The San Francisco Film Festival aka SFFilm Festival, kicks off this week with the world premiere of the Netflix series The Tales of the City during the opening ceremony.
This Armistead Maupin saga has made us dream so much and might even have led us to San Francisco. It is neither a French film nor a Francophone one, but it is a series so closely linked to San Francisco and to a certain idea of the city, that we felt like to mention it.
April 10th at 7 pm, Tales of the City – Castro Theater
Followed by the opening ceremony at the Regency Center
Claire Denis: Tribute and Screening of her film “High Life”
The main French event of this festival is the tribute to Claire Denis during the presentation of her new film High Life. “For me, cinema is not made to give a psychological explanation, for me, cinema is a montage,” explains the master filmmaker Claire Denis. Those who have experienced works like Beau Travail (Festival 2000), Friday Night (2003), The Intruder (Festival 2005) or her first feature film Chocolat (1988) know the singularity of Denis’ work.
This comprehensive tribute to a long-time filmmaker so much appreciated by the audience of the SFFILM Festival, will feature a summary of her career, a stage discussion and a presentation of her astonishing new film High Life.
When asked about the look and design of this film, Denis said, “My aesthetic was simple: it’s a prison, I wanted the inside of the spaceship to look like a prison. It’s my radical framework in terms of aesthetics”.
🗓 April 11th at 8pm – High Life at the Victoria Theater – 2961 16th St. (between Mission & Capp St.)
The Sisters Brothers (Les Frères Sisters)
We could not ignore The Sisters Brothers! Even though the projection is focused on a tribute to the actor John C. Reilly, the film is signed… Jacques Audiard.
A genuine western in the context of the gold rush that unfolds between Portland and San Francisco. Just great!
🗓 April 12th at 7pm, The Sisters Brothers at the Castro Theater
Another world premiere with the projection of the documentary “Yours Truly” centered around the work of Ai WeiWei, echoing his @Large exhibition in 2015 on Alcatraz. Alcatraz exhibition was designed by Ai WeiWei while he was under house arrest in China as a political prisoner.
🗓October 14 at 7:30 pm at the Castro Theater
A Faithful Man
In this movie, Louis Garrel plays his own romantic farce, the one of Abel’s who is slowly passive and jostled by the whims of others. His lover Marianne (Laetitia Casta) throws him for his friend Paul, then reappears a few years later, while the seductive younger sister of Paul, Eve (Lily- Rose Depp) plays the role of an obsessive lover. Garrel wrote the screenplay with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle de Jour, 1967) and the film certainly knows how to take advantage of Garrel’s man-child charm.
🗓Friday, April 12th at 6:30 pm, Roxie Theater
🗓Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00 pm, YBCA screening room
Enemy Brothers (Close enemies)
International superstars Matthias Schoenaerts (The Mustang, supported by SFFILM, 2019) and Reda Kateb (The White Knights Festival 2016) present this crime drama by David Oelhoffen (Far From Men Festival 2015). Although Manuel (Schoenaerts) and Driss (Kateb) grew up in the same Parisian working-class suburbs, they will today be at odds with the law after the brutal murder of one of Driss’s informants.
🗓 Sunday, April 21 at 16:30, Victoria Theater
🗓 Monday, April 22 at 18h, Victoria Theater
Duelles (Mothers’ instinct)
Neighbors and mothers, Celine and Alice see their friendship change radically when a devastating accident strikes one of their family. This gives a deliciously sinuous, vintage thriller that combines Alfred Hitchcock’s thematic evocations with Pedro Almodóvar’s sense of color and décor. The Belgian director Masset-Depasse explores the sinister side of maternal devotion while Céline and Alice swap martini glasses and cheese with knives and chloroform.
🗓Sunday April 21 at 7:30pm Victoria Theater
🗓 Tuesday April 23 at 8:45pm at the Victoria Theater
Paper Flags (Drapeaux de papier)
Ambrosioni, director of Paper Flags (19 years, one of the youngest director of a feature film cinema) tells, in a mature style and sensitivity despite his age the story of Vincent (Guillaume Gouix), recently released from prison, who is visiting the modest home of his sister Charlie (Noémie Merlant). The film explores the limits of family solidarity and raises the question of reintegration. Check our detailed review here
🗓Saturday, April 20th at 9:15 pm, Roxie Theater
🗓Sunday April 21st at 7:00 pm, Creativity Theater
Merci Isabella Demeulenaere