Outsider Life

Two of the films in New Italian Cinema 2017 offer fresh views of outsiders in modern society.

There Is A Light directed by Fabio Mollo (Italy) 2017 deals with an unconventional relationship between a gay man and a straight woman.

Together they travel through Italy and significant moments in their personal journeys.

Fortunata directed by Sergio Castellitto (Italy) 2017 revolves around the hectic life of a young mother and independent hairdresser who wants to open her own shop.

Both films are about dreams unfulfilled and obstacles that must be overcome.

Italy is quite conservative. Traditional gender roles are still prevalent. Moral judgment is more influenced by family expectations than religious concerns.

A willingness to look at current reality is a prerequisite for change.

More information and tickets for the NICE 2017 festival in San Francisco is available at New Italian Cinema.

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Arab Film 21

The Arab Film Festival 21 opens Friday 13 October 2017 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Solitaire directed by Sophie Boutros (2016) Egypt/Jordan/Lebanon is the opening night film. Screenings continue in the Bay Area over the following nine days in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Vallejo before moving to Los Angeles for an additional three days.

I plan to see three dramatic features Saturday 14 October 2017 at the Roxie Theater: Bezness As Usual directed by Alex Pitstra (2016) Netherlands/Tunisia, Here I Am…Here You Are directed by Raed Rafei (2016) Italy/Lebanon, and In Between directed by Maysaloun Hamoud (2016) France/Israel.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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Frameline 40

The premier international LGBTQ film festival turns forty this year. Opening night is 16 June 2016 in the legendary Castro Theatre in the heart of San Francisco.

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There are ten films originating from four Mediterranean countries. France: Being 17; Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo; and Summertime. Israel: One Last Night and Who’s Going To Love Me Now? Italy: Arianna; Irrawaddy Mon Amour; and Me, Myself And Her. Spain: Girl Gets Girl and Victor XX.

For more information and tickets contact www.frameline.org.

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Art Pose

2Fik is a French-born, Quebec-based artist of Moroccan heritage who deals with issues of identity in his work. He is a performance artist and photographer frequently targeting religion and sexuality in playful ways, taking the dual role of artist and model in his performances and photographs.

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He’s developed about a dozen personas, both male and female, that include Abdel, a bearded, macho, religious man from Casablanca and his devout wife, Fatima; Ludmilla-Mary, with a big beard, a veil, and a huge personality; Marco, a closeted, Italian Moroccan with a secret crush on Abdel; and Sofiane, Abel’s younger brother, an aspiring hip-hop artist.

2Fik recreated a number of signature paintings such as Manet’s well-known dejeuner sur l’herbe posed as each of the four figures. In one version the man facing the nude figure wears a purple hoodie. In another he wears a yellow polo shirt and chinos.

La Grande Intendante (The Great Maiden) is a contemporary take on Ingre’s Grande Odalique (Great Chambermaid). A nude Ludmilla-Mary stretches out, wearing a long, pink glove and holding a black feather-duster, a plastic bottle of bright blue window cleaning liquid nearby.

The artist recently presented a public talk and slide show at the San Francisco Art Institute as part of the school’s Visiting Artists And Scholars Lecture Series. The event was co-sponsored by the French Consulate.

More information about 2Fik is available on his Facebook page.

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Valley Fever

Fans of Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu will undoubtedly by drawn to Valley Of Love directed by Guillaume Nicloux (France) 2015 because the two leading actors are the stars of the film.

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However, audiences might be surprised or even challenged by the casual pace of the action. It seems closer to real time rather than the short fast edits most audiences are used to. As if one is watching a documentary. Somewhat reminiscent of early Warhol films.

It screened on the final day of the 2015 French Cinema Now mini-festival sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.

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Arab Film Festival

From A To B directed by Ali F. Mostafa (Jordan/Lebanon/United Arab Emirates) 2014 opens the 19th annual Arab Film Festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco Friday 16 October 2015.

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Other films during the ten-day Bay Area event include: Atlantic directed by Jan-Willem van Ewijk (Belgium/France/Germany/Morocco/Netherlands) 2014, The Cut directed by Fatih Akin (Belgium/France/Germany/Morocco/Netherlands) 2014, On The Banks Of The Tigris directed by Marsha Emerman (Australia/Iraq/Israel) 2015, On The Bride’s Side directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, & Khaled Soliman al Nassiry (Italy) 2014, and Oriented directed by Jake Witzenfeld (Israel/Palestine) 2015.

For more information and tickets contact the Arab Film Festival.

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Greek Hospitality

Philoxenia, generous hospitality toward strangers, is a traditional Greek value too often lacking today. Immigrants are seldom welcomed and Albanians especially are the usual scapegoats for crimes and any bad behavior.

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Xenia directed by Panos Koutras (Greece/France/Belgium) 2014 boldly overturns common perceptions. The two main characters of the film are teenage brothers, one gay and the other straight, born in Crete to an Albanian mother and a Greek father who abandoned them early on.

Their mother recently died so the young men go in search of their father hoping he will acknowledge them so they can establish legal status.

This journey takes them through some of the darker aspects of the country but they are survivors unwilling to abandon hope for a better future

The film played to a packed house during the 12th San Francisco Greek Film Festival that concludes Sunday. For more information and tickets for the remaining screening contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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