The 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival runs from 10 to 23 April in nine venues: Castro Theatre, Dolby Cinema, Roxie Theater, SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater, Theater at Children’s Creativity Museum, Victoria Theatre, and YBCA Screening Room in San Francisco plus BAMPFA, and Grand Lake Theatre in the East Bay.
Mediterranean features to look out for include: Debt directed by Vuslat Saraçoglu (Turkey) 2018; A Faithful Man directed by Louis Garrel (France) 2018; Loro directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) 2018, and Paper Flags directed by Nathan Ambrosioni (France) 2018.
New Italian Cinema Events returns to the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco 30 November to 2 December 2018.
This year’s lineup of films from Florence include: As Needed directed by Francesco Falaschi (2018) Italy, Easy directed by Andrea Magnani (2017) Italy/Ukraine, Hotel Gagarin directed by Simone Spada (2017) Italy, Manuel directed by Dario Albertini (2017) Italy, and The Last Prosecco directed by Antonio Padovan (2017) Italy.
Xamou directed by Clio Fanouraki (Greece) 2017 reveals some of the hidden charms of Crete.
As manager of a luxury hotel, Jonny is accustomed to a world of privilege. His ex wife and three children rely on him for financial support.
His sudden termination, after the sale of the hotel chain and a reshuffle of executive positions, leaves him emotionally adrift. He still dresses daily in suit and tie, but aside from efforts to find new employment, his waking hours are consumed by online gambling.
However, his life slowly changes from the moment his girlfriend coaxes him outside into the sunlight and his subsequent interaction with local people on the island.
Only two more days remain of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival. While closing night is already sold out, tickets are still available for Friday 19 October 2018.
Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France was certainly a highlight of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.
The title is also the name of its main character, who sings during the titles and both sings and dances at various times throughout the film.
What the film lacks in pure cinematic technique is more than made up for through its generous portrayal of human life in difficult times.
Djam is a young, attractive, street-wise woman able to meet most of the challenges during her journey from the Greek island of Lesvos to Istanbul and back. Entrusted to accomplish a mission she’s quite capable of completing.
The film is hopeful and celebratory despite terrible conditions in this dark era.
The festival continues through the end of this week.
For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival at www.grfilm.com.
The 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival runs from 12 – 21 October 2018.
Opening night this year will be at Lucas Film in the Presidio and closing night at Dolby Cinema on Market and Ninth Streets. All other films will be shown at Delancy Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero Street, San Francisco.
I look forward to seeing Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France, Xanou directed by Clio Fanouraki (2016) Greece, Jamaica directed by Andreas Morfonios (2017) Greece, and Polyxeni directed by Dora Masklavanou (2017) Greece.
Journalist Pamela Druckerman isn’t sure she likes living in Paris, but after the arrival of her first child notices distinct differences between French and American parenting styles and outcomes.
Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, Penguin Press, 2012, delves deep into the success of French parenting.
Why newborns sleep though the night without waking their parents. How they learn to eat a wide variety of food. Are able to amuse themselves without demanding constant adult supervision. And the remarkable ease in which both children and parents maintain harmonious relationships in public venues.
Druckerman’s cross-cultural research includes both personal interviews with American, British, and French mothers as well as conversations with experts in various related fields.
I was intrigued by the book when it first came out but wasn’t provided with a review copy by the publisher. However, after my son and daughter-in-law announced they were expecting twins, I was convinced it was relevant reading material for me and them.
Bringing Up Bébé is a definite resource guide for would-be parents.