Human Condition

Vivere directed by Francesca Archibugi (Italy) 2019 revolves around a modern middle class Italian family.

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Ongoing challenges include economic realties and unfulfilled career aspirations as well as the fragile nature of personal relationships.

This family continues to live beyond its means by drawing on questionable familial resources and the tensions trigger frequent asthma attacks in its youngest member.

The sexual proclivities of the husband seem typical as are the reactions of the young Irish au pair, somewhat surprising in the current era of moral scrutiny drawing attention to ways men frequently take advantage of women.

Vivere was one of the narrative features of the recently concluded Cinema Italian Style mini movie festival at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

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Italian Cinema

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.

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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.

For more information contact Italian Cultural 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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NICE 2018

New Italian Cinema Events returns to the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco 30 November to 2 December 2018.

This year’s lineup of films from Florence include: As Needed directed by Francesco Falaschi (2018) Italy, Easy directed by Andrea Magnani (2017) Italy/Ukraine, Hotel Gagarin directed by Simone Spada (2017) Italy, Manuel directed by Dario Albertini (2017) Italy, and The Last Prosecco directed by Antonio Padovan (2017) Italy.

For more information and tickets contact New Italian Cinema 2018.

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NICE 2017

New Italian Cinema is scheduled 8 – 12 November 2017 in San Francisco.

The Stuff Of Dreams directed by Gianfranco Cabidou (Italy) 2016 is the opening night film at the Castro Theatre followed by Fortunata directed by Sergio Castellitto (Italy) 2017.

Subsequent screenings of narrative and documentary works during this brief festival will be at the Vogue Theatre.

Films include Husband & Wife directed by Simone Sodano (Italy) 2017, There Is A Light directed by Fabio Mollo (Italy) 2017, Friends By Chance directed by Francesco Bruni (Italy) 2017, and The Duel Of Wine directed by Nicolás Carreras (Italy/Argentina) 2015.

For more info and tickets contact 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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Six Decades

The San Francisco International Film Festival celebrates its sixtieth anniversary 5 – 19 April 2017.

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I first attended half a century ago at the Masonic Auditorium on a student ticket I obtained with my ID from the Alliance Française in Paris. At thirty I wasn’t the oldest person in the balcony, where student ticketholders were seated. Presently I qualify for senior tickets.

The film festival changed venues over the years. I remember its long run at the Castro Theatre and subsequently the Palace Of Fine Arts Theater before moving to the Kabuki.

This year’s numerous San Francisco venues are: the Alamo Drafthouse, Castro Theatre, Dolby Cinema, Proxy, Roxie Theater, SFMOMA, Victoria Theatre, Walt Disney Family Museum, YBCA, and Vogue Theatre, as well as BAMPFA in Berkeley.

Mediterranean offerings include: Everything Else directed by Natalia Almada (Mexico/USA/France) 2016, Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge directed by Marie Noëlle (Germany/France/Poland) 2016, Mister Universo directed by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel (Austria/Italy) 2016, Story of a 3-Day Pass directed by Melvin Van Peebles (France) 1967, The Death of Louis XIV directed by Albert Serra (France/Portugal/Spain) 2016, and The Wedding Plan directed by Rama Burshtein (Israel) 2016.

Contact San Francisco Film Society for more information and tickets.

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