Valley Fever

Fans of Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu will undoubtedly by drawn to Valley Of Love directed by Guillaume Nicloux (France) 2015 because the two leading actors are the stars of the film.

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However, audiences might be surprised or even challenged by the casual pace of the action. It seems closer to real time rather than the short fast edits most audiences are used to. As if one is watching a documentary. Somewhat reminiscent of early Warhol films.

It screened on the final day of the 2015 French Cinema Now mini-festival sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.

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Movie Maker

Mia Madre directed by Nanni Moretti (Italy/France) 2015 was inspired by the death of his mother during the production of his last film.

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The lead role is played by Marghereta Buy while he has a minor part as her brother. It weaves together two stories: the making of a movie about the turmoil following the sale of a factory that will ultimately lead to a mass firing of its workers and the personal trauma surrounding the impending death of a loved one.

It was the closing film during the recent New Italian Cinema festival sponsored by San Francisco Film Society.

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Atheist Dilemma

God Willing directed by Edoardo Falcone (Italy) 2015 begins in a contemporary bourgeois Roman home where things are not going well. However, after a surprise declaration of one family member, matters become even worse. In a desperate effort to regain order, the arrogant surgeon father attempts to expose a charismatic priest he blames for the unacceptable life path of his son.

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The film was one of the highlights of the recent New Italian Cinema festival sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society. Next week French Cinema Now will take place at the Vogue Theatre. Information and tickets at San Francisco Film Society.

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