Double Duty

The key senator of the opposition party disappears after being heckled in public. His desperate personal assistant invites the missing politician’s twin brother, recently released from a mental institution, to take the place of his absent sibling with surprising consequences.

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Both roles are played by Toni Servillo in Long Live Freedom directed by Roberto Andò (Italy) 2013.

The film screened at the recently concluded New Italian Film Events 2014 programmed by the San Francisco Film Society at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

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Ti Amo

Blame Freud directed by Paolo Genovese (Italy) 2014 follows the challenging pursuit of love by three sisters and their psychoanalyst father. It touches on difficult issues with a light touch, primarily from a woman’s perspective, inspired by American romantic comedy.

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Up To The World directed by Allessandro Lunardelli (Italy) 2013 definitely takes place in a man’s world periodically punctuated by outbursts of rage. It deals with a fraternal relationship as one brother pursues his younger sibling who is following a romantic infatuation.

Both films were screened during the 2014 New Italian Cinema mini-festival at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco, an annual event presented by the San Francisco Film Society.

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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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