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The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival screens at five Bay Area venues 18 – 28 June 2015. The Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre in San Francisco, Rialto Cinemas’ Elmwood in Berkeley, and Landmark Theatres Piedmont in Oakland.


I highly recommend Sworn Virgin directed by Laura Bispuri (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo) 2015 and Xenia directed by Panos H. Koutras (Greece/France/Belgium) 2014, both award winning films.

Three other Mediterranean features are Hidden Away directed by Mikel Rueda (Spain) 2014, The New Girlfriend directed by François Ozon (France) 2014, and Summer Nights directed by Mario Fanfani (France) 2014.

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Spanish Beatle

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed directed by David Trueba (Spain) 2013 looks back to 60’s Spain during the repressive Franco regime. The principal character is a grammar school teacher in a small town who uses the lyrics of Beatles song to teach his class of young boys English.


He sets out on a road trip hoping to meet John Lennon during the filming of a feature film in southern Spain. Joined on his journey by a teenage boy rebelling from his autocratic father and a young woman escaping from the home where she is confined because of her pregnancy.

The film screens Thursday night 9 October 2014 at the Sequoia 1 and Friday afternoon 10 October 2014 at the Rafael 1 during Mill Valley Film Festival 37.

Contact California Film Institute for more information.

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Marin Film Fest

The 37th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival runs 2 – 12 October 2014 with screenings at five Marin County venues.


Features include: 10,000 KM (Spain) 2014; Clouds Of Sils Maria (US/France/Switzerland/Germany) 2014; Diplomacy (France) 2014; Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem (Israel/France/Germany) 2014; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Italy) 1966;

How I Came To Hate Math (France) 2013; I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Italy) 2014; The Lamb (Turkey) 2014; Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (Spain) 2013; Marie’s Story (France) 2014; Minuscule: Valley Of Lost Ants (France/Belgium) 2014; On The Way To School (France) 2013;

Soleils (France/Burkina Faso) 2014; Stockholm (Spain) 2013; Summer ’82: When Zappa Came To Sicily (Italy) 2013; Timbuktu (France/Mauritania) 2014; Two Days, One Night (Belgium/France/Italy) 2014; and A Woman As A Friend (Italy) 2014.

See California Film Institute for more information.

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Street Food Fest

The Sixth Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival takes place Saturday 16 August 2014 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Folsom Street between 20th and 26th. This will be the final time the event will be held in the Mission District.


Over 80 vendors will the serving food to an estimated crowd of 80,000 people. While much of the dishes offered are Latin American or Asian, several booths offer Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. These include: A16, Chef Pelle, Crème Brûlée Cart, Crumble & Whisk Patisserie, Gerard’s Paella, Il Canne Roso, and Mozzeria.

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Marin Reels

Mill Valley Film Festival 36 runs 3 – 13 October 2013 with screenings at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and Cinearts Sequoia in Mill Valley.


Features include: Al Helm: Martin Luther King In Palestine directed by Connie Field (US) 2013; Belleville Baby directed by Mia Engberg (Sweden 2012); The Best Offer directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy) 2013; Blue Is The Warmest Color directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (France) 2013; Capital directed by Costa-Gavras (France) 2012; Cheba directed by Francoise Charpiat; The Dandelions directed by Carine Tardieu (France) 2012; Lumumba directed by Raoul Peck (France) 2000; One Man’s Show directed by Newton I. Aduaka (Nigeria/France) 2012; The Past directed by Asghar Farhadi (France/Italy) 2012: The Year And The Vineyard directed by Jonathan Cenzuel (Spain) 2013; Yema (Algeria) 2012; and Zaytoun directed by Eran Rikiis (UK/Israel) 2012.

Also the California Film Institute will honor Greek-born director Costa-Gavras in a tribute program that includes a conversation, moderated by Peter Coyote, and a showing of his latest film, Capital. More information about the entire festival program available at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

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Paris Reunion

The youngest of three siblings returns from Israel to attend her mother’s funeral and settle the estate that includes the family apartment they all shared at one time.


Rue Mandar directed by Idit Cebula (France) 2012 reveals the ongoing personal turmoil, insecurities, and marital conflicts typical of any family. It includes dramatic scenes that are at times comical and challenging. Included is a Shabbat dinner that erupts into a display of dysfunctional behavior.

The film screens again at Cinearts in Palo Alto Saturday 3 August 2013, the California Theater in Berkeley Wednesday 7 August 2013, and the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael Saturday 10 August 2013 during the final weeks of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 33.

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The 56th annual San Francisco International Film Festival runs 25 April to 9 May 2013. Included are more than three-dozen films produced or set in Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, and Spain. Most of these are dramatic features, a few are shorts, and three are documentaries. Programs will take place at eight venues in San Francisco and one in Berkeley.


Among the ten films competing for the New Directors Prize are: Habi, the Foreigner directed by María Florencia Álvarez, Argentina/Brazil 2013; Present Tense directed by Belmin Sölyemez, Turkey 2012; La Sirga directed by William Vega, Colombia/France/Mexico 2012; and Youth directed by Justine Malle, France 2012.

Before Midnight directed by Richard Linklater, USA 2012 is set in Greece. This is a sequel to Before Sunrise, USA 1995. The new film screens Thursday 9 May 2013, 7:00 PM at the Castro Theatre followed by the closing night party 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM at Ruby Skye. Wednesday 8 May 2013 the director will take part in A Conversation With Richard Linklater 6:00 PM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

For more information and tickets see the San Francisco Film Society web site.

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