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A Handful of Must-sees at San Francisco’s 57th International Film Festival

SFIFF55_GoboStill trying to choose which films to see at this year’s International Film Festival? Well, perhaps I can help.

Regardless of where your particular tastes in cinema may lie, this festival will usually have at least one film catered just for you. Sadly, if your catered cup of tea happens to be animated features, tough noogies. Other than the animated block of shorts you’re shit out of luck when it comes to cinematic animation. Oh well, I guess you’ll have to get satisfy your animated jones elsewhere. Anyway, animated film or not, one can take solace in knowing there are still a fair amount of films to look forward to this year. Let’s get down to it shall we? Follow the jump to see 8 films that I have deemed absolute cant-be-miss essentials.

This year’s International Film Festival takes place from Thursday April 24th through Thursday, May 8th Read More…

Coming to SFIFF 2014: “Manakamana” and “Burt’s Buzz”


MANAKAMANA_02three-stars15Ever wonder what it would be like to sit in a sky tram for an hour-and-a-half and stare at whomever or whatever got on board every 10 minutes? Wonder no more. This movie is a great way to satisfy your people staring addiction without being perceived as being a creep.

Manakamana is a perfect example of the difference between a motion picture performance art piece and a more conventional fly-on-the-wall documentary, with this being the former. It’s also a very fun film to pronounce. So yeah, there’s that too.

Showtimes for Manakamana:
Friday, April 25th 6:00pm (New People Cinema)
Sunday,April 27th 1:00pm (New People Cinema)
Monday, May 5th 2:00pm (Sundance Kabuki) Read More…

Adam’s SFIFF56 Report: Day 7 – “Animation Shorts”, “Our Homeland”, or “Kazoku no kuni” and “Computer Chess”

TRAM_04Some animation with a little Christopher Plummer narration, a glimpse into a heartbreaking repatriation situation, and a nostalgic 1980s’ stylization of computer nerds playing chess. Let’s begin.

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Adam’s SFIFF56 Report: Day 6 – The Act of Killing

Act_of_killing_01My plan was to catch two movies today, but sometimes “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”. Am I right, Robert Burns, or am I right? Long story short, I was in dire need of a quick power nap after work. So, in the spirit of Mr. Burns (the poet, not Homer Simpson’s boss) I told myself, “what Adam’s body wants, Adam’s body gets”. Deep poetry, I know. My quick power nap turned into a 2-hour siesta and, before I knew it, I missed the last festival screening of Olivier AssayasSomething in the Air. All was not lost though. I woke up in time to scoot on over to Berkeley’s PFA and catch The Act of Killing. Besides, Assayas’ film is planned for a limited release run here in San Francisco two weeks from now. Read More…

Adam’s SFIFF56 Report: Day 5 – “Youth Works”, “Prince Avalanche” and “Ernest & Celestine” or “Ernest et Célestine”

Prince_Avalanche_03Having gotten up earlier than planned, thanks to my choosing to bunk with an energetic early bird, my start was an early one. I arrived at the theatre 2 hours before the start of my first movie. What happened then, you ask? Well I’ll tell ya what happened. Read More…

Adam’s SFIFF56 Report: Day 4 – “Just the Wind” and “Cold War”

Just_the_wind_03Before I begin my report of what I watched I’d like to point out that “officially” this is the 6th day of the festival, but being that I refuse to recognize the Opening Night film as a day, and considering I was unable to attend anything on Monday, I’m calling this Day 4. If you don’t like it, tough noogies! Now, that that’s out of the way, here’s how Day 4 went. Read More…

Filmbalaya’s Guide to SFIFF56 2013

SFIFF56_lens_creative_logo-1The fifty-sixth incarnation of the San Francisco Film Festival is hot on the tracks for (at the time of this writing) another week and a half, and Filmbalaya is here to tell you what you should see and what you shouldn’t necessarily spend your time on! Our healthy and entirely objective star system filters out the fat from the meat like a tennis racket panning gold… A very, very finely woven tennis racket that is. You can’t always afford a perfect panning system.

Anyway, you get the idea. This will be a living document, much like (hypothetically) the Constitution and Keith Richards. Read More…

Tom’s SFIFF56 Report: Day 4 – “Night Across The Street”, “The East”, and “Key of Life”

East_01What a better way to spend a beautiful, sunny San Francisco day than to watch some films at a film festival? With one exception it was well worth it! Here are a couple that I saw today, as well as Key of Life thrown in there for good measure.

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Adam’s SFIFF56 Report: Day 3 – “Marketa Lazarová” and “The Pirogue”

Marketa_Lazarova_01Two movies today, both at the Berkeley venue. One of which took place in the middle ages and the other in the middle of the ocean.

This first film, Frantisek Vlácil‘s 1966 enchantingly beautiful and often grimy Marketa Lazarová, was being shown in honor of George Gund, III, who passed away in January after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer. Aside from being a very generous donator to the San Francisco Film Society, as well as Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive, George was also an advent lover of foreign cinema, particularly films from the Czech Republic. As was announced before the film began, George’s love for Marketa Lazarová grew with every re-watch, which apparently there were several. He said – now, I’m paraphrasing here – he had a strong need to keep coming back to this film, both for its beauty and to discover yet another layer of the film that he had previously not seen.

Well, George, after my virgin viewing of this film that you so admired, I must say, I too now feel a wanting urge to return to this barbaric world, some time sooner than later. Perhaps the PFA will add this to their schedule during their tribute to you later on this year. So, now that you know I liked Marketa, here’s what I have to say about it. Read More…

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