Greek Film Fest 2015

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival launches its twelfth season with a cocktail reception Friday evening 8 May 2015 at Kokkari Estiatorio, 200 Jackson Street, San Francisco.

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The following day a program of short films begins 11:00 AM Saturday 9 May 2015 at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Lovestruck directed by Thodoris Atheridis (Greece) 2014 is the opening night feature-length film 7:00 PM Monday 11 May 2015 also at the Delancey Street Screening Room.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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Shifting Identity

Gender roles and rules of conduct are strictly enforced in the small Albanian mountain settlement where Hana and Lila are born and grow up. Both girls are punished each time they stray from traditional strictures. Each of them escapes the harshness of their native culture eventually by taking a different path to relative freedom, meeting many years later in Italy.

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Sworn Virgin directed by Laura Bispuri (ItalySwitzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo) 2015 shows how and why Hana becomes Mark as well as the consequences and future possibilities that ensue. The film probes the dilemma of gender identity.

It screens again Monday night 4 May 2015 at the Pacific Film Archive Theater in Berkeley and Thursday evening 7 May 2015 at Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco during San Francisco International Film Festival 58. For more information and tickets contact the San Francisco Film Society.

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Three Lives

How To Smell A Rose: A Visit With Ricky Leacock In Normandy directed by Les Blank & Gina Leibrecht (USA) 2014 is a wonderful portrait 0f a seminal movie documentarian. Leacock and his wife prepare some delicious meals in their country kitchen while he talks about his career behind the camera and his approach to film and video production.

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During his seven decades in cinema Leacock helped develop the first film camera to record synchronous sound along with image. He was an early advocate of the hand-held camera and later enjoyed the ease and freedom of digital equipment. But what is even more impressive than his work as a cinematic artist is his zest for life and his dedication to living it to its fullest.

The film will have its final screening Monday evening 4 May 2015 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas during San Francisco International Film Festival 58. For more information and tickets contact the San Francisco Film Society.

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Personal Rebellion

Far From Men directed by David Oelhoffen (France) 2014 expands on a short story by Albert Camus to encompass difficult personal decisions that must be made during times of violent political turmoil.

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A schoolteacher in a remote Algerian outpost is ordered to deliver a native accused of murder to colonial authorities. Traveling through the rugged landscape and caught up in the impending uprising, the two men learn more about their respective backgrounds and discover a common humanity.

The film screens a final time Tuesday afternoon 28 April 2015 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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Becoming Israeli

A Borrowed Identity directed by Eran Riklis (Israel/Germany/France) 2014 follows a gifted, young Palestinian who reluctantly leaves his loving family home to attend an elite university in Jerusalem. The relationships he develops help him survive the challenges of a hostile environment and move forward in his life.

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It screens two more times during San Francisco International Film Festival 58. Tuesday afternoon 28 April 2015 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco and Thursday night 30 April 2015 at the Pacific Film Archive Theater in Berkeley. Contact San Francisco Film Society for more information and tickets.

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Fashion Decade

Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello (France) 2014 zeros in on a nine-year period in the life of the French designer who revolutionized womenswear during the height of his career. The mid Sixties to the mid Seventies was a time of social and cultural change that is shown with black and white newsreel footage on a split screen as runway models appear in color with the latest designs.

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The designer and his partner Pierre Berge inhabited a world of material luxury that included extravagant purchases of art and furnishings, frequent visits to night spots in France and North Africa. The director manages to portray the sex, drugs, music, and mental condition of Saint Laurent in a refreshingly stylish way.

The film screens at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival one time only at the Castro Theatre Sunday afternoon 26 April 2015. For more information and tickets contact the San Francisco Film Society.

For those unable to attend that initial showing, the dramatic feature opens for a theatrical run in the Bay Area at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco 15 May 2015 and Camera in San Jose 23 May 2015.

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SFIFF58

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival runs from 23 April to 7 May 2015 at the Castro Theatre, Landmark’s Clay Theatre, Pacific Film Archive Theater, Roxie Theater, and Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

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Features include A Borrowed Identity directed by Eran Riklis (Israel/Germany/France) 2014; Bota directed by Iris Elezi & Thomas Logoreci (Albania, Italy, Kosovo) 2014; Eden directed by Mia Hansen-Love (France) 2014.

Far From Men directed by David Delhoffen (France) 2014; Fidelio: Alive’s Odyssey directed by Lucie Borteteau (France) 2014; How To Smell A Rose directed by Les Blank & Gina Leibrecht (USA) 2014;

Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello (France) 2014; Sworn Virgin directed by Laura Bispuri (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo) 2015; The Kindergarten Teacher directed by Nadav Lapid (Israel/France) 2014.

The New Girlfriend directed by François Ozon (France) 2014; The Wonders directed by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/Switzerland/Germany) 2014; and Vincent directed by Thomas Salvador (France) 2014.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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