Greek Film 14

The 14th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival takes place 14 – 22 October 2017 at Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Many of this year’s films contain violence. Perhaps it’s indicative of the social tensions related to the current economic crises and the humanitarian disaster driving people to flee the ongoing wars in the adjoining region.

My picks for the most appealing features are Afterlov, a comedy directed by Stergios Paschos (2016) Greece, screening Wednesday 18 October 2017 and Roza Of Smyrna, a drama directed by George Kordellas (2016) Greece, screening Friday 20 October 2017. All programs begin 7:30 PM.

For a complete schedule see Greek 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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SFIFF 57

The Two Faces Of January directed by Hossein Amini (UK/USA/France) 2014 is the opening night film of the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival. The film, based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith set primarily in Greece and Turkey, will screen Thursday 24 April 2014 at the Castro Theatre.

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Four of the eleven narrative features competing for the 2014 New Directors Prize are: The Blue Wave directed by Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan (Turkey/Germany/Netherlands/Greece) 2013, The Dune directed by Yossi Aviram (France/Israel) 2013, Salvation Army directed by Abdellah Taïa (Morocco) 2013, and South Is Nothing directed by Fabio Mollo, (Italy/France) 2013.

Other narrative features are: Abuse Of Weakness directed by Catherine Breillat (France/Belgium/Germany) 2013, Chinese Puzzle directed by Cédric Klapisch (France/USA) 2013, Eastern Boys directed by Robin Campillo (France) 2013), If You Don’t I Will directed by Sophie Filliéres (France) 2013, Tip Top directed by Serge Bozon (France/Belgim/Luxembourg) 2013, Tonnerre directed by Guillaume Brac (France) 2013, The Trip To Italy directed by Michael Winterbottom (UK/Italy) 2014, Young And Beautiful directed by François Ozon (France 2013), and Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert (France) 2013.

Documentary features include: Agnès Varda: From Here To There directed by Agnès Varda (France) 2013, Coast Of Death directed by Lois Patiño (Spain) 2013, and School Of Babel directed by Julie Bertuccelli (France) 2013.

Contact San Francisco Film Society for more information and tickets.

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Verdi Requiem

Mayor Luigi de Magistris of Naples visited San Francisco for the signing of three agreements of cooperation linking Naples and San Francisco, as part of his Unite The Two Bays initiative. The three major areas of interest are human rights, science and research, and technology.

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In attendance at the ceremonies were Italian Consul-General Mauro Battocchi; Michael Sweet, chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; Dr. William De Grado of UCSF; Professor Angela Lombardi of UNINA; and California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

The day’s celebration will conclude with a joint performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem by the San Francisco Opera and Naples’ Teatro San Carlo at the War Memorial Opera House on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco this evening.

Several young entrepreneurs and technology students will arrive from Naples to study at the Mind The Bridge Startup School.

Mayor de Magistris initiated civil unions in Naples and championed equal rights for all children born in Italy regardless of their parents’ origin. His city will host the Italian national LGBT pride celebration in 2014.

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California Cooking

The doors open October 2012 at the San Francisco Cooking School, a new enterprise with an impressive roster of instructors. It promises a fresh, new approach to culinary training inspired by California cuisine and its progressive food values. And the school offers externships for graduates at a dozen local, top-rated restaurants.

The instructors include writers, chefs, cooks, and bakers. Viola Buitoni from Perugia, Umbria is a direct descendant of a family known as premier producers of pasta and chocolate. David Groff is a graduate of both the California Culinary Academy and Tante Marie’s Cooking School. Jodi Liano, Catheine Pantsios, and Kelly Whalen are also associated with Tante Marie’s, either as instructors or graduates. Samin Nosrat and Kathy Whalen worked at Chez Panisse while C. C. Sofronas worked at Palio d”Asti.

Among the fall line-up are classes in Pizzeria Pizza At Home; Regional Italian Series; Fall In Rome; and Macaroons Italian, French, & Coconut; as well as a book signing and demonstration by Matthew Accarrino of SPQR.

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Flamenco Festival

The Seventh Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival, part of Festival Flamenco Gitano USA 2012, includes four performances by musical artists from Spain, a couple of films, and workshops in dance and guitar.

Guitarist Diego Del Morao will play at Yoshi’s Oakland on Wednesday 26 September 2012 at 8:00 PM; the Fiesta Jerez Gypsy Flamenco All-Stars will appear at the Palace of Fine Arts Thursday 27 September 2012 at 7:00 PM; Jose Merce performs at the Palace of Fine Arts Friday 28 September 2012 at 8:00 PM; and Farruco Family appears at the Palace of Fine Arts Sunday 30 September 2012 at 7:00 PM.

For more information see the festival web site.

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Jewish Film Fest

The 32nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens Thursday 19 July 2012. The screenings will take place at seven Bay Area venues in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Oakland.

Festival films include: Gypsy Davy directed by Rachael Leah Jones (Israel, France) 2011, Life In Stills directed by Tamar Tal (Israel) 2011, The Day I Saw Your Heart directed by Jennifer Devoidère (France) 2011, and The Other Son directed by Lorraine Lévy (France) 2011.

For more information and tickets contact SFJFF.

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