French Cinema 2015

The annual French Cinema Now fall festival sponsored by San Francisco Film Society will screen eleven features during its run at the Vogue Theatre Thursday to Sunday 19 -22 November 2015.

More information and tickets available at San Francisco Film Society.

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Different Strokes

Forever Young directed by Spiros Charalambous (Greece) 2015 was voted the winning short at the 12th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival and headed to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.


Most of the film takes place in a brothel. While his older brother is engaged in a sexual marathon with one of the young prostitutes, the younger brother storms out of the house after an unpleasant encounter with the young woman he paired with.

Waiting for his brother to finish and come outside, he and the madam initiate a conversation that leads to a surprising climax of the film

The prize for best feature-length film at the San Francisco Greek Film Festival went to Xenia directed by Panos Koutras (Greece/France/Belgium) 2014. The co-writer of the screenplay was my friend Panayiotis Evangelidis.

Xenia will screen again in the Bay Area during the upcoming Frameline film festival and is likely to have a theatrical run at some future time.

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Italian Cinema 2014

The New Italian Cinema mini-festival presented by the San Francisco Film Society at the Vogue Theatre opens Wednesday 19 November 2014.


This year’s event includes thirteen feature works from Italy and three other European countries.

The two opening night programs are An Evening With Edoardo Pointi, followed by Mistunderstood directed by Asia Argento (Italy/France) 2014.

For tickets and more information about the four nights of film screenings contact the San Francisco Film Society.

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French Cinema 2014

French Cinema Now is a fall mini-festival presented by the San Francisco Film Society. This year’s event will screen a dozen narrative features from France and four other European countries.


It opens Thursday night 9 November 2014 with Paris Follies directed by Marc Fitoussi (2014) France and stars Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Pierre Darroussian.

The festival venue is the Vogue Theatre on Sacramento Street at Presidio Boulevard in San Francisco. For more information and tickets contact SFFS.

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Working Class

Two Days, One Night directed by Jean-Pierre Dardonne (Belgium/France/Italy) 2014 takes a look at work from an unusual perspective. It focuses on a tense, harrowing weekend challenge for an employee of a small factory fighting for her job.


She must convince colleagues to vote in favor of her return to work rather than choosing a large bonus for themselves. It’s a hard sell for individuals economically stressed and reveals the numerous difficulties faced by workers.

The film screens Saturday night 11 October 2014 at the Sequoia 1 and Sunday afternoon 12 October 2014 at the Rafael 1 during Mill Valley Film Festival 37.

Contact California Film Institute for more information.

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Hot Kebab

Mixed Kebab directed by Guy Lee Thys (Belgium/Turkey) 2012 is a fast-paced drama set in Antwerp. Bram, a handsome, young, gay Belgium man of Turkish descent faces numerous challenges in his pursuit of a love relationship with Kevin. His young brother Furkan, however, is becoming a thug.

Traditional family expectations clash with modern mores. Many of the issues currently dividing Europeans play out in the course of the narrative. Despite the obstacles faced, the future remains hopeful.

It screens Thursday night 14 June 2012 at the Castro Theatre during Frameline 36. Tickets and information available at Frameline.

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