French Fusion

Chinese Puzzle directed by Cédric Klapsich (France/USA 2013) 2013 is the third film of a trilogy that began with Spanish Apartment in 2002.

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In the initial film Xavier (Roman Duris) is an economics graduate student who goes to Barcelona for a year as part of the Erasmus program.

In the 2005 sequel, Russian Dolls, Xavier and his friends reunite during a wedding in Saint Petersburg.

The newest work begins in Paris with a breakup of the ten-year relationship between Xavier and Wendy. She moves to New York to be with another man.

Xavier soon follows to be closer to their two children. The challenges and adventures that unfold are fertile material for the novel he’s writing.

More information about the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival is available from the San Francisco Film Society.

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Greek Passage

The Two Faces Of January directed by Hossein Aminia (UK/USA/France) 2014 was the opening night film of the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.

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The noir Sixties thriller predominantly takes place in Athens, with scenes on Crete, and a climactic sequence in Istanbul. It’s based on the Patricia Highsmith novel by the same name.

It screened to a packed crowd at the Castro Theatre and was followed by a brief conversation with the director.

The festival continues with 167 films to be shown over the next two weeks in three Bay Area venues: the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, New People Cinema, and Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.

Contact the San Francisco Film Society for more information and tickets.

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SFGFF 2014

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens nightly at 7:00 PM from 4 – 10 May 2014 at Delancey Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

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This year’s narrative features are: A Place Called Home directed by Maria Douza 2013, Joy And Sorrow Of The Body directed by Andreas Panzis 2013, Block 12 directed by Kyriakos Tofarides 2013, Miss Violence directed by Alexandros Avranas 2013, Magic Hour directed by Costas Kapakas 2011, Marjoram directed by Olga Maiea 2013, and Committed directed by Stelana Kliris 2014.

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

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SFIFF 57

The Two Faces Of January directed by Hossein Amini (UK/USA/France) 2014 is the opening night film of the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival. The film, based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith set primarily in Greece and Turkey, will screen Thursday 24 April 2014 at the Castro Theatre.

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Four of the eleven narrative features competing for the 2014 New Directors Prize are: The Blue Wave directed by Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan (Turkey/Germany/Netherlands/Greece) 2013, The Dune directed by Yossi Aviram (France/Israel) 2013, Salvation Army directed by Abdellah Taïa (Morocco) 2013, and South Is Nothing directed by Fabio Mollo, (Italy/France) 2013.

Other narrative features are: Abuse Of Weakness directed by Catherine Breillat (France/Belgium/Germany) 2013, Chinese Puzzle directed by Cédric Klapisch (France/USA) 2013, Eastern Boys directed by Robin Campillo (France) 2013), If You Don’t I Will directed by Sophie Filliéres (France) 2013, Tip Top directed by Serge Bozon (France/Belgim/Luxembourg) 2013, Tonnerre directed by Guillaume Brac (France) 2013, The Trip To Italy directed by Michael Winterbottom (UK/Italy) 2014, Young And Beautiful directed by François Ozon (France 2013), and Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert (France) 2013.

Documentary features include: Agnès Varda: From Here To There directed by Agnès Varda (France) 2013, Coast Of Death directed by Lois Patiño (Spain) 2013, and School Of Babel directed by Julie Bertuccelli (France) 2013.

Contact San Francisco Film Society for more information and tickets.

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Night Creatures

Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch (USA) 2013 is set in Detroit and Tangier. It begins somewhat dizzily with a spinning turntable followed by the room spinning as the main characters lay listening to the music.

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Eve (Tilda Swinton) is unearthly pale while her partner Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is intensely handsome. She prefers living in an old quarter of Tangier and he favors a large house in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood.

Adam is the more interesting of the two lovers because his life centers around music in all its aspects from composing and playing to collecting stringed instruments and old recordings.

Both are highly educated and, as the film progresses, the source of that knowledge is revealed as is an important factor relating to their reclusiveness.

It took me a while to realize what was going on and didn’t mind the slow pace. The dichotomy of eccentric outsider culture as opposed to the mainstream with its limitations is a recurring theme that resonates in my own life.

The film will probably appeal more to a European than an American audience but also has potential as a cult classic.

It opens 18 April 2014 at the Embarcadero and Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco, and 25 April 2014 at the Shattuck in Berkeley, Camera 3 in San Jose, and Cinearts at Palo Alto Square in Palo Alto.

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