Category Archive: SFIFF

Review: Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong, 2015) – SFIFF 2016

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If I had realized before I had begun the film that its director had made Hill of Freedom (which screened at last year’s SFIFF), I wouldn’t have watched it. As it was, I recognized… Continue reading

SFIFF 2016 Recap – Part 2, Documentary Features

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Of the documentary features I screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year, Weiner, Life, Animated, and Author: The JT LeRoy Story float to the top of my list–Weiner for deepening,… Continue reading

SFIFF 2016 Festival Recap – Part 1, Narrative Features

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  The 59th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival is now over, and what a festival it was! With 60 narrative features, 37 documentary features, and 74 short films shown over a span of… Continue reading

Review: Peter and the Farm (Stone, 2016) – SFIFF 2016

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Peter Dunning–farmer, artist, poet–owns and operates Vermont’s Mile Hill Farm, a nearly two-hour drive from Burlington, the state’s largest city. Vermont, which produced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is the second least populous… Continue reading

Review: Suite Armoricaine (Breton, 2015) – SFIFF 2016 Preview

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A suite, in musical terms, is an ordered set of instrumental pieces, often thematically or tonally linked. Though Pascale Breton‘s sophomore feature, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Locarno, is named after the popular bawdy… Continue reading

Looking Ahead: SFIFF 2016

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The 59th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival is just around the corner! Opening Night, on Thursday, April 21st (just two short days from now), launches two weeks of Bay Area movie heaven.… Continue reading

Review: Jauja (Alonso, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I walked out of this film thinking, Maybe I should stop watching these really indie indie movies. The kind made for about a hundred people to appreciate. But the further I got from… Continue reading

Review: A Borrowed Identity (Riklis, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The Arab Israeli is a persistent subject of Israeli cinema. Arabani follows an outcast and his two children returning to his (Arab) Druze community in Israel, the documentary Life Sentences features a man… Continue reading

Review: Advantageous (Phang, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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In the future, terrorist attacks are commonplace; society has become even more obsessed with youth and beauty; the gap between the rich and the poor has only widened; and, for the ever-shrinking middle… Continue reading

Review: Stations of the Cross (Brüggemann, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Stations of the Cross is a religious drama brought to us by German brother-and-sister team Dietrich and Anna Brüggemann–one for which the filmmaking duo won the 2014 Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Script.… Continue reading