Twenties Provence

Magic In The Moonlight directed by Woody Allen 2014 is an enjoyable, romantic comedy set mostly in the lush, upper-class world of Provence in the late 20s. The landscape alone is stunning!


The main character is an arrogant Brit who is both a celebrated magician and a zealous debunker of all spiritual claims.

He’s invited to the south of France by a childhood chum to challenge the work of a charming, young American woman who’s struck riches with both the widow and love-struck son of a wealthy family.

The film opens 25 July 2014 at the Clay Theatre and Century 9 in San Francisco. 1 August 2014 at the Albany Twin in Albany, Piedmont Theatre in Oakland, Century 16 in Pleasant Hil, CineArts at Santana Row and Camera in San Jose, Guild in Menlo Park, and Regency Cinemas Six in San Rafael.

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Son And Lover

Gynecologist Fabrizio wants a serious commitment from his photographer boyfriend Diego. Their union will include the planting of a pine tree. While Diego is out to his parents, he hesitates knowing Fabrizio’s father is opposed to their relationship. But before Diego responds he receives word that his teenage son Armando is on the way from Spain to Venezuela.


My Straight Son directed by Miguel Ferrari (Venezuela/Spain) 2012 has all the elements of a telenovela. It includes complex family dynamics, colorful characters, high drama and humor, as well as the tragic consequences of intolerance for those outside the mainstream.

It screened at the recently concluded Frameline 38 film festival.

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Jewish Film Fest 34

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 34 will screen work in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and San Rafael from 24 July to 10 August 2014.


Narrative features include: Arabani (Israel) 2013: Father And Son (Poland 2013); For A Woman (France) 2013; Magic Men (Israel) 2013; Run Boy Run (France/Germany) 2013; Snails In The Rain (Israel) 2013; and Swim Little Fish Swim (USA/France) 2013.

For more information and tickets contact SFJFF.

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Winter Fire

Tru Richmond is a woman of many jobs and brief romantic encounters with other women. But her life begins to change when she meets Alice, the recently widowed mother of her lawyer friend Suzanne.


Tru Love directed by Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald (Canada) 2013 is set in snowy Toronto but there are plenty of references to Paris.

The film received numerous awards and was a hit during its screening at the Castro Theatre during Frameline 38. It will be released this winter on DVD by Wolfe Video.

Meanwhile the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival continues 19 – 29 June 2014. Contact Frameline for more information and tickets.

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Sweet Treat

Cupcakes directed by Eytan Fox (Israel) 2013 is a delightful romantic comedy revolving around a modern European musical tradition.


Six friends gather to watch the annual EuroSong Contest. After the TV show ends, the guests perform a song to cheer up the party host.

The entire group consists of four heterosexual women, a lesbian, and a gay man. Each of the amateur singers, representing Israel the following year, has relationship issues.

The film is timed perfectly after the 2014 Eurovision win of the Austrian entry, Conchita Wurst, made headlines worldwide.

Cupcakes screens at the Castro Theatre Saturday 28 June 2014 at 8:30 PM during Frameline38. For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

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Fashion Leader

Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert (France) 2014 follows the roller coaster life of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, creative heir to the famous postwar French couturier Christian Dior.


Algerian-born Saint Laurent found himself pushed out of the house of Dior after a nervous breakdown following his refusal to fight in the French army. However, his lover, Pierre Bergé was able to launch a successful new fashion house for him.

While the designer excelled creatively, he could be temperamental and difficult both at work and in his private life. He spent a fortune on expensive purchases and indulged during off-hours in an abundance of alcohol and drugs.

Bergé was alert to the dangers surrounding a decadent lifestyle and jealously quelled the serious erotic entanglements that ensued.

Probably the most interesting part of the film is the opportunity to see the actual gowns Saint Laurent designed.

Yves Saint Laurent was included in this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival and screens again during Frameline 38 at the Victoria Theatre Saturday 21 June 2014 at 7:00 PM.

For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

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The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival runs 19 to 29 June 2014 at four Bay Area venues: the Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre in San Francisco plus the Rialto Cinemas’ Elmwood in Berkeley.


Narrative features include: Cupcakes directed by Eytan Fox (Israel) 2013, Salvation Army directed by Abdellah Taia (France/Morocco) 2013, Stand directed by Jonathan Taieb (France/Russia) 2014, Violette directed by Martin Provost (France/Belgium) 2013, and You And The Night directed by Yann Gonzalez (France) 2013.

Documentary features are Mondo Homo directed by Herve Joseph Lebrun (France) 2013, Off Road directed by Elisa Amoroso (Italy) 2013, and Violette Leduc directed by Esther Hoffenberg (France) 2014.

For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

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