Free Spirit

Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France was certainly a highlight of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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The title is also the name of its main character, who sings during the titles and both sings and dances at various times throughout the film.

What the film lacks in pure cinematic technique is more than made up for through its generous portrayal of human life in difficult times.

Djam is a young, attractive, street-wise woman able to meet most of the challenges during her journey from the Greek island of Lesvos to Istanbul and back. Entrusted to accomplish a mission she’s quite capable of completing.

The film is hopeful and celebratory despite terrible conditions in this dark era.

The festival continues through the end of this week.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival at www.grfilm.com.

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Arab Film Fest 20

The twentieth annual Arab Film Festival opens soon in five California cities.

San Francisco 7 – 11 October 2016, Oakland 12 – 14 October 2016, Berkeley 15 – 16 October 2016, Los Angeles 21 – 23 October 2016, and San Diego 27 – 30 October 2016.

Clash directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt) 2016 is the opening night film at the Castro Theatre. It will be preceded by a reception and followed by a party at Mercer featuring DJ Emancapacion. Subsequent San Francisco screenings will be at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Very Big Shot directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya (Lebanon) 2015 is the opening night film at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles. Iraqi Odyssey is the opening film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

This year’s festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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SFIFF 59

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 21 April to 5 May 2016 at six Bay Area venues.

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France: The Apostate, As I Open My Eyes, Blood Of My Blood, Cowboys, Dead Slow Ahead, The Dream Of Bottom, The Innocents, Journey To The Shore, Love & Friendship, Microbe And Gasoline, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, Nephtali, No Home Movie, Phantom Boy, Suite Armoricaine, Welcome To My Life, The White Knights, Winter Song, and A Young Patriot.

Israel: Mountain, Mr. Gaga, and Presenting Princess Shaw.

Lebanon: Abu Ammar Is Coming and Very Big Shot.

Spain: The Apostate, Dead Slow Ahead, and Night Without Distance.

Turkey: Frenzy and Sept-Oct 2015 Cizne.

Also: Chevalier (Greece), Blood Of My Blood (Italy), False Start (Morocco), and As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia).

The San Francisco venues are Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, Castro Theatre, Gray Area, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre. Plus the new BAMPFA in Berkeley.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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Film Award

Laura Bispuri, director of Sworn Virgin (Idaly/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo) 2015, received the Golden Gate New Directors Prize during San Francisco International Film Festival 58.

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The jury said, Laura Bispuri is a distinct new filmmaking talent who we are excited to follow as her career progresses. There is a great purity and truth in her approach to a story of contemporary female struggle. Bispuri has crafted a film, grounded by extraordinary performances, that is at once effortless and delicate, but also bold in its execution.

The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.

Recipients of the previous two years were Benjamín Naishtat for History of Fear (Argentina/France /Germany/Qatar/Uruguay) and Belmin Sölyemez for Present Tense (Turkey).

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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.

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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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SFGFF 2014

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens nightly at 7:00 PM from 4 – 10 May 2014 at Delancey Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

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This year’s narrative features are: A Place Called Home directed by Maria Douza 2013, Joy And Sorrow Of The Body directed by Andreas Panzis 2013, Block 12 directed by Kyriakos Tofarides 2013, Miss Violence directed by Alexandros Avranas 2013, Magic Hour directed by Costas Kapakas 2011, Marjoram directed by Olga Maiea 2013, and Committed directed by Stelana Kliris 2014.

For more information and tickets contact the San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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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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