Starting Over

Paper Flags directed by Nathan Ambrosioni (France) 2018 explores the challenges of a young man released from penitentiary.

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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.

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Fresh Twist

A Faithful Man directed by and staring Louis Garrel (France) 2018 isn’t a typical romantic comedy.

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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.

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SFIFF 2019

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.

For more information and tickets, contact San Francisco Film Institute.

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Greek Films

The 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival runs from 12 – 21 October 2018.

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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.

Contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival for more information and tickets.

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SFJFF38

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38 opens 19 July 2018.

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Venues include the Castro Theatre, San Francisco; Cinéarts, Palo Alto, Albany Twin, Albany; Piedmont Theatre, Oakland; and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

Feature films include: The Sign For Love, Wajib, Scaffolding, Promise At Dawn, Simon & Theodore, and The Last Suit.

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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SFIFF 2018

The 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 4 – 17 April 2018.

This year’s venues include the Castro Theatre, Dolby Cinema, Roxie Theater, SFMOMA, Victoria Theatre, and YBCA in San Francisco; BAMPFA in Berkeley; and Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.

Four French films to look out for are: Claire’s Camera; Gaugain: Voyage To Tahiti; Godard, Mon Amour; and The Sower.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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Family Domain

Back To Burgundy directed by Cédric Klapisch (France) 2017 is about the pleasures and challenges of winemaking in France.

The complicated story is told by the oldest son returning to the childhood home he fled ten years earlier to escape his demanding father and experience the world.

Reunited with his sister and brother, the three maneuver to make a go of what was left to them by their parents.

They face difficult decisions both in their personal lives and also in the running of the family enterprise they hope to preserve as best they can.

The film opens 23 March 2018 at the Village East Cinema, New York; Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Summerfield Cinemas, Santa Rosa; and Vogue Theatre, San Francisco.

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