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.


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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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.


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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Arab Film Fest

The 17th annual Arab Film Festival opens at the Castro Theater in San Francisco Friday 11 October 2013 with When I Saw You (Palestine) 2012. The remaining screenings in San Francisco Saturday and Sunday will be at the Opera Plaza.


The festival moves to Los Angeles the following weekend with a full three-day schedule 18 to 20 October 2013. Screenings 25 to 27 October 2013 will be at the Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley. And the final four films will be shown at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego 16 to 17 November 2013.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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