s event includes thirteen feature works from Italy and three other European countries.

The two opening night programs are An Evening With Edoardo Pointi, followed by Mistunderstood directed by Asia Argento (Italy/France) 2014.

For tickets and more information about the four nights of film screenings contact the San Francisco Film Society.

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Middle Brother

The Easy Way Out directed by Brice Cauvin (France) 2014 is a French adaptation of the Stephen McCauley novel by the same name.

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This family drama is told from the viewpoint of the gay brother who seems to understand and tries to help both his younger and older brother navigate their difficult love relationships while fending off heavy-handed demands of the parents.

However, he’s less able to deal with the realities of his own love life.

The film screened during the final day of French Cinema Now 2014 at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco. More info is available at SFFS.

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Greener Pasture

Paris Follies directed by Marc Fitoussi (France) 2014 was the opening feature film of French Cinema Now and included an appearance of its director for a question and answer session after the screening.

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Brigitte and Xavier are a farm couple raising cattle. She meets a handsome young man attending a party next door and decides to spend a couple of days in Paris with him on the pretext of consulting a dermatologist there.

The film screens one more time Saturday 8 November 2014 at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco. For more information and tickets see the San Francisco Film Society.

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French Cinema 2014

French Cinema Now is a fall mini-festival presented by the San Francisco Film Society. This year’s event will screen a dozen narrative features from France and four other European countries.

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It opens Thursday night 9 November 2014 with Paris Follies directed by Marc Fitoussi (2014) France and stars Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Pierre Darroussian.

The festival venue is the Vogue Theatre on Sacramento Street at Presidio Boulevard in San Francisco. For more information and tickets contact SFFS.

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Art Whirl

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro published (2112) by Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill is an engaging and quite believable fictional narrative told from the perspective of a contemporary artist living and working in Boston.

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The protagonist manages to support herself copying famous artworks while struggling to overcome obstacles preventing her from being recognized as an outstanding, talented painter in her own right. She receives an incredible offer from the owner of a prominent gallery that will change her life.

Shapiro delves into many complicated issues involving money and art in present day society. The roles of museums and galleries as arbiters of taste. The quixotic nature of public opinion fueled by media reports and gossip. The illusive definition of creative achievement and its relation to financial success.

The novel begins with a newspaper article about the theft of artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a crime still unsolved after more than two decades, and goes on to speculate about a possible romantic liaison between its founder and French impressionist artist Edgar Degas a century ago.

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Culinary Roots

Ikaria: Lessons On Food, Life, And Longevity by Diane Kochilas published 2014 by Rodale spotlights the Aegean island heritage of the author. While there are a substantial number of health tips scattered throughout because of the locale’s Blue Zone status, the heart of this book and its most valuable asset lies in its recipes.

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One surprise for me was the inclusion of tarot root among native ingredients and I look forward to trying the instructions for skordalia (page 9), a dish I’ve only had using potato or bread as the base for this garlic dip.

Other tantalizing dishes are: whipped feta kaponisti (page 7); old style Ikarian tourlou (page 135) casserole combining potatoes and zucchini; noodles with yogurt and herbs (page 190); smoked herring rice (page 201); and baby goat with avgolemono (page 243).

When searching for a recipe in the index, look first for a key ingredient and then zero in on the name of the dish!

I frequently cook savory pies from an earlier Kochilas book, The Glorious Foods Of Greece but my attempt to make my own phyllo dough was unsuccessful. However I’m going to give it another try with one of the recipes in the section on savory pies and breads.

Ikaria by Diane Kochilas, with photos by her husband Vassilis Stenos, is available in both a hardbound and e-book edition from Rodale Books.

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