Review: Murder in Pacot (Peck, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Seasoned director and Port-au-Prince native Raoul Peck‘s Murder in Pacot takes place immediately following Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. An affluent couple (played by Alex Descas and Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin), finding their spacious house… Continue reading

Review: Sworn Virgin (Bispuri, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Sworn Virgin, which won the Golden Gate New Directors Prize at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, is now my second Albanian film of the festival (and also of my life). This… Continue reading

Review: Hill of Freedom (Hong, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I was seduced by the description of this film on the SFIFF website as well as by the idea of seeing work by a new-to-me South Korean director. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned… Continue reading

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Gomez-Rejon, 2015)

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Having missed the only showing of this film at the San Francisco International Film Festival recently, I jumped at the chance to attend an advanced screening on Monday. Me and Earl and the… Continue reading

Review: H. (Attieh & Garcia, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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As enigmatic as its title, H. eludes easy description. The best I can come up with is that it’s something like Coherence meets Upstream Color. Since both of those are obscure indie scifi… Continue reading

Support Resurface (Izenburg & Padula, 201?)

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My good friend Scott Stillman is producing a documentary called Resurface about military veterans who use surf therapy to cope with PTSD. For Scott and his partners, the film has been a labor… Continue reading

Review: Far From Men (Oelhoffen, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Far From Men is French director and screenwriter David Oelhoffen‘s second feature film. This adaptation of Albert Camus’s story “L’Hôte” (“The Guest”) screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival this spring. It comes… Continue reading

Review: Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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You know any film that begins with a severed arm traveling down a coal chute is going to be a memorable one. Few directors are bold enough to open with such a morbid image: Diao Yinan is… Continue reading

Review: Bota (Elezi & Logoreci, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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So far this year the San Francisco International Film Festival has brought me to Tehran, Hanoi, Chile, Zimbabwe, and now a backwater village in Albania. Bota (Albanian for “the world”) is the name… Continue reading

SFIFF 2015 Festival Recap

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The 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival ended nearly two weeks ago. All in all, it was a great festival for San Franciscan moviegoers, this blog, and (I hope) you. I was able… Continue reading