Luce Cinecitta and The Italian Cultural Institute Of San Francisco present a weekend of contemporary films 22–24 November 2019 at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.
The eight features scheduled are: The Traitor directed by Marco Bellocchio (Italy/France/Germany/Brazil) 2019, The Invisible Witness directed by Stefano Mordini (Italy) 2018, Vivere directed by Francesca Archibugi (Italy) 2019, Volare directed by Gabriele Salvatores (Italy) 2019, The First King: Birth of an Empire directed by Matteo Rovere (Italy) 2019, Food Makers directed by Enrica Cavalli (Italy) 2018, The Vice of Hope directed by Edoardo De Angelis (Italy) 2018, and Ordinary Happiness directed by Daniele Luchetti (Italy) 2019.
It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia Suleiman (Canada/France/Germany/Palestine/Qatar/Turkey) 2019 is the opening night narrative feature of the 23rd Arab Film Festival 11 October 2019 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
Subsequent film programs over the next nine days of the festival will take place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the New Parkway in Oakland.
Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles directed by Max Lewkowicz (USA) 2019 is the opening night film of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 39 screening Thursday 18 July 2019 at the Castro Theatre.
The Red Sea Diving Resort directed by Gideon Raff (USA) 2019 is the closing night film at the Castro Theatre Sunday 28 July 2019.
More relevant feature films at this year’s festival are Abe directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (USA) 2019; My Polish Honeymoon directed by Élise Otzenberger (France) 2018; and Army Of Lovers In The Holy Land directed by Asaf Galay (Israel) 2018.
Paper Flags directed by Nathan Ambrosioni (France) 2018 explores the challenges of a young man released from penitentiary.
How does he navigate in the world without work skills or sufficient emotional preparation? He’s fortunate to have at least one person willing to help. However there are limits to even this initial situation.
While freedom offers opportunity for some, not everyone is able to achieve their full potential. Despite repeated drawbacks, the future isn’t without hope.
Paper Flags was one of the narrative features of the recently completed 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival.
A Faithful Man directed by and staring Louis Garrel (France) 2018 isn’t a typical romantic comedy.
The somewhat dark opening scene undermines familiar expectations. Of course, starting from the lowest point of a romantic situation, circumstances can only improve. The question is how and when.
The journey includes many obstacles and unexpected complications. The unconventional nature of the relationship is disturbing at times but overall adds to the emotional and intellectual resolution of the conclusion.
A Faithful Man reminded me of film classics such as François Truffaut’s Jules And Jim and Eric Rohmer’s My Night At Maud’s.
The film played twice during the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival. For mere info and tickets contact San Francisco Film Institute.
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.
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.