SFIFF 2015 Mid-Festival Check-In

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Sadly, the San Francisco International Film Festival is about half over. Happily, there’s still half left! I wrote my list of Must-See Documentaries and Narratives at the start of the festival, but now… Continue reading

Must-See Narratives at SFIFF 2015

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If you thought it would be hard to decide between 30+ documentaries at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year, try figuring out what narrative features to watch from the roughly 60 options.… Continue reading

Must-See Documentaries at SFIFF 2015

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The San Francisco International Film Festival opens tomorrow with what will undoubtedly be a big draw: a documentary exploring the life and legacy of Steve Jobs. (Bonus: Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney will field… Continue reading

Review: Democrats (Nielsson, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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  Filmmaker Camilla Nielsson obtains an impressive level of access for her documentary Democrats, which portrays the crafting of Zimbabwe’s new constitution following the recent formation of a coalition government. The film, screening at… Continue reading

Review: El Cordero (Francisco Olea, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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El Cordero (translated as “the lamb”) is another feature-length directorial debut, this time by Chilean filmmaker Juan Francisco Olea, and probably my favorite of the three SFIFF films I’ve reviewed so far. The movie’s… Continue reading

Review: Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Nguyen, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is full of interesting directorial debuts this year, and Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere, which won Best Debut Film at the Venice Film Festival, is no exception.… Continue reading

Review: A Few Cubic Meters of Love (Mahmoudi, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Director Jamshid Mahmoudi‘s compelling debut feature film A Few Cubic Meters of Love, screening in a few weeks at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), tells the tale of two lovesick youth… Continue reading

Looking Ahead: 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival

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I’m taking a break from CAAMFest reviews to make sure you are all aware that the 58th annual San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is coming up soon! Opening Night is on Thursday,… Continue reading

Review: Love Arcadia (Gan, 2015) – CAAMFest 2015

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Director Lawrence Gan‘s debut feature-length film is a pleasant romantic comedy taking place in the uber-Asian Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia. For recent high school graduate Jake (Anthony Ma), his job at his… Continue reading

Review: Jalanan (Ziv, 2013) – CAAMFest 2015

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Jalanan is one of the finest examples of cinéma vérité I have seen at CAAMFest, which is why I named it one of the 4 Must-See Documentaries of the festival. The documentary, which… Continue reading